Category: Cricket

The Prince Holds Court: Brisbane Love, 2003

First test match of the series.  The ball is seaming around at the Gabba. It’s a cloudy day.

Tendulkar has just been taken out by a Bucknor special.

The scoreboard reads 3/62. The Prince of Calcutta walks in.

He slashes past point. He swivel pulls. He caresses silken drives through the covers.

Runs a quick two for his hundred. Punches the air. Twice. Even hardened Aussies, who talk of targeting touring captains, applaud in the background.

Dada has the Aussies in his sights.

India is in Australia to compete.

144* – what a glorious start to the series!


Full innings here –

Australia v. India, 2nd Test Match, The Gabba: Preview

Time for the second test!

(We’ve barely had time to catch our breath after the frantic finish in Adelaide but the tests are flying thick and fast – keep them coming!)

Australia has already come out and named their playing XI. Quite a few changes – from Steve Smith being named captain to the inclusion of Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Starc and a debut for Josh Hazlewood. Harris and Siddle are the guys missing out – pretty surprising as they have been the mainstay of Australia’s test squad for a while but perhaps Australia is looking to the future.

Australia will miss the presence of Clarke but on a seaming and quick wicket at the Gabba they seem to have their strategy set, going for the raw pace of Starc.

As we did for the first test, we are going ahead to name the India’s playing XI that we feel is best suited for this game. Read More

Australia v India, Adelaide, 2014 : A test to remember

The dust has now settled in Adelaide. A lot has been written about the first test and a lot has been said about it. Should Karn have played? Should India have tried harder to block the game out once Kohli departed? Is Rohit Sharma a test calibre batsman? What is up with the umpires? Should they all be replaced by DRS robots?

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Australia v. India, 1st test, day 5 preview (it all comes down to today)

A familiar pattern has played itself out over the last four days.

  1. Dropping Ravi Ashwin against our express advice
  2. Dropping catches and spending two days in the field chasing leather (I can’t remember the last time we actually bowled a team out in an overseas test match. May have been the Lords test this summer – can’t help but think that was a total fluke.)
  3. The top order flattering to deceive yet again, getting starts but not scoring big runs (save for Virat, who should really be kicking himself for handing the momentum back to Australia at the end of Day 3. He should be getting hundreds, big hundreds, double hundreds).
  4. Rohit Sharma getting out to a soft shot (surprise surprise!) and all thoughts of a lead quickly evaporating.
  5. A spinner taking a five-for against some of the best players of spin (incidentally, he couldn’t buy a wicket in the last series against Pakistan).
  6. The opposition batsman piling on the runs quickly, helped by wickets off no-balls.
  7. Back to square one, waiting for a declaration.

Something tells me Clarke is going to declare overnight and set India 364 to win.

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Five Minutes Before Lunch on Day 3

India had just lost Murali Vijay. Mitchell Johnson was fired up. Five minutes before lunch – one of the worst times to come in to bat.

The slips opened their eyes a little wider.  The other fielders crept slightly closer to the bat. Virat Kohli, captain of India, swaggered in, took guard and looked around. Twirled his bat his bat a couple of times before settling into his stance. Read More

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