January 22nd, 2017

Sam Billings is hoping that he can go ahead to perform very well and impress crowds in the Sydney Sixers Big Bash League Season six campaign. This he hopes he can achieve before the Ashes tour starting next year.

A seasoned ODI and T20I England player, Billings has set his mind and heart on a call to the England’s Test Squad.

So far, the Kent right-hander had been in the works to make sure he gains all the necessary experience needed him to become a regular for the team in all formats.

Billings has had stints in the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League and was recently selected to participate in the upcoming limited overs tour holding in India.

Billings talked about how his participation in some of these tournaments has helped him develop himself and adapt well to all conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

BCCI Prefers Hiring Professional Coaches from Outside India

September 13th, 2016

It seems not a lot of coaching professionals outside of India are willing to be hired by the BCCI as the advertisement released by the Cricket board for the post of the head coach has not drawn much interest from overseas.

The India coaching job is one of the most lucrative jobs in world Cricket and thus, a number of top coaches from around the world were believed to put their names forward for that, but, so far, only a couple of applications have come from the foreigners.

The coaches are now increasingly getting hesitant in associating themselves with any of the international teams because of the devotion of time it requires.

They would rather take up the opportunities coming from the franchises of the twenty 20 leagues as that sort of job would keep them away from home only for a period of 6 to 8 weeks.

People like Tom Moody and Gary Kirsten who have had immense success coaching at the international level with Sri Lanka and India are now involved only in the leagues.

While, Kirsten was the head coach of the Delhi Daredevils in the 2014 and the 2015 Season, Moody has been in the same capacity at the Hyderabad franchise for the past three years.
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India registered second successive win in the ongoing Asia Cup

June 7th, 2016

India registered second successive win in the ongoing Asia Cup by beating Pakistan by 5 wickets.

It was a world class display of bowling and fielding by the Indian team as they got the Pakistanis dismissed for just 83 runs.

The Indians were red hot from the word go and they just didn’t give the opposition any sniff on the field. It was thoroughly professional from them.

Pakistanis, on the other hand, were pretty school-boyish in their approach. There were a couple of run outs for them and on both the occasions, the running was pretty senseless.

Especially, the second one which was of their skipper Shahid Afridi, it was a total error in judgement.

The back foot punch on the leg side by Afridi was going towards Ravindra Jadeja, the fastest fielder in the world at the moment.

Given Jadeja’s speed and his rocket arm, there was no question of a second there, but, Afridi, for some reason, had a brain fog and he took Jadeja on and that was his downfall right there. Read the rest of this entry »

Mohammad Shami gets fit and is available to be picked in the playing XI

March 3rd, 2016

If Mohammad Shami gets fit and is available to be picked in the playing XI, it would create a bit of a dilemma for the skipper MS Dhoni.

The current first choice fast bowlers i.e. Nehra and Bumrah, they are going superbly and are executing each and every plan of the team management.

They have done so at least in the two series that they have played together as a pair so far.

If they keep the same sort of form in the Asia Cup and then, Shami proves his fitness as well and is back in the mix, MS Dhoni would be scratching his head whom to leave out of the three when the World Twenty 20 Championship comes along.

As far as Shami is concerned, he is someone whom Dhoni has always put his faith in and to his credit, the West Bengal quick  has never really disappointed the captain especially in white ball Cricket.

In the One Day International World Cup, Shami was instrumental in helping India march to the semis.

So, in normal circumstances, one would believe that once he is available, he walks straight into the XI, but, at the moment, it would be very, very unfair to drop either of Nehra or Bumrah.

And, of course in the World Championship games, you can’t go with more than two fast bowlers as they would be played in Indian conditions.

It would probably depend on how much match practice Shami is able to have under his belt going into the World Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Mitchell Johnson would have realized on the first day of the ongoing Ashes series itself

December 2nd, 2015

Mitchell Johnson would have realized on the first day of the ongoing Ashes series itself that how far and long this England tour was going to be for him.

On a slower one in Cardiff, he kept trying all day long to bring that intimidating factor back into play, but, he completely failed in sending any shivers down the spine of the English.

He actually proved to be the weak link in Australia’s bowling.

His short pitched deliveries presented boundary scoring opportunities which the batsmen latched on.

There was just no pace on the pitch and there is very possibility that in the coming test matches too, England would be producing same kind of surfaces to nullify Johnson.

As early as Johnson understands that he needs to focus more on pitching the ball full and shaping it away from the left handers, it’s better for him.

Going around the wicket and banging the ball half way down is not going to do the job in English conditions.

Johnson can actually take a leaf out of the book of his team mate Mitchell Starc.

He is of the same pace as Johnson, but, he understands the value of swinging the ball when playing in UK.

And, he got three wickets yesterday; all with the balls which were pitched in batsmen’s half, not banged short.

However, one might say Johnson and Starc are two totally different sorts of bowlers. Read the rest of this entry »

Amit Mishra has been called back in the Indian test team

October 5th, 2015

The leg spinner Amit Mishra has been called back in the Indian test team for the 3-match test series against Sri Lanka that is starting next month.

The success of the leggies on the Sri Lankan soil of late probably contributed to Mishra’s selection.

The recall of a veteran like Mishra has however proved that there is not that much in the spin bowling stocks of India at present.

Harbhajan Singh, another veteran, who had made his comeback in the one off test match against Bangladesh, retained his spot in the squad.

There would be competition between Mishra and Harbhajan for the spot of the second spinner in the playing XI.

Ravichandran Ashwin is by far India’s first choice spinner at the moment. So, his spot is more or less guaranteed.

There might be a situation where all these three spinners can play together if Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, decides to play with a 5, 1, 5 combination with Wriddhiman Saha occupying the no. 6 slot in the batting order as the wicketkeeper batsman and then, Ashwin coming at 7 to be followed by the tail-enders.

Kohli has actually said in the past that he is someone who always prefers to go with 5 specialist bowlers as he believes they are the ones who win the test matches. Read the rest of this entry »