Favourite ODI innings (Part 1 of 3) – M.S. Dhoni’s 91* v Sri Lanka

While the last decade has seen the ODI battling with its younger, (arguably) more attractive cousin for relevance, the nineties and the noughties were undeniably the golden age of ODIs. Having started watching cricket in the 90s, we thought it would be nice to do a series where each of our bloggers picks his favourite ODI innings. This is the first part of the feature and DJ has picked his favourite ODI innings – M.S. Dhoni’s 91* v Sri Lanka

Cometh the hour, cometh the man

World Cup finals can reduce the best captains to rubble – just ask Brendon McCullum. Heartbreak seems around the corner with India floundering after being set the highest ever chase in a World Cup final. The destructive Sehwag and demi-God Sachin are already back in the pavilion. Indian fans are starting to brace themselves for a repeat of 2003. I have flown into Mumbai from London hours earlier just to watch this game and am beginning to wonder whether the decision was too hasty. The third wicket falls after a bit of a partnership – Kohli lobs a catch back to the bowler. Unbelievably, the Indian captain promotes himself above Yuvraj, India’s in-form player, and walks out to join Gambhir. A billion people watch every move.  Read More …

West Indies-Australia-South Africa Triseries: Preview and Top Fantasy Cricket Tips

It’s been a few days since the IPL wrapped up and if you are still suffering from IPL Withdrawal Syndrome (yes, it’s a thing!), perhaps the ODI Triseries between West Indies, South Africa and Australia starting on 3 June to will help ease your symptoms. And for those you missing your daily fix of fantasy cricket, OyeCaptain is running leagues for the triseries as well.

The Teams

Australia, South Africa and the West Indies. The West Indies are still the subject of selection politicking – despite not having played in the domestic ODI tournament, Pollard and Sunil Narine were picked for this triseries while the other “rebels” DJ Bravo, Chris Gayle and DJ Sammy were not.  The Windies will also be disappointed after missing out on qualification for next year’s Champions Trophy in England and will be out to prove a point. South Africa, led by the magnificent AB de Villiers, will be competitive but their team composition has issues of its own – they have apparently rested Dale Steyn but he is playing T20 cricket in England! At present, the World Champions Australia look the most settled of the three teams and will be the ones to beat. Mitchell Starc should make his return from injury to strengthen the Aussie bowling line-up.

The Venues

Guyana, St. Kitts and Barbados. The pitches in the West Indies have become much slower and lower than in the heydays of the West Indian pace attack. Expect the spinners to dominate proceedings with the quicks having to rely on changes of pace and cutters to pick up wickets. Batting will not be easy and anything above 275 will be competitive on these difficult pitches.

Our Picks for your Fantasy Cricket Team

We have picked our top Fantasy Cricket XI from across the three teams for the entire tri-series so make sure these guys are in your teams! Enjoy!

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Losing is hard #AusvInd

For anyone committed to playing a sport, losing is hard.

It’s got to be even harder for those making a living out of playing the sport. And losing as an Indian cricketer in Australia must be a pretty special experience.

The constant media scrutiny. The Australian crowds. The well-meaning Indian supporter with advice about your front foot technique. The allegations of match-fixing. Personal attacks on family and friends.

Surely, these guys are mentally exhausted even before they step out onto the field to play the next match. Read More …

No pressure, no diamonds #AusvInd

Visualise this.

You are batting beautifully. Hitting the ball right in the sweet spot. Finding gaps in the field. The fielders are fumbling. The bowlers have resorted to sledging. You respond by smashing them even harder. The fielding captain is looking to the heavens for inspiration.

The run chase is under control. All is well with the world. You are already planning your post-match celebrations.

It’s been a massive partnership.Finally, a wicket goes down. Might be a tired shot or a loose one. Never mind, plenty of wickets left in the bank. Read More …

South Africa’s tour of India: Fifth ODI, Mumbai (Politics, Sport and Batting first)

An MSD special at Indore. A Kohli masterclass in Chennai. Raina striking form. AB de Villiers cracking hundreds at will. Ashwin, Duminy and Morkel out with injury. Shikhar and Miller continuing to struggle.

With the scoreline at 2-2, two evenly matched teams have all to play for in Mumbai.

Speaking of Mumbai, Pakistan-born umpire Aleem Dar was forced to withdraw from officiating the final game of the series hosted by India’s most “cosmopolitan” city.  Read More …