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  1. Arjun

    44th Match - Sri Lanka v India

    This Indian squad is actually optimised for low-middle scoring games on pitches with a lot of help for the bowlers. On flat decks, where the bowlers will get smashed a lot and the batsmen, be unable to smash much, there is cause for concern. Wicket-taking bowlers are needed for flat deck matches...
  2. Arjun

    44th Match - Sri Lanka v India

    Completely surprising, this reversal of form for Kumar. He has his shortcomings, but he was in good form until that injury. Perhaps it's back to Pandya, lack of bowling consistency notwithstanding. If the team plays on a flat deck, they'll be in a spot of bother, with the spinners being found...
  3. Arjun

    40th Match - Bangladesh v India

    Dhoni should come up to four and start at the middle overs. That's much better suited for his current batting thinking, to take it slow, build and then launch. Jadhav should be brought back to bat at five in place of Karthik. The likes of Pant and Pandya shouldn't be brought in until the 40th...
  4. Arjun

    40th Match - Bangladesh v India

    Dinesh Karthik plays 8 balls in a developing partnership with Dhoni, only to throw his wicket away with that shot. Let's keep Kedar Jadhav on the bench? This is a flat pitch with minimal assistance to the seamers. Hardik's batting skills may be less of a factor than his lack of bowling skills...
  5. Arjun

    40th Match - Bangladesh v India

    Good for Rahul. He needed this fifty, and needs to convert this to a hundred. Indian team's middle-order is even weaker with these swaps. A lot depends on one, two, three and Dhoni, who needs to come up to four now.
  6. Arjun

    34th Match - West Indies v India

    Kumar may have to miss the rest of the World Cup unless a spinner can't be played. The best chance he has is in place of Kuldeep Yadav, unless we want them to give more chances to Kuldeep to recover his lost form and inch closer to a quick 100 wickets. Both are capable batsmen lower down at...
  7. Arjun

    34th Match - West Indies v India

    Who among the Indian bowlers other than Shami looks likely to get 100 wickets in this World Cup itself? Three matches to go from now in the group stage. So far, Jazz seems most likely, given his very impressive strike rate and current form. Kuldeep is in poor form (except possibly now), and...
  8. Arjun

    ***Official*** India in South Africa 2017/18

    It's been a while since I even watched a game... The one huge positive for India was that they took twenty wickets for under 300 in both innings- but at a cost- they need a fifth arm. Had it not been for the fifth arm, what we saw them achieve wouldn't be possible. There were, however...
  9. Arjun

    *** Official*** India in West Indies 2017

    Hopefully Kuldeep plays all the matches with Ashwin as a spin partner. Not sure where Pandya fits in. He's a big-hitter on flat decks, but his bowling gets hit more often on those flat decks. He's unproven with the bat on any surface where his bowling makes a difference, simply because he's...
  10. Arjun

    18th June - FINAL - India vs Pakistan

    Excited, compared to the very formal Lord's.
  11. Arjun

    18th June - FINAL - India vs Pakistan

    In a nutshell- The Indian team picked three proper bowlers on a flat deck. Tough luck expecting them to survive at The Oval. p.s. Did I just see political chatter here?
  12. Arjun

    11th June - Group B - India v South Africa

    Clueless batting by the South Africans. Two chaotic run-outs. One wasteful sweep. Too many dot balls and too few singles on a flat deck where this bowling attack is expected to struggle.
  13. Arjun

    11th June - Group B - India v South Africa

    The Oval, a flat deck, is difficult for the Indian side, whose bowling struggles on flat decks. Yet the Indian team goes in with three bowlers- the main reason they lost the last game. At least one of Pandya and Jadeja should have been benched- yet these two may end up bowling 20 overs. It's...
  14. Arjun

    ***Official*** Indian Premier League 2017

    Siddarth Kaul has had a rather good season, especially in the second half. Plenty of wickets, and occasionally, decent pace. He's one of the better T20 bowlers on show. What do you make of it?
  15. Arjun

    Group B - India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka

    Of the XV picked, the openers are not in top form- Dhawan has played second fiddle to the mighty Warner. He won't be so lucky with an out-of-form, converted opener alongside. That's Rohit Sharma- struggling for form now. Pandey is a good choice, and should come in at four. Kohli is struggling...
  16. Arjun

    ***Official*** England in India 2016/17

    Difficult bowling for the Indians to handle. There were not too many poor shots, and those came after sustained pressure from the bowling and very few boundaries. The extra pace was too much for them, and may make a difference.
  17. Arjun

    ***Official*** England in India 2016/17

    Rahane has played too much limited-overs cricket for his own good. These mistakes carry over from there. He was not cut out for limited-overs cricket, and struggled more often than not, yet inexplicably, he was played in too many ODIs/T20Is. Now struggling in Tests.
  18. Arjun

    ***Official*** England in India 2016/17

    At least they could pick a proper opener in place of Karun Nair. There's a reason why Matt Prior never opened the innings and Bairstow doesn't.
  19. Arjun

    ***Official*** England in India 2016/17

    Parthiv Patel picked as a wicketkeeper-opener? The Indians are repeating mistakes they made in the previous decade! Will they never learn? Expect another 20/2 score with Kohli walking in. The sooner Saha gets back, the better.
  20. Arjun

    Indian Domestic Season 2016-17

    The Bansi Lal Stadium at Lahli produces yet another miniscule-scoring game. Baroda out for 97, Bengalo out for 76, Baroda out for 133. Karnataka struggling at Delhi against Odisha, but we can expect this to be a very competitive game. Karnataka 179 all out, Odisha at 125/5. Pankaj Singh still...

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