Showing posts with label ICC Cricket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ICC Cricket. Show all posts

Thursday, January 28, 2016

If India could repeat the performance at Adelaide, then no doubt it can surely win the series.

If India could repeat the performance at Adelaide, then no doubt it can surely win.

The factors that led to the Indian win were good solid knocks from top order Indian batsmen, particularly Virat Kohli, and good bowling by the team.

Though it will be too tough to say that India performed exceptionally well, there were many new faces in the Australia line up like Richardson, Boyce, Lynn and Head. India too tried new  players like Bumrah and Hardik.

So it was like a league game so to speak both the teams trying to unravel the new talent for T20 World Cup in March.

So will there be further new changes in the team line up for the next two T20? 

It depends on the overall team strategy of the respective teams. Most probably I think the team managements would go with giving more exposure to young talent.

Friday, January 22, 2016

India wins the final ODI at SCG, Manish Pandey leads the team for the first victory.

Another huge total looks a big possibility the way Australia is batting presently on the back of Dave Warner's 5th ODI century at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

India won the toss and chose to field, Ajinkya Rahane was replaced by Manish Pandey, Jasprit Bumrah makes his debut for India. 

Australia lost some quick wickets early in the innings but Warner's contribution kept the run rate ticking for Australia. Australia are 225/4 after 37 Overs Mitchell Marsh is not out on 50.

Dave Warner is out for 122 Australia 235/5.

Debutant Jaspreet Bumrah has so far bowled a tight spell, giving away only 28 runs in 8 Overs so far.

Mathew Wade is the new man in for Australia. James Faulkner follows after.

Runs continue for Australia 302/5 Mitchel Marsh continues with free scoring with the bat. He is 88 of 70.

Australia set India 331 to chase in the final ODI of the VB series on the back of Warner and M Marsh centuries.

India finally won the match after some solid overall performance from the India batsmen. After Rohit Sharma's 99, it was left for the lower middle order to perform.

There was this opportunity for Manish Pandey and he grabbed with both the hands, scoring at a brisk pace, notching a ton, and giving India a much needed victory on the tough tour.

India reached the target in 49.4 Overs with Manish Pandey scoring 104 of just 81 balls that included 8 fours and a six.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

IndvsAus2016: India did better, but Australia played exceptionally well to win the VB series 2016.

India has lost the series to an in form Australian side despite good showing with the bat. 

As always Indian bowling remains a concern on every Australian tour. But this time around the team should have prepared itself for any eventuality like the injury to paceman Shami.

But I don't think any drastic changes are required for the team.

Also Australia's bowling is also good I should say, keeping in check any letting off of Indian batsmen to score freely.

 In a way the inexperienced Aussie attack of Hastings, Paris, Richardson, Boland, Hazlewood and Faulkner managed to restrict Indian scores at around 300 run mark, thus making it easier for Australia batsmen to chase down the total with comfort.

Had India added those crucial 20-25 odd runs more, then surely Australia batsmen would have come under serious pressure.

Overall I think India played well, and lost out only in some quarters, like Skipper Dhoni lost out on one or two occasions to capitalise the solid platform India top order provided. 

I think India should continue to play as it was, but I think it will be interesting to see the motivation of the players after losing the series after putting up such good huge totals on the board for the team.

Rohit Sharma did exceptionally well, scoring back to back centuries. Virat Kohli played gem of a knock when India needed it the most at MCG. Rahane was always there with the bat keeping the rate up for the team.

It is only on a day all the bowling, batting and fielding clicks for India, that India could win against a thoroughly professional side like Australia.

Talent wise India I think India is far superior than Australia, but to win the game you should need to perform as a team.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

India bats again at Melbourne in a crucial match in the series against Australia

India batting first after Australia elected to field after winning the Toss. Rohit Sharma was out early for 6.

Thereafter Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli built the innings together with a 119 run partnership for the second wicket, and then Shikhar Dhawan was out for a patient knock of 68.

As the last reports came in Kohli 71 Rahane 19 India 170/2 was the scoreline.

It is bowling which is of a concern for the team as was seen on two batsman friendly wickets at Perth and Gabba.

Melbourne is altogether a different wicket, you need to toil hard to get runs it is not that easy for the visitors.

But when the hosts will come out to bat it will be an altogether different story. They will surely come bang bang as they have nothing to loose and they are already two nil up in the series. Home conditions is an added advantage.

Rishi Dhawan has been included in the place of R Ashwin in the playing eleven.

320 should be scored for defending against a strong inform batting lineup. I would be happy if the team wins with even a 280 too, but that isn't the case as has been observed in the earlier two matches. Australia easily managed to chased down two 300 plus totals.

Rishi Dhawan is too a late a change, he should have been in the team from the first match, but one or two players inclusion or exclusion doesn't matter, it is a team game. The team should collectively have to perform out of the ordinary to win. And Australia looks in ominous form as usual at home.


Friday, January 15, 2016

Australia batting strongly in the second ODI at Brisbane against India

India second time in the series has posted another big total 0f 308/8 for Australia to chase in the second ODI at Brisbane.

Rohit Sharma continues his form with another stroke filled century in the second ODI after the huge Perth knock.

But Australia in reply is going strong at the moment at 143/0 24.3 Overs.

 Finch and Marsh are presently batting at 69 and 61 respectively. 

India bowling has again failed to put any pressure on Australia batsman. Looks like Australia is on it's way to win the second ODI also in a more convincing fashion.


148/1 Finch is bowled out by Jadeja for 71. Skipper Steve Smith is the new batsman for Australia.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ravindra Jadeja could be send up the order to do the Pinch hitting

Spinners can't do much on surfaces like Perth, which are very flat and the ball doesn't grip on the surface of the pitch.

Bowlers from all the teams have gone for runs in the recent past at Perth.

In such circumstances one is forced to think, was India short of another 50 runs. 

Indian batters did well but more could have been scored from the pitch if someone do the pinch hitting up the order to boost the Overall team total.

Brisbane is too similar where bowlers if hit the deck hard can take wickets.  Though it may not be such a huge scoring game as Perth.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Smith and Bailey partnership wins the game for Australia against India at Perth.

On the back of 207 run partnership for the 2nd wicket between Rohit Sharma 171 and Virat Kohli 91 India scored a 300 plus total against Australia at Perth in the first ODI.

Rohit Sharma  was at his best and played strokes all around the ground and that gave India a good total of 309 to defend.

Australia in reply lost it's both the openers quickly to Barinder Sran in his debut match. After that Skipper Steve Smith and George Bailey built the Aussie innings with nice batting display.

Thus taking away the match from India. 242 run partnership was broken when Bailey got out at 112. Australia team total was 263.

Skipper Smith was in tremendous touch once again as he notched one more hundred against India. Maxwell followed Bailey but was out for only 6 runs.

 B Kumar was economical giving away 42 runs in 9 Overs. Sran 3 and Ashwin took 2 wickets each.

Perth has seen some big centuries too in the recent Test match played between Australia and NewZealand. So it was expected that this could be high scoring game.

How many runs were India short that is for team management to look into the matter. Altogether it was a good match for India, as it is a tour opener and India playing a new player in the team after Md Shami's withdrawal from the tour due to injury.

Though spinners went for runs, but pitch may have played for the turners.

Australia wins easily 310/5 in 50th Over. Skipper Smith 149 made a crucial contribution in the win.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Perth game should include new talent regardless of the warm up results

India team has elected to bat first at the first tour game against Western Australia at Perth.

Looking at the team composition the new selections Barinder Sran, Manish Pandey, Rishi Dhawan and Gurkeerat Mann all are in the playing eleven. That is the right kind of exposure the new talent needs. 

Though the first ODI is four days away I would still like to declare my selection for the first ODI.

I would definitely like to see all the new selections in the first match at Perth,  so that there is no pressure on them to play to their natural abilities. 

Though some of them have good experience with the IPL like Manish Pandey and Rishi Dhawan. Playing away from home and in Australian conditions like WACA is going to be a test.

I would like to see them play early games and hope for the best.

Rishi Dhawan in place of Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey in place of Rohit Sharma, Gurkeerat Singh in place of Ajinkya Rahane and Barinder Sran should be there in the first match itself I think.

Murali Vijay had a good stint Down Under last summer, would've liked to see him in the ODI format too.

One or two or all is my selection for first game at Perth. My opinion is for new players in the starting games.

Team management is perfectly placed to make the final call. Final call is theirs. All the best team India.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

It is totally a different ball game Down Under

 India need to play to it's strength in the upcoming series against Australia in January 2016 where it is scheduled to play three T20's and Five ODI series before the WorldT20 Finals in India in March.

The last match it played down under was the semi-final of the World Cup 2016, which India lost to Australia by a huge margin. 

233 was India's reply to Australia's 328/7.  Though India managed to pick early wickets in that match but could not stop Steve Smith from scoring a hundred that helped Australia score a huge total.

If we take a look at Australia's batsmen playing in Australia's grounds you can observe their fluency of strokes.

It comes from sheer reading of the pitch conditions in Australia, which are quite similar in places like Hobart and Melbourne. If you hit the deck hard at these grounds you are in position of extracting that little element of surprise which can get you a wicket.

Bowling in Indian conditions and on Indian wickets is a different proposition, here our conditions early in the morning are different than in the afternoon and also the pitch plays differently during the day. Spin friendly tracks don't offer much bargain.

But in Australia the bowlers can extract something out of the placid tracks if you hit the deck hard and maintain line and length.Melbourne is such an example, the ball after hitting the deck plays differently than in the subcontinental conditions. 

Indian batsmen expect the ball come to them fast but the bounce is different to that of the Indian pitches, that offsets the technique of many an Indian batsmen except a few like Kohli and Vijay who adjusted well against the likes of Mitchell Johnson.

Many Indian batsmen performed very well in Australian conditions worth mentioning Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. 

Laxman had that ability to play it on the rise, negate the bounce of the ball with wristy strokes, that very few can play. When wrists come into play it becomes a headache for the bowler to set the field for the batsmen.

Indian batting and bowling should be according to the conditions in Australia when playing in Australia. 

India need the bowlers who can hit the deck hard while maintaining the line and length. Ashok Dinda comes to my mind, his bowling actions is quiet distinct and he could derive bargain out of  pacy wickets like the ones in Australian conditions, I think.  

Umesh Yadav and Aaron they both are qutie similar, bowling fast, they are not going to bother the Australian batsmen much who would like the ball to come on to the bat. Especiall with players like Smith who would want to smack the ball out of the ground, the bowlers could do little to stop the stroke play from such batsmen.

Instead the team needs bowlers who can bend the back hit the deck hard like James Pattinson is doing in against the West Indies. Mitchell Johnson was clever enough to use the conditions to his liking, he even used to hit the deck hard, even though he bowled to a sling shot action.

In Australia if the bowlers are just going to run in and bowl fast, it is probably the batters gonna hit each delivery as powerfully as possible for maximum runs.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

West Indies bowling strategy similar to that of Hobart Test.

Australia dominates the Boxing Day Test and  at stumps - Day 1: Australia were 345/3 (90.0 ov, Usman Khawaja 144, Joe Burns 128, Jerome Taylor 2/83) .

It was good attendance at the MCG on the boxing day with 53 thousand people watching the match.

Earlier West Indies having won the Toss elected to field first sending in inform Australia to bat. The batsmen made most out of a placid track after David Warner was out early for 23

At the close of play captain Steve Smith* 32(49) and Adam Voges 10(24) were at the crease.

Jason Holder gave only 33 runs from 17 overs with economy of just under 2 runs per over.  Jerome Taylor two wickets for West Indies.

It was hard toil for West Indies pace bowlers, after having won the Toss elected to field first.

Many people criticized  that decision, but I think West Indies didn't wanted to expose it's inexperienced batting line up to a new ball on the first day.

 If there was a batting collapse then it would be difficult for West Indies to come back in the match and could demoralize the team batting prospects.

It happened at Hobart with only exception of Darren Bravo who made a hundred in that Test to bring some confidence back in to the team.

Australia is set for a big total at the MCG, what West Indies could do is to use as many spinners to halt the Australian scoring rate.

The team need to take a fresh look at it's bowling strategy, Hobart and MCG look very similar, where the West Indies team bowlers in particular couldn't extract much bargain. 


Sunday, December 6, 2015

India still a formidable opponent at home.

South Africa won the T20 and One day International Series and India are about to clinch the Test series. It has been a mixed bag of luck for both the teams.

When everyone thought that India would put up a strong performance against the South Africans in the shorter formats of the game, the opposite happened, the talent of some of the big hitters of the South Africa team, took the games away from the hosts. 

And when everyone expected a humdinger of a Test series, the visitors were found lacking and went down for some record low scores like 79 all out on typical sub-continental pitches.

I recollect Shaun Pollock mentioning during the course of the match in the ongoing series that South Africans need to play out of their skins now, but the visitors just ran out of strategy.

Through out the series Indian spinners in Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra have probed the South African batsmen to the hilt and it proved that home team exploited the conditions very well. Imran Tahir did had good stints too.

Ajinkya Rahane was the standout batsmen in the final Test of the match, at a position when India were 200 plus runs for 7 wickets he kept the wicket at the other end and built good partnerships to steer the hosts out of trouble in the first innings that gave Team India a huge leverage against the visitors.

Though this South Africa line up looks bleak without the likes of Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis both retiring from the game and Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander out due to injury, the new comers have plenty to take home from the Sub Continental tour. Rabada, Harmer, Pleidt have good memories of the series for sure.

On the final day of this memorable tour the visitors would be looking to draw, but it will be a very difficult proposition considering the final day Kotla pitch to achieve that target.

No matter what the result is, India showed that it still remains the formidable opponent at home and Skipper Virat Kohli has one more feather in his cap with this series win.

It will be a series worth remembering for the captains of both the teams who have something to take home for the new year.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Are the batsmen to blame in the IndvsSA Test series? Too much T20 cricket?

India faces regular seaming and bouncing tracks away from home and infact India did a splendid job in away conditions off late.

But is it the same case with the visitors Who always play with the strength of their pace bowlers ? Is it not the case that Imran Tahir did perform well in the series and the fact that South Africa batsmen were found wanting with the bat?  Indian batsmen faltered too, that indicates the mindset. And moreover Indian batsmen were found wanting and look to be more comfortable with T20 type wickets.

South Africa will have to cope up with the spin playing tracks in the sub-continent. How far India can stretch the home advantage is the question? Did India went far and presented pitches as being reported or did the batsmen of both the teams did not perform?

Narendra Hirwani in 1988 once bamboozled West Indies team and set a record on Test debut by taking 16 visitor's wickets, even so Anil Kumble took 10 wickets against Pakistan. 

Hindustan Times reports that the pitch has been referred to the committee by ICC. 

ICC says pitch for the Third Test in Nagpur was poor, Report under review - Hindustan Times

ICC should take a holistic view and strike a balance with the fact that Sub Continental teams teams too face fast and pacy tracks not best for their comfort while playing away from home. 


Thursday, November 26, 2015

India outplays South Africa in the spin department

India has clearly outplayed South Africa in the spin department. Both Ravi Ashwin and R Jadeja have provided the impetus the team India needed.

Imran Tahir on the other hand performed extremely well for the Proteas, but there was little support for him from Harmer. Instead it was Morkel who provided crucial breakthroughs for the proteas.

With Dale Steyn on the sidelines South Africa were just missing the edge they needed to give a good fight back .

Batsmen of both the sides were clearly outplayed by the spinners in the match. With the top score being 40 runs by Murali Vijay after three innings in to the match.

Many are arguing that pitches prepared in the series are spinner friendly. But I think both the teams have fair chance of winning the match, those who ever win should take the title.

Bowling friendly or batsmen friendly, a pitch plays true for both the sides and better team wins in the end.


South Africa chasing 310 in the second innings in the Nagpur Test

India is clearly way ahead in the third Test against South Africa in Nagpur. After hosts being bowled out for 215 in the first innings.

Proteas succumbed to a very low score of 79, courtesy guile and spin of R Ashwin (5/33) and Jadeja(4) on the second day of the match.

Murali Vijay top scored in the Indian batting line up with 40 runs. While Duminy top scored for SA with 35 runs.
India in the second innings replied with 173 in 46.3 Overs. Imran Tahir took 5 wickets in 11.3 Overs while Morkel took 3 in 10 Overs. Shikhar Dhawan top scored with 39 runs in the second innings for India.

South Africa are left to chase 310 runs in the second innings to win the match which looks very difficult. 

In reply SA are 21/1 in the second innings.


Friday, February 13, 2015

New Zealand wins the World Cup 2015 Opener against Sri Lanka at ChristChurch

 Sri Lanka loose the opening match to Co-hosts New Zealand at ChristChurch by 98 runs.

Earlier Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first hoping to get early wickets in overcast conditions. But Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum stitched a 111 run partnership for the first wicket propelling New Zealand into a strong position. 

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor stitched another 57 run partnership for the fourth wicket. And after that New Zealand lost both Williamson and Taylor in quick succession to leave the New Zealand total at 193/4.

And after that Corey Anderson joined Grant Elliot to build another 65 run partnership. Elliot was out for 29 runs.

Luke Ronchi the wicket keeper batsmen joins Anderson for the last six Overs building a quick partnership of 51 runs in just 26 deliveries. With some tight hitting by Ronchi and Anderson the team total reaches 331/6. It was altogether71 run partnership between the two.

Some sloppy fielding give Corey Anderson a new life who skied one from Lakmal and in the next Over Malinga yorks Ronchi to take his wicket off a no ball.

For Sri Lanka it was one wicket apiece for Lakmal and Herath, while Mendis scalped two.

Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga were little bit expensive for Sri Lanka today,  Herath bowled a tight spell for 37 runs in 9 Overs taking wicket of McCullum.

Sri Lanka replying to New Zealand's 331/6 scores 40 runs of first 10 Overs, with Dilshan and Thirimanne building the first wicket partnership. At the score of 67, Dilshan returns a simple catch to Vettori in the 13th Over. 

Thirimanne is joined by Sangakkara and the two take forward the Sri Lankan innings then Thirimanne 65 is bowled by Trent Boult at 124/1. 

Sangakkara 39 is trapped LBW by Trent Boult and then Adam Milne clean bowls Karunaratne for 14. 

Jayawardene 0 is out edging to the keeper Ronchi of the bowling off Vettori. Jeevan Mendis could not keep one down from Milne and is out edging to the keeper for 4.

Sri Lanka looses the initiative by losing six wicket for just 44 runs, score now reading 172/6 with Mathews and Kulasekara at the crease. 

Sri Lankan has been bowled out for 233 in 46.1 Overs. by 98 runs.

Sri Lanka has been completely outplayed in all departments by New Zealand as they rise for the occasion and take a winning step forward in the World Cup campaign. 

New Zealand are competitive and strong contenders for the title in this edition. Vettori bowls a splendid spell taking two wickets for 34 runs in 10 Overs. Milne, Boult, Anderson and Southee take 2 wickets apiece.

Sri Lanka as common with the Sub Continental teams loose the initiative while batting, not feeling comfortable with  the pace of the wicket.

Corey Anderson is the Man of the Match for 75 runs and two wickets and all round performance.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Updates: World Cup 2015 Warm up matches 2,3,4 and 5

Match 5 England Vs West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground

England have bowled out West Indies for 122 in their warm up tie.

Chris Woakes takes five for 19 in 7.3 Overs, Steven Finn took 2/34 in 6 Overs. Jordan, Bopara and Tredwell took one wicket each to reduce West Indies to 122 runs on a wicket which had pace and bounce in overcast conditions.

Lendl Simmons top scored for West Indies with 45 runs.

Moeen Ali 38 Ian Bell 12 were at the crease 60/0  in 10.2 Overs

Match 3 South Africa vs Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval

Match won by South Africa by D/L method by 5 wickets.

Earlier Sri Lanka batting first scored 279/7, with Dilshan scoring a stroke filled 100.

In reply South Afica had to score a revised target of 188 under D/L method.

Q de Kock made 66 H Amla 46 to help South Africa win the match. For Sri Lanka Rangana Herath took 3/22 in 5 Overs.

Match 2 New Zealand vs Zimbabwe was abandoned due to rain at Bert Sutcliffe Oval

Martin Guptill scoring a hundred in a total of 157/7.

Match 4 Pakistan vs Bangladesh at Blacktown International Sports Park no. 1

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first making 208/5  

Tamim Iqbal made 81 and M Mahmudullah 83

Latest Score 234 in 47.4 Overs


Australia easily wins the warm up tie against India at Adelaide Oval

Australia won the warm up game against India at the Adelaide Oval by 106 runs. David Warner 104 and Glenn Maxwell (retd) 122 helped Australia post 371 in 48.2 Overs. 

In reply India scored 265 in 45.1 Overs with Dhawan, Rahane and Rayudu scoring fifties.

The pitch was easy to bat, with the ball nicely coming on to the bat. David Warner played good strokes all round the wicket at a fast pace. 

Glen Maxwell later scored heavily and scored 122 runs of just 55 deliveries.

Indian batsmen were mostly out caught trying to play some enterprising strokes to up the scoring rate.

Mohd Shami took 3/83 in 9.3 Overs, Umesh Yadav 2/52 in 9 Overs and Mohit Sharma 2/62 in six Overs.

Stuart Binny and Axar Patel took one wicket each.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

The World Cup winning team of 2011 for India was easily the most experienced and talented of the time in the world

The World Cup winning team of 2011 of India was easily the most experienced and talented in the world at the time. And it was no wonder that India won the cup so handsomely.

When you have Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Mahender Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir then you could easily be on top of the world. The champs had to do it in front of the world and they did it in style, dominated the world with their eloquent style of Cricket that is not found in any part of the world.

Yuvraj Singh with his remarkable form with the bat won the Man of the Tournament award, which is one  award any player playing the World Cup cherishes for lifetime. And Yuvraj Singh won the award after match winning performances through out the tournament. 

Zaheer Khan with all his experience in One Day Cricket was the main spear head of the Indian team, and go to man in times when team needed him during the course of a match. Harbhajan Singh was the India's spin wizard who lend the team with a reliable spinning abilities and providing crucial break through at regular intervals.

In Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, India had a safe opening pair. Particularly Virender Sehwag with his amazing stroke play used to put pressure on any opposition with in no time. And the legend, maestro Sachin Tendulkar himself was there to provide that touch of solidity to the team, any team in the world would like to have such a player in the ranks. Dhoni was the captain cool, shrewd and tactical that kept India in the hunt and ensured the team won the World Cup, he was handful behind the stumps and was demolisher with the bat. Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli were experienced enough to keep India in good stead through out the tournament.

The players like Praveen Kumar, S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan all provided the team with the cushion the team needed and with that strong bench India proved insurmountable to any opposition in the World.

Here on sub-continental wickets the ball does not rise as much and the tracks are batsmen friendly so to say, but still the batsmen had to play their strokes to put a score on the board for bowlers to defend. Or chase down runs as the Indian team did against Sri Lanka in the finals.

Sri Lankans as always are a respectable side with likes of Mahela, Sangakkara, Dilshan, in their side. But it was India's day and they finished their campaign in 2011 by coming out on the top. History has been created. India became the World Champions true to their repertoire.

After four years this World Cup edition is less than a week to start in Australia and New Zealand and most of the teams have warmed up for the occasion and ready to start their campaign.

In the preliminary stages we will see developing cricketing nations rub shoulders with their more experienced counter parts. Ireland, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Zimbabwe all the other teams have some element of surprise they carry in them. It is the exposure to more and more cricket that will make them more experienced. These teams have many times sprung a surprise by defeating top teams in the World Cricket. 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

India need to attack pace bowling in World Cup with sound technique and temperament

World Cup is round the corner and all the teams are buzzing with confidence. 

India is on a long tour of Australia that started in December last  with Four Tests, a T20 and an ODI Tri-series. The team lost 0-2 in the four Test match series. Though the team lost but there were positives from the series to be taken into account.

In One day series the team did not do well, often loosing early wickets to pace bowling in Australian conditions. Many players did not adjust to pace and bounce that well, often edging catches behind the stumps.

Though Mitchell Johnson who is the main spearhead of the Aussie attack took rest from the series, India could not win the series. Though it is another matter, in the last match it played against England at Perth, the team had a good start but could not convert into a challenging total in the end, the match was easily won by England.

In these conditions India need to adapt well and particularly should have the strategy to counter the likes of Mitchell Johnson, James Anderson and other host of bowlers from different nations. 

India are defending their World Cup title here in Australia- New Zealand of the World Cup 2015, if India puts up a meek response it will be difficult for India in crunch matches like Semi-Final and Finals of the World Cup.

India need to take every match seriously and prepare accordingly and don't give the opposition the comfort to attack in crucial situations of a match.

India need to make strategy to tackle pace bowling very clear and follow it.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Heading into the Cricket World Cup 2015 the list of injured players from different countries is a long one.

More and more players are now susceptible to injuries now-a-days than what we have heard about in the 80's or 90's when Cricket was such a pleasure to watch, free from all forms of excessive commercialization.

Cricketing injuries were unheard of in those times. Sir Viv Richards or a Sunny Gavaskar getting injured and not  available for a tournament as big the stature as World Cup was never expected.

Heading into the World Cup 2015 the list of injured players from different countries is a long one.

From India Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are on the watch list and the players are slated to undergo fitness test on February 7.

Injured players Ishant, Rohit, Jadeja to undergo fitness test on February 7 -Indian Express 

From Pakistan, front-line bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of World Cup 2015 due to Hamstring injury. Mohammed Hafeez is also reported to be on the watchlist and is sidelined.

Junaid Khan out of World Cup 2015 - BBC 

From Australia Skipper Michael Clarke had already withdrawn after the first Test with India and is on a recovery path. 

Shane Watson did not play in the last ODI's in the Tri series involving England and India due to hamstring injury.

Shane Watson to miss ODIS due to Hamstring - 

And the very recent scare is to the all-rounder James Faulkner who has suffered a side strain and withdrew from the match mid-way in the finals of the Tri-Series.

It is reported that the injury is not as serious to completely sideline the player, but given the nature of expectations from players these days, and in a major tournament,  is a cause of little concern. But given his exploits with the bat he should make it to the squad. 

James Faulkner could play as batsman only says Don Marsh - The 
Mitchell Johnson had to come out seeking rest from the team management and reported a slight strain on his hamstring to be allowed a months' rest before rejoining the team at Perth in the final of ODI tri series, which Australia won after his tremendous performance scalping three English players for just 27 runs in 7 Overs.

From Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga underwent an ankle surgery in September last and has been selected in the World Cup squad subject to fitness test, he is reported to have missed one day series that was played in India, after the truncated West Indies tour of India and the England series in Sri Lanka. 

Sanath Jayasuriya on Sri Lanka progress leading upto the World Cup 2015 -

Given the amount of Cricket played these days the list could see many additions as the tournament progresses.