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On 7/10/2019 at 10:44 AM, Uncle Sikee Atric said:

It's hard to follow in the UK, other than radio services.  All viewing is behind paywalls and it has hit the reception the tournament has received.

The final is on free-to-air TV (Channel 4).

 

No disrespect to New Zealand, they're a good side but England will win.

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Uncle Sikee Atric

Thank you Sky for letting the average guy see that....

What a final!  I'm stoked that England won in that way, but New Zealand were worthy winners as well, I wouldn't have complained if they run that last run in the Golden Over.

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Girish

Yeah, what a nail-biting final that was! NZ lost without actually losing. Sucks that we can no longer make fun of England for never having won a WC for a game they invented.

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Lonely-Martin

Very enjoyable, and New Zealand are very unforgunate as there was literally nothing in it. Even my lad got into the game at the end there and he always calls me an old fart when I watch a bit of cricket.

 

Ashes soon, and having watched a look back to '05, looking forward to that. Though they'll do well to repeat that fine series 14 years ago, lol.

 

And with Flintoff on Top Gear currently is great fun. Dare I say, the best that show has been since the main 3 left for Amazon. (Well, 2 left, one booted, lol).

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NileshKumar

What da y'all think

 

Pakistan are at the top in T20 rankings and they lose to Sri Lanka at their home even though SL did not have all their best players

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On 2/13/2020 at 9:09 PM, NileshKumar said:

What da y'all think

 

Pakistan are at the top in T20 rankings and they lose to Sri Lanka at their home even though SL did not have all their best players

they've now lost their top spot to Australia. Australia for that matter have even dethroned India as the no 1 test side

 

I would have said Aus would be favourites for the t20 world cup,but the event looks very unlikely to even take place. sucks that we're mostly not getting a 20-20 world cup in 2020

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41 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

they've now lost their top spot to Australia. Australia for that matter have even dethroned India as the no 1 test side

 

I would have said Aus would be favourites for the t20 world cup,but the event looks very unlikely to even take place. sucks that we're mostly not getting a 20-20 world cup in 2020

Yeah the COVID-19 has stopped all matches and so you see the ongoing Ind vs SA series was cancelled which might have led to decline in India's ratings

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2 minutes ago, NileshKumar said:

Yeah the COVID-19 has stopped all matches and so you see the ongoing Ind vs SA series was cancelled which might have led to decline in India's ratings

It felt weird af to not have the IPL this summer. Been a staple for 12 years, missed it this year for sure. although as an RCB fan can't say I miss the inevitable last place finish lol

 

Waiting for the England West Indies test series to start, always love me some test cricket and I'm starving for some cricket in general. Which is your preferred format if you dont mind me asking? 

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58 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Which is your preferred format if you dont mind me asking? 

I watch all forms of the game preferably T20 becoz of duration and run rates

 

59 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

although as an RCB fan can't say I miss the inevitable last place finish lol

Finally another RCB Fan...

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1 minute ago, NileshKumar said:

Finally another RCB Fan... 

Been a fan since game 1 when McCullum wrecked our sh*t back in 2008. Took me like a year to get over the heartbreaking 2016 final loss( and by the time I got over that India lost the champions Trophy to Pakistan lol, another heartbreak) . But that only made my support for RCB even firmer, you know when the day comes that we finally win the trophy is gonna be sweet as hell

 

Even though we've never won we actually have a really good fanbase thanks to presence of guys like Kohli, AB and previously Gayle. Compare that to teams like Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab or even two time winners Hyderabad, I'm pretty sure our fanbase is way bigger. 

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31 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Been a fan since game 1 when McCullum wrecked our sh*t back in 2008. Took me like a year to get over the heartbreaking 2016 final loss( and by the time I got over that India lost the champions Trophy to Pakistan lol, another heartbreak) . But that only made my support for RCB even firmer, you know when the day comes that we finally win the trophy is gonna be sweet as hell

 

Even though we've never won we actually have a really good fanbase thanks to presence of guys like Kohli, AB and previously Gayle. Compare that to teams like Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab or even two time winners Hyderabad, I'm pretty sure our fanbase is way bigger. 

I literally cried on that 2016 night.

 

Yup RCB has a way better fanbase its probably 2nd/3rd (after MI and possibly CSK)

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RithRake24

My own brother is an RCB fan, while I support CSK.

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3 hours ago, RithRake24 said:

My own brother is an RCB fan, while I support CSK.

Last year's final must have been heartbreaking for you then :p. To lose by 1 run, that too to arch rivals MI. I have always admired how CSK don't seem like the strongest side on paper (at least in recent years) but always manage to make the playoffs. Their return in 2018 and going on to win the title that year was like the perfect comeback of you're a CSK fan. 

 

Tell your brother a fellow RCB fan says hi! 

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24 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

I have always admired how CSK don't seem like the strongest side on paper (at least in recent years) but always manage to make the playoffs. Their return in 2018 and going on to win the title that year was like the perfect comeback of you're a CSK fan. 

Haha, you're damn right! At the 2018 Auction I was really disappointed by some of the buys they made and was convinced that the side would fail to find balance and perform well. Moreover, they picked way too many spinners and because of the unforeseen Kauvery conflict they had to move to Pune, a green wicket more suited for swing bowlers than spinners, so I thought CSK's fate was sealed, especially since their first two wins were one-man shows from Bravo and Billings who saved a collapsing batting order. Thankfully, we saw the rise of Deepak Chahar and Rayudu, Watson and Dhoni returned to batting form just in time! As a Dhoni fan too, it was cool to see him finish matches again, and one of the most memorable moments was him sealing that RCB game with a six (much to my brother's chagrin haha). It seemed like a fantasy almost, and the entire season was a treasure to all CSK fans I'm sure.

 

24 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Last year's final must have been heartbreaking for you then :p. To lose by 1 run, that too to arch rivals MI.

Oh damn, yeah. Also when I watched India's loss in the WC semi-final, I couldn't help but draw parallels between how Dhoni got run out in the finishing stages of both the WC semi and the IPL final that year, by close margins (because he never dives, probably due to fear of injury, he's an old man hehe). Both situations were heartbreaking, I wanted to see India lift another world cup before Dhoni's exit too. Realistically we all know he is most likely not going to play anymore international matches and I think his exit was quite an anticlimactic end to the career of a great composed leader. I've always admired his personality and leadership more than his batting even.

 

24 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Tell your brother a fellow RCB fan says hi! 

I will! I also think RCB is a great side too, by the way. They've broken several batting records for highest scores (we'll ignore their record for lowest IPL score, 49 all out, though ;) ) and they're mesmerising to watch. Kohli's a treat, and man De Villiers is a treat to watch any day. And back when you had Gayle, he was the icing on top of the cake! I've seen RCB get unlucky way too many times and of course my brother's never happy in such situations. In my opinion though their major weakness is that they have a severely unbalanced side, packed in brilliant batsmen and average allrounders while not having decent enough bowlers or fielders (apart from their go-to trusted man, Chahal, who's a great street-smart bowler) to defend targets. Only with RCB have I seen a team lose so many matches after setting a 200+ score for the chasing team to chase. If their management a bit smarter next time hopefully they'll consider much stronger bowling options and they can lift the trophy soon.

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I think with RCB they've always been heavily dependent on their star players, once Kohli and AB get out you can feel the fight getting sucked out of the team. Compare that to more successful teams like CSK and MI, where you get the feeling that they function as a team where the whole is greater than the individual parts(especially admire how Dhoni manages to bring the best out of his aging players everytime). Also RCB tend to do a lot of chopping and changing with their side while CSK and MI have a solid core of players and generally seem to retain more faith in them. someone like Watson who's played for both RCB and CSK has expressed how the CSK locker room is more relaxed and enjoyable to play for iirc. (as an aside it was awesome to see Watto play so well for CSK in the last two finals, only why couldn't he have done the same for us in 2016 😭

 

Completely agree with your assessment on RCB being a batting heavy side @RithRake24 it's been that way for a while now but they don't seem to address that in the auctions at all. 

 

1 hour ago, RithRake24 said:

Oh damn, yeah. Also when I watched India's loss in the WC semi-final, I couldn't help but draw parallels between how Dhoni got run out in the finishing stages of both the WC semi and the IPL final that year, by close margins (because he never dives, probably due to fear of injury, he's an old man hehe). Both situations were heartbreaking, I wanted to see India lift another world cup before Dhoni's exit too. Realistically we all know he is most likely not going to play anymore international matches and I think his exit was quite an anticlimactic end to the career of a great composed leader. I've always admired his personality and leadership more than his batting even.

Ahh don't remind me of that run out lol, still hurts. Dhoni and Jadeja(particularly Jadeja) nearly pulled off something special after our top order expectedly sh*t the bed in a knockout game, but then that run out (in Ian Smith's voice-) by the barest of margins... 

 

 

Dhoni probably was the best captain India had had in my lifetime atleast. Though unlikely, he had an outside chance of getting to the WC squad(though he's really past it) but now the tournament seems unlikely to take place you'd think it's curtains for him. At least we'll see him for a few more years in the IPL

 

The T20 WC may not take place but one thing I'm eagerly awaiting for is the India-Australia test series. Ind-Aus series are always a cracker,  Aus will be hurting from their defeat to Ind that too on their shores the last time around, and with the return of Smith, Warner and the rise of Labuschagne they're definitely even stronger than they were previously, though speaking as an Indian fan that makes the possibility of beating them all the more exciting :D

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37 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Also RCB tend to do a lot of chopping and changing with their side while CSK and MI have a solid core of players and generally seem to retain more faith in them. someone like Watson who's played for both RCB and CSK has expressed how the CSK locker room is more relaxed and enjoyable to play for iirc. (as an aside it was awesome to see Watto play so well for CSK in the last two finals, only why couldn't he have done the same for us in 2016 😭)

Oh yep, I did forget to mention the chopping and changing. Something Kohli as a captain tends to do more often rather than Rohit or Dhoni. I'm not saying having faith in your players is ALWAYS good, as you and I have seen that sometimes Dhoni takes it too far by repeating giving some players way too many chances in the international field, however, it has worked out more in his favour than against him. About Watson, RCB used him as an allrounder and he had a lot of weight to carry at the time, while when he joined CSK it was the perfect environment for him. A whole squad of ageing players meant that his struggles were understood clearly by his squadmates, especially Dhoni, who gave him fielding positions which didn't involve much moving around, such as slips. Also Dhoni didn't expect him to bowl his quota (mainly due to Watson getting tired quickly from bowling) but in return showed faith in his batting and let him open, which Watto mentioned to be a great boost in confidence. Chemistry in a sports side is really important and does a great deal. Oh, and Mumbai has crazy talented side. Bumrah, the Pandyas, Rohit himself, even old Malinga who's deterioating but still lots of fun to watch due to his funny action, all of them fantastic players.

 

37 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

The T20 WC may not take place but one thing I'm eagerly awaiting for is the India-Australia test series. Ind-Aus series are always a cracker,  Aus will be hurting from their defeat to Ind that too on their shores the last time around, and with the return of Smith, Warner and the rise of Labuschagne they're definitely even stronger than they were previously, though speaking as an Indian fan that makes the possibility of beating them all the more exciting :D

Definitely! I'm looking forward to the series too. It's always great fun if the competition is tight. (Oh and for context, I'm an Indian living in Australia and I support the Indian team)

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xInfected_Virus

With all that talent I'm surprised RCB never won an IPL championship.

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6 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

With all that talent I'm surprised RCB never won an IPL championship.

Yeah it really sucks. They just don't gel well as a unit imo. We've had sone superstars over the years but the Indian core has mostly sucked apart from Kohli and Chahal (We did have a superstar in the making in KL Rahul but we didn't retain him and now he's gonna captain Punjab, good job RCB). And even so many overseas players come with big hype like De Grandhomme, Corey Anderson, ,Shimron Hetmyer, Quinton De Cock, Mccullum, Tymal Mills and even Shane Watson; but then they majorly flop for RCB despite having success elsewhere for sone inexplicable reason, it's like this team is jinxed lol. I guess it doesn't help when the team loses faith in you after a few flops, look at how CSK retained faith in Watto after a slump of form last year, and how he repayed them by nearly winning them the final (and he even won it for them the year previous), versus how RCB ditches guys like him, Hetmyer etc after a couple of failures.

 

Still, we have made it to 3 finals which is more than DC and KXIP can say lol. We came really close to winning in two of them too, 2016 really hurts considering that while chasing a target of 200 odd, we were 130-1 in 12 overs, our two best bats Kohli and AB in the crease and KL and Watto to come. 70 odd runs in 8 overs , more than gettable, we were really favorites at that stage. And we lost lol. Hurts but what can you do, you just keep supporting in the hopes that when you do win, it'll be all the more sweeter. 

 

Hope this doesn't sound like rambling lol, just that it's great to discuss stuff like this

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32 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Yeah it really sucks. They just don't gel well as a unit imo. We've had sone superstars over the years but the Indian core has mostly sucked apart from Kohli and Chahal (We did have a superstar in the making in KL Rahul but we didn't retain him and now he's gonna captain Punjab, good job RCB). And even so many overseas players come with big hype like De Grandhomme, Corey Anderson, ,Shimron Hetmyer, Quinton De Cock, Mccullum, Tymal Mills and even Shane Watson; but then they majorly flop for RCB despite having success elsewhere for sone inexplicable reason, it's like this team is jinxed lol. I guess it doesn't help when the team loses faith in you after a few flops, look at how CSK retained faith in Watto after a slump of form last year, and how he repayed them by nearly winning them the final (and he even won it for them the year previous), versus how RCB ditches guys like him, Hetmyer etc after a couple of failures.

 

Still, we have made it to 3 finals which is more than DC and KXIP can say lol. We came really close to winning in two of them too, 2016 really hurts considering that while chasing a target of 200 odd, we were 130-1 in 12 overs, our two best bats Kohli and AB in the crease and KL and Watto to come. 70 odd runs in 8 overs , more than gettable, we were really favorites at that stage. And we lost lol. Hurts but what can you do, you just keep supporting in the hopes that when you do win, it'll be all the more sweeter. 

 

Hope this doesn't sound like rambling lol, just that it's great to discuss stuff like this

They even had Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at the same time as well.

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1 hour ago, xInfected_Virus said:

They even had Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at the same time as well.

Yeah,its like having Messi, Ronaldo and Mbappe at the same team. While they are 3 of the best bats not just for RCB but in the game as a whole, I guess they peaked at different times. Gayle was a monster from 2011-2015ish iirc but at that time he was a one man show with Kohli and AB doing ok but not at their best yet. Then from 2016 onwards Kohli and AB hit their groove but Gayle declined, in fact in that 2016 season Gayle only performed in the final and a couple of other matches, and in the final AB didn't perform. So I think. they've never really clicked together as a whole

 

In fact apart from these 3 the majority of the remaining 8 players barely turned up. Cricket especially  t20s allows for one man shows more than other sports I guess, but there's only so much your best players can do when the rest of the team are almost like deadweights and the opposition works as a complete unit. As RithRake pointed out, RCB has historically been an unbalanced side with a couple of stellar batsmen, rest of the batsman being okayish, and mediocre bowlers and even fielders. And this has been our undoing. 

 

Still, when RCB hit their stride they are nigh unstoppable and there have been some great highs along with the lows. Despite finishing last in 2 of the last 3 seasons, I still have faith we can turn it around and make the 20s our decade :)

 

If you don't mind me asking, any team you support in the IPL? If not,then any team you support internationally? 

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1 hour ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Yeah,its like having Messi, Ronaldo and Mbappe at the same team. While they are 3 of the best bats not just for RCB but in the game as a whole, I guess they peaked at different times. Gayle was a monster from 2011-2015ish iirc but at that time he was a one man show with Kohli and AB doing ok but not at their best yet. Then from 2016 onwards Kohli and AB hit their groove but Gayle declined, in fact in that 2016 season Gayle only performed in the final and a couple of other matches, and in the final AB didn't perform. So I think. they've never really clicked together as a whole

 

In fact apart from these 3 the majority of the remaining 8 players barely turned up. Cricket especially  t20s allows for one man shows more than other sports I guess, but there's only so much your best players can do when the rest of the team are almost like deadweights and the opposition works as a complete unit. As RithRake pointed out, RCB has historically been an unbalanced side with a couple of stellar batsmen, rest of the batsman being okayish, and mediocre bowlers and even fielders. And this has been our undoing. 

 

Still, when RCB hit their stride they are nigh unstoppable and there have been some great highs along with the lows. Despite finishing last in 2 of the last 3 seasons, I still have faith we can turn it around and make the 20s our decade :)

 

If you don't mind me asking, any team you support in the IPL? If not,then any team you support internationally? 

Inconsistencies with players performing also hurts the team as well, you can't expect Kohli and AB to carry the team alone. Good bowlers are needed since not even Kohli and AB let alone the team can constantly chase 200 on a day in day night basis.

 

For me my IPL team is the Mumbai Indians, my favourite Big Bash team is the Perth Scorchers and my favourite international team is Australia but I also like India as well. 

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2 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

Inconsistencies with players performing also hurts the team as well, you can't expect Kohli and AB to carry the team alone. Good bowlers are needed since not even Kohli and AB let alone the team can constantly chase 200 on a day in day night basis.

Especially considering we play our home games in the postage sized Chinnaswamy stadium where even mish*ts go for six, even relatively lesser batsmen could match up to guys like Kohli and AB, whereas mediocre bowlers really get punished here, so yeah good bowlers are sorely needed for us. We have some decent options in Steyn and Morris this time but I guess only one of them will play, and Navdeep Saini was promising last year so remains to be seen how we go this time, of course if Covid has its way all this discussion is moot but hey it's still fun speculating right

 

9 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

For me my IPL team is the Mumbai Indians and my favourite international team is Australia but I also like India as well. 

Ah, the most successful IPL team and the most successful international team, you must be loving it then. Can't wait for the India-Australia series this year, should be a cracker of a contest,for the last few years our matches against each other have been exciting. As an Indian fan hopefully we beat you guys on your turf for the second time :p. Would be unreal. 

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20 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Especially considering we play our home games in the postage sized Chinnaswamy stadium where even mish*ts go for six, even relatively lesser batsmen could match up to guys like Kohli and AB, whereas mediocre bowlers really get punished here, so yeah good bowlers are sorely needed for us. We have some decent options in Steyn and Morris this time but I guess only one of them will play, and Navdeep Saini was promising last year so remains to be seen how we go this time, of course if Covid has its way all this discussion is moot but hey it's still fun speculating right

You had Stark last time but he's inconsistent with his line and length. He's the type of bowler who can be virtually unplayable for a spell but also get hammered in another spell. Yeah you do need a consistent type bowlers in your who are disciplined in line and length and are also good at the death, not sure which is that bowler. Also Chinnaswamy stadium's pitch is notoriously flat so it be a nightmare to bowl there.

 

20 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Ah, the most successful IPL team and the most successful international team, you must be loving it then. Can't wait for the India-Australia series this year, should be a cracker of a contest,for the last few years our matches against each other have been exciting. As an Indian fan hopefully we beat you guys on your turf for the second time :p. Would be unreal. 

We now have Labuschgne who's now becoming an elite batsmen and of course Smith and Warner who we didn't have last time and Labuschagne at the time didn't peak yet. But you have great bowlers especially Bumrah who's become my favourite bowler, an more consistant Ishant and either Shami or Bhuvi who are good swingers of the ball. I reckon Jaddu should play ahead of Ashwin since he's more consistent with his line and length and he's got a good record in Australia although it's a small sample size and we had no Smith who's one of the best players of spin. I think I'd have Shaw and Agarwal as the opening combination not Vijay and Dhawan who seem to be flat track bullies.

 

The way to beat us is to smash our bowling attack. You batted very well last time with Pujara being the difference.

 

This is what the teams could be.

 

Australia.

 

1. Burns (although it could be anyone)

2. Warner

3. Labuschgne

4. Smith

5. Head

6. Wade

7. Paine (C/WK)

8. Cummins

9. Stark

10. Lyon

11. Hazlewood

 

India

 

1. Shaw

2. Agarwal

3. Pujara

4. Kohli (C)

5. Rahane

6. Rohit

7. Pant (WK)

8. Jadeja

9. Shami/Bhuvi

10. Ishant

11. Bumrah

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2 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

You had Stark last time but he's inconsistent with his line and length. He's the type of bowler who can be virtually unplayable for a spell but also get hammered in another spell. Yeah you do need a consistent type bowlers in your who are disciplined in line and length and are also good at the death, not sure which is that bowler. Also Chinnaswamy stadium's pitch is notoriously flat so it be a nightmare to bowl there.

Starc was actually a gun bowler for us, not sure of his exact stats but Cricinfo made a case for him in RCBs all time XI and im inclined to agree. It's too bad he ended up getting injured, he's probably RCB's best overseas bowler ever. 

 

 

Regarding the team selections for the Ind Aus series I would have the same team as you for Australia, but this would be my Indian team

Rohit

Agarwal

Pujara

Kohli

Rahane

Vihari

Pant

Jadeja

Ishant

Shami

Bumrah

 

Hard on Shaw, but I don't see them picking Rohit in the middle order after his success opening against South Africa(though it was at home), judging by our recent tours I suspect Vihari is a near certainly to strengthen the batting and also provide an extra bowling option. So it's between Rohit and Shaw, and I guess Rohit is the incumbent only missing out to Shaw due to injury so when he's fit I expect him to slot back in. Also Shaw is noticeably awkward against the short ball while Rohit is one of the best pullers in the game which would help his case in Australian conditions. 

 

Agree with you that Jadeja should play, his batting is now far superior to Ashwins and left arm spin will be crucial against the likes of Smith and Labuschagne

 

It'll certainly be harder now that Smith, Warner and the brand new Marnus are here. Our bowlers didn't do that well against NZ either, and we have no tests between that tour and the tour to Australia. But we generally turn up against you guys so I'm cautiously optimistic. Yeah the way we tackle your bowlers is crucial, was really impressed with the likes of Agarwal, Pant, Jadeja and particularly Pujara facing the Aus pace trio,and the way Pujara played Lyon. Hopefully they continue from where they left off. Crucially though its been a while since Kohli turned up against the Aussies, youd think he's long overdue for a terrific series against y'all. Excited to see the next chapter of our rivalry and how it pans out. 

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2 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Starc was actually a gun bowler for us, not sure of his exact stats but Cricinfo made a case for him in RCBs all time XI and im inclined to agree. It's too bad he ended up getting injured, he's probably RCB's best overseas bowler ever. 

 

 

Regarding the team selections for the Ind Aus series I would have the same team as you for Australia, but this would be my Indian team

Rohit

Agarwal

Pujara

Kohli

Rahane

Vihari

Pant

Jadeja

Ishant

Shami

Bumrah

 

Hard on Shaw, but I don't see them picking Rohit in the middle order after his success opening against South Africa(though it was at home), judging by our recent tours I suspect Vihari is a near certainly to strengthen the batting and also provide an extra bowling option. So it's between Rohit and Shaw, and I guess Rohit is the incumbent only missing out to Shaw due to injury so when he's fit I expect him to slot back in. Also Shaw is noticeably awkward against the short ball while Rohit is one of the best pullers in the game which would help his case in Australian conditions. 

 

Agree with you that Jadeja should play, his batting is now far superior to Ashwins and left arm spin will be crucial against the likes of Smith and Labuschagne

 

It'll certainly be harder now that Smith, Warner and the brand new Marnus are here. Our bowlers didn't do that well against NZ either, and we have no tests between that tour and the tour to Australia. But we generally turn up against you guys so I'm cautiously optimistic. Yeah the way we tackle your bowlers is crucial, was really impressed with the likes of Agarwal, Pant, Jadeja and particularly Pujara facing the Aus pace trio,and the way Pujara played Lyon. Hopefully they continue from where they left off. Crucially though its been a while since Kohli turned up against the Aussies, youd think he's long overdue for a terrific series against y'all. Excited to see the next chapter of our rivalry and how it pans out. 

Stark's an gun bowler in the powerplay and at the death, imagine if he stayed fit.

 

Perth and the Gabba are more bouncy so Rohit is better suited playing there and I'd think he should open. If Rohit fails in Australia then he'll be labeled a flat track bully.

 

Adelaide and Sydney are slower and more favourable to spin bowling so I think Shaw can play there at the expense of Rohit where Vihari can bat at six for the whole series. Yeah I should've included Vihari in my Indian team. The MCG is more of a tennis bounce or it could be flat so anyone could be in the team. Lyon bowled very well in the first two tests against you but Pujara and India figured how to play him by using their feet more. Not only Jadeja's a superior batsmen but he's a better bowler in Australian conditions where his consistency is key. Ashwin keeps bowling sidespin as his stock delivery which is effective in the subcontinent but ineffective in Australia which is why other subcontinent spinners struggle there. Lyon bowls the overspin as his stock delivery which bounces more and troubles subcontinent batsmen since they're used to playing sharp turn instead of the extra bounce.

 

Bumrah was coming off injury and wasn't at 100% against New Zealand and the other bowlers didn't do well so I back the time off will help your bowlers recover. It's a battle of discipline, the most discipline team will win the series in my opinion. If the batting from both sides is excellent and the bowlers from both sides struggle then it'll be like 2014-15 series where it was a run fest like 550-8 dec, 510, 260-5 dec, 170-4 but if bowling is disciplined then we'll be seeing totals like 250, 240, 235, 220. I back Kohli and Pujara to hammer our bowlers and your bowlers to contain the big three of Warner, Marnus and Smith. If the team bowls well then run rate should be less than three an over.

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So I was browsing the cricket subreddit when I saw this image that I wanted to share here

 

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Kinda uncanny isn't it? Three legends of the game, and while I'm not suggesting Cook+Clarke =Tendulkar what really strikes out to me is Tendulkar's longevity, to have done consistently well for such an extended period of time is amazing. He did kinda overstay his career for a few years when he should have retired but even then his average is 53.8, just shows how good he's been throughout, iirc his average was about 56-57 ish before that late career slump. Ponting and Lara may have had greater peaks but Sachin's consistency was unreal. 

 

(Worth noting that Cook and Clarke went on to play more tests, Cook at one point was looking good to challenge Sachin's most runs record but then he retired relatively early, but then it's good that he knew when his time was up) 

 

To balance things somewhat, here's another stat involving Tendulkar that puts him on the other side this time

 

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South Africa really had a gem in Kallis. Sachin and Zaheer were our best batsman and pacer respectively at that point I think, to have one player have both our best batsman's average and our best pacer's wicket tally, no words lmao.(Again not suggesting Sachin + Zaheer = Kallis, just worth noting how good of an all rounder he was) 

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1 hour ago, Utopianthumbs said:

So I was browsing the cricket subreddit when I saw this image that I wanted to share here

 

opulsxzzva651.jpg?width=700&auto=webp&s=

 

Kinda uncanny isn't it? Three legends of the game, and while I'm not suggesting Cook+Clarke =Tendulkar what really strikes out to me is Tendulkar's longevity, to have done consistently well for such an extended period of time is amazing. He did kinda overstay his career for a few years when he should have retired but even then his average is 53.8, just shows how good he's been throughout, iirc his average was about 56-57 ish before that late career slump. Ponting and Lara may have had greater peaks but Sachin's consistency was unreal. 

 

(Worth noting that Cook and Clarke went on to play more tests, Cook at one point was looking good to challenge Sachin's most runs record but then he retired relatively early, but then it's good that he knew when his time was up) 

 

To balance things somewhat, here's another stat involving Tendulkar that puts him on the other side this time

 

 images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSfN8uEd-H_BUWh8BwFaLr

 

South Africa really had a gem in Kallis. Sachin and Zaheer were our best batsman and pacer respectively at that point I think, to have one player have both our best batsman's average and our best pacer's wicket tally, no words lmao.(Again not suggesting Sachin + Zaheer = Kallis, just worth noting how good of an all rounder he was) 

I backed Cook to overtake Tendulkar at the time but he's been inconsistent ever since Andrew Strauss retired. I think Cook's best position was non striker opener but had to be the opener who faces the first ball. If he remained consistent and kept on going, then I have no doubt he would've overtaken Tendulkar's record since England average more tests then other cricketing nations.

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Kallis definitely was a gem. It seems he doesn't get mentioned enough but he's undoubtedly one of the greatest test players to have played the game.

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9 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

I backed Cook to overtake Tendulkar at the time but he's been inconsistent ever since Andrew Strauss retired. I think Cook's best position was non striker opener but had to be the opener who faces the first ball. If he remained consistent and kept on going, then I have no doubt he would've overtaken Tendulkar's record since England average more tests then other cricketing nations.

I admire Cook for how successful a career he had considering opening in England is probably one of the harder jobs in world cricket. Can a case be made for him as the greatest test batsman for England, atleast in the modern era? Though I think Root will overtake Cook once his career is done. Even considering all players I think the best test cricketer for England in the modern era is between Cook and Jimmy Anderson(or maybe Botham?). Other candidates may be Pieterson ,he was special but his career ended abruptly. And Root may well be England's greatest when all is said and done, now if only he could convert a few more of those 50s into centuries! 

 

2 minutes ago, RithRake24 said:

Kallis definitely was a gem. It seems he doesn't get mentioned enough but he's undoubtedly one of the greatest test players to have played the game.

That South African side in general is underrated af, they didn't lose an overseas test series for about 9 years IIRC (before they encountered our dustbowls in 2015 lol). But yeah some real legends were there then - Smith, Kallis, AB, Amla, Steyn, Morkel and maybe some others I'm forgetting. An all time great team, and Kallis one of the all time great all rounders

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3 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Though I think Root will overtake Cook once his career is done.

Possible, but the ongoing joke is that he can't convert his fifties into hundreds lol. And in ODIs, he gets starts but doesn't convert to fifties sometimes too. He's also been slowing down in terms of run scoring in recent years.

 

3 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

maybe some others I'm forgetting.

Jonty Rhodes? Greatest fielder possibly of all time? There's more surely though

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