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Normal is Boring, Will Virat’s ‘mindset’ bring Acche Din Overseas?

Sydney has been the perfect place to experiment with an evolving Test side. If that’s the mindset with which Virat Kohli has approached a dead Rubber, he has made the right start as India’s official Test captain. They say: “Normal is boring, being weird and crazy makes you happy in life.” If there is design in asking Lokesh Rahul to open the innings and promote Rohit Sharma as No. 3, Kohli much-hyped ‘aggression’ has been well directed this time. The “normal” batting line-up was certainly getting boring in the current Test series. Shikhar Dhawan ran hot and cold and Cheteshwar

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Bowling, Experience India’s biggest challenge for World Cup 2015 defence

Not many surprises found its place in a script that selectors wrote for the World Cup down under. As India enter cricket’s battle royale, trying to defend the trophy, the challenge to the batting order will be huge. Add inexperience to the woes, considering 11 out of 15 selected have never played a World Cup, and for a majority this would also be their first tour to possibly the toughest cricketing country. For a refresher here is the team selected: MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, all-rounder Stuart Binny pacers Ishant Sharma,

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Ravi Shastri, one itch too many for MS Dhoni?

Media bashing has become a favourite pastime for cricketers. With lack of transparency on contentious issues, Indian cricket has been shrouded in secrecy and the latest in a series of turbid topics that has left scribes bewildered is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sudden decision to quit Test cricket. It is the media’s job to ask questions. In an environment of murkiness and information blockade, speculations are inevitable. To call reporters “screenplay writers for thrillers” may sound dramatic but does it really clarify doubts that millions of fans have in their minds? Fans make cricketers and therefore, they must know. The latest

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MS Dhoni Quits: The Untold Story

MS Dhoni’s decision to quit Test cricket and his reluctance to talk about the suddenness of this massive career call has fuelled speculation on his future. Having being bred in a system that lacks transparency, Dhoni’s silence reflects the current state of flux in a leaderless Board of Control for Cricket in India. Given the fact that Dhoni is India’s most successful captain, he deserved a fitting farewell. After guiding India to a face-saving draw at MCG earlier this week, Dhoni quietly grabbed a stump as a souvenir. He loves collecting souvenirs but to pick one is a drawn match

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Dhoni retired in the style he played, no emotions, just went off

It was sad seeing journalists who have possibly achieved nothing in their LIVES, not devoted a single second for bringing smiles to the faces of tired, fatigued Indians, haven’t made this country any better by any stretch of imagination, bashing Dhoni and his retirement timing. India’s most successful cricket captain and undoubtedly our best wicketkeeper batsman retired without creating any noise. He did not ask for a farewell game, he had no emotional speeches to make. He came out to bat normally yesterday on the final day of the Test, did what he does best by taking India out of

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Why is MS Dhoni Not Keeping Virat Kohli Under Check?

India could be chasing a record score batting fourth at Melbourne. Australia have a lead of 326 at stumps on Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test. In 1928, England scored 332 for 7 to beat Australia at MCG. Young and feisty Virat Kohli has said India can chase any total on Day 5 of the third Test at Melbourne on Tuesday. Australia have a lead of 326 runs at stumps on Day 4 on Monday. The highest successful fourth innings chase at the MCG was achieved by England in 1928-29, when they compiled 332 for victory. “We have the

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Cricket in 2014, the highs, the lows and the number 63

It will be an understatement to suggest that 2014 has been an eventful year for the game of cricket. The sport has seen some dramatic events at its administrative level that has had some lauding it, while others gasping at the turn of events. Off the field, controversies, fall from grace, a tell all saga, everything has ensued. On the field has been no less dramatic. Certain teams creating history, some becoming one. It has all happened in a space of twelve months. Here are the five stories that defined cricket for me in 2014. (5) David v/s Goliath: A

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India vs Australia: Down Under 2014: The Tour that matters

There is a saying we often use in our day-to-day lives. “The Show Must Go On”. On most occasions, this phrase is used after some tragedy, be it a calamity or the loss of a dear one. Yesterday when Michael Clarke in a tribute to his friend Phil Hughes, used a line “See you in the middle my little brother”, that has now become part of cricket Folklore. International cricket will return in Australia from 9th December onwards. Currently placed sixth in the rankings, team India will take on World number Two ‘The Australians’ in a four-match Test series. India

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November 16, the day Tendulkar retired, still haunts me

Have you ever feared a roof falling off, only because of sheer sound? Have you ever sensed tears around you in absolute pin drop silence? Reminiscing that date, still gives me Goosebumps. Even today an year later, it’s hard to believe that the man’s journey of 24 years between 22 yards is over. It is said ‘All good things come to an end’, yet as my friend Rohit had said last year, that he thought Sachin would play on forever. How I wish that could have been a reality. It’s still tough to see the game without that man in

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An Open “Banter” Letter To Michael Vaughan

Dear Michael, You know your name is so common in the West that the readers can get confused. Yeah! Its more like we had a million Vijay’s when Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was at his peak, or like a billion Rahul’s when Shah Rukh Khan was the heartthrob of the nation. Anyways that is irrelevant at the moment, but before I get going with this letter, it is my duty to inform the readers that you are not the seven time Formula One champion ‘Schumacher’ neither are you that legendary basketball champion ‘Jordan’ and no you are not even the dancing

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