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Sachin-Kohli: Brothers In Class Act

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Sachin – Kohli comparison is obvious. Both are united by their quest for records that make their bios look outstanding. Study of their respective statistics shows how lucky India is to have yet another batting genius on its rolls. Sachin grew on us all like a phenomenon and endured the class almost until the end. Kohli’s innings has been no less than a  blockbuster. His rise has been unprecedented. Captaining India in the five day format for about a year or more now, ICC decision to anoint him as World T20 XI leader has demonstrated his all round capability in the highly competitive world of cricket. Now Kohli is set to overtake his idol off field as well. With 10.2m Twitter followers today, he follows Tendular closely at 10.3m. ‘God of cricket’ would only be happy so long as Kohli performs.

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#’Captain’Cool

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Did you miss Captain Cool at 2016 India T20 World Cup campaign launch attended by top global cricket administrators? Well he might have been busy chiselling his football skills somewhere else. But if you look at M S Dhoni’s latest Twitter bio there is a story waiting to unfold. The verified account bio says “Member Team India…” Is it an innocent typo or is he simply telling us something that we do not yet know officially? The T20 Campaign launch though did have its fair bit of Dhoni. India XI Test Captain Virat Kohli used the opportunity to heap praise on his predecessor. He proclaimed that Dhoni had nothing left to achieve in the career. To complete the Dhoni worship, Ajinyake Rahane described him as his most favourite batsman in short format.  Mind you all the laudatory references were in the past tense!

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#TestCricketVerdictAwaited

IndiaÕs captain Kohli celebrates after their win over South Africa on the third day of their third test cricket match in Nagpur
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Test cricket has been under pressure for a variety of reasons, primarily its inability to keep pace with its younger siblings that underwrite excitement and entertainment. 2015 has been somewhat of a turnaround year for Test Cricket with more wins than draws. That should silence critics who find a draw an unexciting proposition. But a verdict does not always guarantee top fare leave alone excitement for milling fans. Many Test match victories this year have been one-sided taking the sting out of competitive cricket. Home advantage has helped yield results but not without earning wide spread criticism over pitch standards. India has already clinched the ongoing series S.Africa. Captain Virat Kohli must remember India’s draw against host Sri Lanka in August would rank better than the latest home stretch triumph. A three day outcome is definite bad news for Test cricket.

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Suspend Cuttack

Cuttack has shamed India forever. It has shown not only are we bad losers but we have little respect for the game itself. The irony is that we loudly proclaim that cricket is like religion in India. No religion teaches you to use violence as a force to demonstrate your love. It is not the first time that spectators have brought India a bad name. Remember the infamous Eden Gardens World Cup India Sri Lanka final tie where we showed our ugly side to the world at large. We haven’t learnt our lessons. Captain Cool’s move to water down Cuttack shame is unwelcome. We must now call a spade a spade and immediately suspend Cuttack as an international cricket match venue. One city cannot be allowed give a bad name to the whole country. Remember the shame goes well beyond cricket.

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Pic Courtesy: cricketcountry.com

Cricketer Boss @ BCCI

The man who almost singularly internationalized Indian cricket is no more. Political jockeying has  already begun to fill in the void. BCCI is among the most influential and rich sporting body in the world. The body deserves a leadership that is befitting of its size and stature. Politicians have monopolized sporting associations across India but not always to positive results. BCCI now deserves a leader who blends the experience of being a well known cricketer with a proven administrative capability. India boasts of a bevy of world class cricketers who command all round respect and it is time the cricketing body takes a generational leap. It is not about age but about the mind set. To sustain its global leadership status, the cricket board has to embrace a top cricketing mind who is wedded to achieving an enduring No 1 tag for India XI.

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Pic Courtesy: www.bcci.tv
Pic Courtesy: http://www.bcci.tv

Men In White!

They wrote its obituary long ago! But the ongoing Ashes series has shown the test match game cannot be over until the last ball is bowled. This series has shown test cricket is as competitive as ever. The humbling of mighty Australians for a paltry 60 shows there are no holy cows in test cricket. The only thing certain about this glorious game of uncertainties is performance. 2015 has marked a remarkable journey for test cricket. Some recent outstanding performances have made test cricket eminently watchable. The emergence of Bangladesh as the giant killer has reinforced faith in test cricket. But to keep the white men in business, a multi-pronged approach is required: a) making it mandatory for emerging talent to pass test cricket test, b) preparation of secular pitches, c) boards bringing in attractive schemes for footfalls and d) sponsors betting fundamentally on the gentleman’s game.

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Pic Courtesy: crickbuzz.com

 

‘Resting’ The Controversy!!

Keen to douse the raging dressing room fire, Indian selectors have sent out strong message to both M S Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Both have been rested inducting a new look team led by Ajinkya Rahane. Officially, the omission is to give rest to senior players. The ‘rest’ decision is potent with meaning. Rahane, who failed to find Dhoni’s full attention in Bangladesh ODI series, has pleasantly got the top slot. Harbhajan Singh, who played his last ODI in 2011, makes an unexpected come back, signalling ever receding fortunes of Dhoni. Return of Robin Uttahappa as wicket keeper batsman shows fresh options are being exercised. Kohli’s absence has to be read in the context of his urge to be the natural leader choice for all formats of the game. All in all the selection deserves credit for being bold and innovative.

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Good Bye, Mahi!

He is the man the world has adored as captain cool. He brought home two World Cup trophies. He got India the number one status earning the well deserved and coveted most successful captain title. But a bad day at work can spoil a well endured reputation. The highly avoidable run in at Mirpur involving Mahi and a young Bangladeshi player has done the damage. M S Dhoni has played competitive cricket with acclaim and flourish but now finds himself at a disadvantageous situation. There is a new man in charge of the Test Cricket. The story about dissenting camps in the dressing room is getting louder. Time to say good bye for now! Let people ask why now rather than why not now? A tailor made role of a coach cum mentor awaits you post the cooling off period.

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Pic Courtesy: Star Sports

Mahi O Mahi!

With a captain each for test and ODI teams, Indian cricket is witnessing a paradigm shift. M S Dhoni has been a phenomenal success who has groomed a whole generation of GenX cricketers including the man who he finally passed on the mantle in Test Cricket. Dhoni is Indian cricket’s illustrious past and Virat Kohli the bright future. The transition has to be seamless. Coming from small town Ranchi, Dhoni is feted today as a true global champion. Not only did Mahi bring Indian cricket global glory on the field but he also ignited a billion dreams on how to win. But all good things must come to an end before they turn ugly. The finisher in Dhoni must exit gracefully. He began his ODI journey in Bangladesh and must sign off from there. The sky awaits his trademark helicopter shot!

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Musical Chairs!

The wise say cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties. This adage comes true time and again. This time it is not about the score card but men behind the scorecard. Someone who had been edged out due to poor performance has managed a comeback. Ironically, his comeback to international test cricket has come about courtesy his IPL performance. Test cricket and T-20 are like chalk and cheese! Nothing wrong with staging comebacks so long as they are performance driven. Call it a sheer coincidence or glorious uncertainty of the game that with a new captain at the helm an old player seen friendly with the old boss goes out. Most importantly outgoes a captain and incomes an old player who has been out of touch. Individuals do matter but institution is above all. Who is playing ‘God’ with cricket?

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