Sri Lanka in India: 5 talking points from India’s defeat in the Pune T20

So, Sri Lanka have taken the lead in the three match T20 series against India. That should spice things up!

Here are five talking points from India’s defeat in the first T20 in Pune:

  1. The Pitch

Grass. Bounce. Sideways movement. M.S. Dhoni said it was like playing in English conditions at the post match ceremony. The way the Indian batsman were hopping around in Pune, it looked more like they were playing in Perth! For a population that feeds on fours and sixes, the Pune crowd didn’t have much to cheer about. Have to say, though, it was a pleasant change from watching bowlers getting thumped to all corners. Read More …

Singh is King : Australia v India, 3rd T20

Another Kohli special in a big chase. Raina is batting well at the other end.

It’s Yuvraj Singh’s first innings for India since 2014.

The last time he played at the international level Yuvraj scored 11 off 21 in the final of the T20 World Cup. Strike rate – 52.

He was dropped from the team for nearly two years because India had lost a world title. Some heads had to roll.

But he made his way back to the team. He sat with his pads on, watching the kids feast on the bowling for two games.

When he finally got to bat in the last game of the tour, he scratched his way to 5 off 9 balls. Strike rate – 55. Read More …

South Africa’s tour of India, 1st T20, Dharamsala : Let the party begin!

One day to go for the Indian cricket season to get going!

To be honest, we can’t remember the last time India had such a long break – its been almost a month since India finished their tour of Sri Lanka!

Three questions present themselves before the first game of this 72 day tour.

Where does Rahane bat?

As always, India are tigers at home and all the talk is about the strong Indian batting line-up.  Within the current crop, there is no dearth of players who could bat in the top 3 in T20s – in fact Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Raina, Rahane all bat within the top 3 for their respective IPL teams.

The last time India played South Africa in the World Cup, Rahane batted at number 4 and hit a superb 79 off 60 balls only to be overshadowed by Dhawan’s century. Since then, Rahane has opened for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, opened the innings in the ODIs and batted at numbers 3 and 5 in tests. Musical chairs seem to be the order of the day.

(Does this sound familiar? Is Rahane’s career following the same script as his mentor’s? Will he be asked to keep wicket next?) Read More …

The Orange Cap : Time for a re-think?

It’s quite clear most of you think ABdV is the main man at the IPL. With a massive 40% of the votes, followed by Baz at 15% and Chris Gayle at 12.5%, the South African skipper is streets ahead of the competition.

But if you are following the IPL 2015, you will know that Ajinkya Rahane (who was not even a part of the poll!) leads the run scoring charts and wears the Orange Cap.

Then again, it makes complete sense. Read More …