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General Cricket Thread


Girish

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The West Indies were a good side man.. But I always thought that Sri Lanka will win the final and win a world trophy after 16 years....

 

Looks like we will be runners-up forever... confused.gif

Don't sweat it....................SL are a great team.

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The Sydney Sixers made the Final of the Champions League final against South Africa's Highveld Lions. I hope the Sixer's win although, I'm from South Australia one should still support their fellow country men/women.

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Speaking of maestros retiring, Ricky Ponting has said the Perth Test against South Africa beginning tomorrow will be his last. He is Australia's highest Test run scorer, and with his cap tomorrow will tie with Steve Waugh for the most Tests for Australia.

 

He basically said that he doesn't feel he can contribute at a level that will be competitive in international cricket and judging by how he has batted so far this series he's right. He's looked simply pedestrian. This is one of the balls he was dismissed with in the last test at Adelaide, great delivery but it shows just how poorly he is seeing it at the moment.

 

 

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Good article from cricinfo:

 

"We have seen in the last three Tests matches and even in England, there was a lot of grass and that helped their seamers. Once these people come to India we should not be hesitant in making turners, and that's where we would get to know whether they are mentally strong, and [what happens to] the kind of chit chat do they do when we go overseas and they talk about our techniques."

- Gautam Gambhir, January 22, 2012, Perth

 

Two days after India had lost by an innings inside three days at the WACA ground.

 

"We also won 2-0 in India."

- Virender Sehwag, January 28, 2012, Adelaide

 

Third day of the Adelaide Test, when a second whitewash in two away series was imminent.

 

"Why not [turning pitches]? We were given flattest of tracks during practice matches in England and Australia, and then suddenly presented with a green-top during the Tests. During practice matches, we would face those 120kmph bowlers …If they wanted to be fair to us, they could have provided us with same kind of tracks for practice matches, like what were used in Tests. Especially, when they knew that visiting teams get very less time to practice. Now they would be playing on turning tracks and definitely would know where they stand."

- Virat Kohli, October 27, 2012

 

Justifying the tactic of not letting England face any spin in the tour games before the start of the Test series, in the process imagining "green tops" in Australia and England

 

"We also need to consider that immediately after that series when England came to India, we beat them 5-0, which cannot be forgotten."

- Sachin Tendulkar, November 8, 2012

 

Before the start of this Test series, drawing comfort from an ODI series win last year

 

"One has to recognise the advantage of home conditions, and this applies across the board. So I don't think we should run down our players by saying we did not do well abroad. Other teams don't do well when they come to India. In England, except Rahul, the batting did not click. But in both England and Australia, we had super-fast pitches."

- N Srinivasan, December 4, 2012

 

Asking people to not say "we did not do well abroad"

 

"So what if we have lost a home Test? Not as if we have never won at home… It's not that we have lost the series."

- Gautam Gambhir, November 29, 2012

 

After the defeat in Mumbai when everything - pitch, toss, first-innings runs - was in their favour

 

"If you look at the records at this ground, India have played really well. The way the wicket is playing, I am confident our guys will do really well."

- Pragyan Ojha, today, Eden Gardens

 

After India have conceded a 193-run lead by end of day three with four wickets still in England's hand

 

Also today, Joe Dawes, India's bowling coach, told - well, who else - the BCCI in an interview that Zaheer Khan is one of the best six bowlers in the world, that Indian bowling is headed in the right direction, that he has begun the process of achieving the aim of developing a group of seven to eight fast bowlers who can be called upon any time. You can accuse the BCCI of many things, but it doesn't lack humour, as is evident through the timing of this piece.

 

One of these days, India will admit they have become an ordinary side. That currently they are arguably the worst bowling unit in the world, bar Bangladesh. That they are the worst fielding side in the world without any argument, which they kept on proving on the third day as Ishant Sharma dropped his third simple return catch in the fourth match he is playing this year. That the whitewashes in England and Australia didn't happen on doctored green tops. That a proud home record alone doesn't ensure future Test wins. That the ideal response to overseas batting failures is to work on techniques, and not to seek comfort in statistics at home. That no side won an away series with that kind of attitude.

 

When India admit that, they will start improving as a Test side. Until then, they can hope for a miracle to the tune of Kolkata 2000-01.

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India mauled by England IN India.

 

As much as I like Sachin, it is time for the maestro to retire. Sad but true.

True story. He is he God of Cricket or whatever you might say. But when you gotta go you gotta go. lol.gif

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I just wanted to mock some Australian player, that's all. tounge.gif

 

Sehwag is more consistent than Gayle though. But yeah, both are risky players. And I really don't know which genuine legend you're referring to in your last statement.

Would you care to rephrase that statement now that we've seen Gayle's true form? tounge.gif

 

Edit: I know it's been long but I asked just for the heck of it.

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Cirrentky watching Aus VS SL. We're looking in pretty good form ATM. Declared on 5/450.

 

Things aren't looking so good for Sri Lanka on 2/43 devil.gifdevil.gif

Yeah, it's a good match.

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About f*cking time. I was getting sick of reading all the whining about how he wasn't performing. He should have retired immediately after the WC and he would have gone out on a high.

My thoughts, exactly. I was actually surprised back then, that he didn't retire from ODI's immediately after winning the cup. It would have been quite poetic.

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It was definitely time he retired, but nevertheless, I still enjoyed watching him to the end. After all, he was the king. It didn't matter to me how many runs he made or how many boundaries he hit, it was just great to watch him where he belongs, on a cricket pitch.
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It was definitely time he retired, but nevertheless, I still enjoyed watching him to the end. After all, he was the king. It didn't matter to me how many runs he made or how many boundaries he hit, it was just great to watch him where he belongs, on a cricket pitch.

Even though it was time, it's pretty depressing for an indian fan who has been watching Sachin donning the blue since the time he (the fan) was a kid. I am one of those fans.

 

I don't know what to say, honestly.

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Things aren't lookin' good for you Sri Lankans are they? Unless there was some sort big time score f*ck up for the whole match which is literally impossible at this point in time. Ah well, keep your heads high on the way to Sydney. You're gonna be in for it! devil.gif
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And Pakistan wins the series, by beating India in India, haha!

 

Junaid Khan, looks to be a promising player, Dhoni was so not in the mood to leave the pitch tounge.gif

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Well, prior to this test series I had expected India to win but after watching them play we can see how desperately they are in need of new pace bowlers. Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda are not good enough in my opinion. Pakistan on the other hand have one of the best bowling attacks in the world, this was the deciding factor in the series. The batting really wasn't really because Pakistan have a fairly strong lineup in this particular field. Even though India's batting lineup is stronger than Pakistans, it's not enough to even out with the bowling attack of the Pakistan National team.

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Well, prior to this test series I had expected India to win but after watching them play we can see how desperately they are in need of new pace bowlers. Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda are not good enough in my opinion. Pakistan on the other hand have one of the best bowling attacks in the world, this was the deciding factor in the series. The batting really wasn't really because Pakistan have a fairly strong lineup in this particular field. Even though India's batting lineup is stronger than Pakistans, it's not enough to even out with the bowling attack of the Pakistan National team.

Ishanth was actually bowling well in the Pak series. But Dinda..suicidal.gif

 

I feel that the coach has been a negative influence, for sure. Ateam just can't fall to such depths suddenly. It surely justcan't be a coincidence.

 

Ps. If you don't mind, can you guys send in Mashrafe and Shakib over to India? tounge.gif

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That was a f*cking disgrace by Australia tonight. All out for 74. Our third lowest score in Test history. Currently am feeling very ashamed to be an Australian cricket fan right now.

 

Nevertheless, congratulations to Sri Lanka in their bowling and fielding. They were getting wickets left, right and centre and were keeping the run rate to an absolute minimum. Some of the best cricket I've seen...

 

...and some of the worst I've seen by us.

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Wow. Clarke and teammates practicing even after losing the test match to check out how the Indian pitches behave on Day 5?? They surely have got the mind to learn from their mistakes. +Respect. Some senior Indian players must get some advice from Aussies.

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