Category: India

India v Australia : Fights, Sledges, Tantrums and Bad Behaviour !

Tempers have always run pretty high in this top of the table clash.

So as a part of the build-up to this much-awaited test series, a selection of the best “fights” across India v Australia games:

HARBHAJAN v PONTING:  17 year old Bhajji scurries for cover after giving Ponting a send-off in Sharjah, 1998.

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju8bKFG0oeY

SACHIN v MCGRATH : The Big Man drops an F Bomb, Nairobi, 2000

MICHAEL SLATER v DRAVID: Michael Slater loses his shit, Mumbai, 2001.

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jLWt9_ne94

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Can’t bat, can’t bowl and can’t field. Say hello to the Indian test team (Part 2).

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

So…nearly two weeks have crawled by since the first part of this post (read part 1 here.)

Ravi Shastri is the new team director. Derbyshire has signed Cheteshwar Pujara. Virat Kohli’s horror run has merely traded formats and coloured clothing for flannels. India lead a series against England 1-0 after the second game (familiar scoreline, anyone?).

The test series defeat still hangs in London’s air like a pall of gloom.

It’s not the defeat that hurts. It’s the gutless manner in which we capitulated – dropping catches, bowling poorly, collapsing innings after innings.

But it was only to be expected. I think it’s rather stupid for anyone to expect our test team to do well abroad. In all honesty, it’s a miracle we still manage to win at home.

Why, then, do we lose test matches?

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Learning to play straight, in the Gully: A Comprehensive Guide to Gully Cricket in India

So there have been a few questions on how this blog came to be named. “One tip, one hand” was one of the fundamental rules of the cricket we played in the streets as kids. This post seeks to capture some of the facets of the game we fondly called “gully cricket” (‘gully’ in this context meaning ‘side-street’, not cricket exclusively played in the fielding position). To confuse things further, while the name gully cricket indicates that this was cricket played in the streets, apart from the streets there were a variety of locations – parks, construction sites and empty parking lots.

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