Preview: India v England T20 Series (and a new fantasy cricket league)

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72 days since their first game of cricket in India and after losing both the ODI and the test series, England finally registered a win on the board in the final ODI to salvage some pride. The following statement will therefore come as a bit of a shock: England will fancy their chances in the T20s against India.

Yes, that’s right. Historically India struggled in tests and were dominant at limited overs cricket in the sub-continent, while England was primarily a test-playing nation. The recent story is different. India has grown to be a formidable Test side at home while England (with their batting firepower) are now an excellent T20 side. Having cruised to the World T20 finals less than a year ago, England start the T20 series as favourites.

In recent T20 outings, however, both sides have seen mixed results. India’s second string team scraped through 2-1 against Zimbabwe and lost to the West Indies either side of that series, once in the US and once in the World T20 semi final. England, too, have won just 1 of their last 3 games, beating Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in between losing to the Windies in the World T20 final, and to Pakistan by 9 wickets in September.

Ahead of the three match T20 series between India and England that kicks off Thursday, here are 3 things the 1 Tip 1 Hand Team is watching closely: Read More …

Everybody knows Chris Gayle is a Champion! – DJ Bravo

Champion – the anthem has summed up the West Indies journey through this World T20 and the folks from the Caribbean will be hoping that the party continues today!

Usually, there is little interest in a final where India is not taking part but that’s the thing about the West Indian team. You cannot help but love them, even if they put your team out of the tournament! Many would have thought that like New Zealand, West Indies may have peaked too early in the tournament. Any such notion was dispelled by a smashing win over India.

Virat played his heart out yet again, showcasing placement, wristwork, running and fitness in his innings of 89* (taking his average to a surreal 136.50 in this WT20). His good innings, though, was undone by two no balls which took wickets. No excuses there, but you have to feel for Virat. So near, yet so far. What a champion! Read More …

Will Kohli win India the World T20 single-handedly?

319 runs at an average of 106.33 and a strike rate of 129.14. Virat Kohli’s batting stats? Correct.  In the WT20? Correct again.

Except that these are Kohli’s stats from 2014.

He took home the Player of the Tournament trophy then, even scoring 77 in the final. But Sri Lanka took home the bigger prize by suffocating Yuvraj Singh.

In 2014, Kohli nearly carried India to a world title in Dhaka by sheer force of will.   Read More …

WT20, India v New Zealand: Beware the Ides of March!

 

Beware the Ides of March” – Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19.

India begin their campaign against New Zealand in Nagpur on 15 March, marking the “real” start of the World T20.

Without a doubt, this will be Dhoni’s last World Cup campaign, ending an amazingly successful captaincy career during which he has led India to all three big titles – WT20 in 2007, the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. The big man will want to go out with a big bang. Read More …

World T20 Favourite Moments: Six sixes in one over

#2: Six sixes in an over (Kingsmead, Durban, England v India, 19 September 2007)

Although India qualified for the super-eights after Favourite Moment #1, our campaign was thrown into disarray after a loss in the first super eight game against New Zealand. India had to win this game to have any hope of qualifying for the semi-finals. Again, this was a crunch situation.

India got off to a great start with quickfire fifties from both Gambhir and Sehwag. Out-of-form Yuvraj Singh was slated to come in at number 4, but instead skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of the second wicket.

Yuvraj would have to wait to bat and he was not happy about it. Visibly agitated, he paced up and down in the dug-out. When the third wicket fell with the score at 155 in 16.4 overs, Yuvraj sprinted out to the middle. Read More …