(609)…Ranji Trophy -A short analysis of longest format!

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A very brief analysis on one of the longest 1st class format in world cricket. The Ranji Trophy Ranji Trophy season(2019-20). A tournament of 169 matches, played by 38 teams in 51 cities and 64 grounds.   Here is snap … Continue reading

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(607)…Australia rebuilding its 4th pillar in ODI line-up

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Australia is rebuilding its 4th pillar in Batting line-up.The role play of No. 4 and 5 is to either to continue from good start or rebuild an innings. Whereas the Bat No.4 keeps the balance between top and lower order … Continue reading

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(606)…Steve Smith – The diligent one who took the stairs to reach the top

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Steve Smith began his 1st class career as a bowling all-rounder, went on to become Australia’s best batsman since Sir Donald Bradman. In 2018 his career was derailed by the Newlands ball-tampering scandal which stripped him of his captaincy and … Continue reading

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605-Virat Kohli – The Undisputed Monarch of Indian cricket

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He is the Undisputed Monarch of Indian cricket. He came to limelight in 2008 when he led India to an U-19 World Cup win in Malaysia. By the time he made his debut for the Indian cricket team, he already … Continue reading

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(604)…Women’s Cricket: Follow your style and create your own standard

  Women’s cricket should follow their own style. Currently like men they too are relying on power hitting.  They have potential to play their own game, especially in batting. Women’s cricket has one of the stylish and complete batters in … Continue reading

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(603)…Toss factor is important, but a lead is key to win/save a test match

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Lately toss factor has become the key issues in Test cricket. Some feel it should be abolished and replaced by visiting teams allowed to make decision whether to bat or bowl. I think sport is about being unpredictable otherwise it … Continue reading

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(602)…Dearth of quality Test openers

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There is dearth of quality test openers especially when playing in unfamiliar condition.   I believe picking non-experienced players while playing overseas is one of major reason for them to perform poorly. Since 1st Jan 2017, 84 batsmen opened the batting … Continue reading

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(600)…Women’s Cricket (T20/tri-series) A Dress Rehearsal for World Cup ?

As the tri-series concluded today (12th Feb) one wonders whether this was a dress rehearsal for forthcoming T20 World Cup to be played in Australia in 9 days time ?. The World Cup is held this year in  Australia from … Continue reading

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(598)…Ind in NZ(2020)

It seems India’s favourite place down under is New Zealand. This is the second time in less than a year they have traveled to New Zealand!.This time for a whole series featuring all 3 formats.   In 2019 they played … Continue reading

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15 Oct 2019 Last updated at 9:32 am(588)…Captains who led Australia in Test cricket(1999-2019)

A brief look at Australian Test trends since 1999 under various captains.  Below table is concise of how Australian team excelled in batting and bowling. 

Have used two indicators to reflect their batting and bowling performance.

In Batting I have selected 

a) Totals of 400 plus scores (both inns) Australia manage to post under various captains.  

b) Teams batted for 100 plus overs( both inns).

In Bowling I have selected 

a) Bowling out opponents for 250 or less total (both inns)

b) Taking 100 or less overs to pick 10 wickets (both inns)  

 

Here is a link to comparison of captains from West Indies team and Australian team. 

(354)…Factory that produces leaders.

(587)-Ashes 2019: Series level, unpredictable but deserved result

Ashes Review The series was unpredictable but  2-2 was deserved result for both teams. . England had won their first ever World Cup and with that success they went into Ashes as firm favourites. Then shockingly with great ease Australia … Continue reading

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(586)…Ashes 2019- Australia’s future rests on final days of Ashes.

The last 2 days of this series will decide the future of Australian test batsmen. If they are able produce miracle to salvage themselves from defeat, then they can happily keep their place in this squad. This marvel should be … Continue reading

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(585)…#Ashes2019(Role-play)selection -Wade marginally ahead of Travis

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In Test Cricket batsman’s role-play plays a huge role to build team’s total, particular if condition are suited for bowlers. In the ongoing Ashes scoring runs has been very difficult for both teams. Hence staying at the crease becomes vital … Continue reading

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(582)… Tough job opening in England!. A stats analysis of Ashes openers(1977-2019)

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Have been watching Ashes since 1977 & believe condition in England are toughest for any openers(home or visiting team). Here is snapshot of how openers performed in Ashes.

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(583)..Ashes2019

Few decades ago bowling round the wicket was a rarity for fast bowlers. It was similar to bowling a slower ball. Today every right-arm fast bowler will go round the wicket if a batsman is a left-hander. It is interesting … Continue reading

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