Showing posts with label West Indies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label West Indies. Show all posts

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 20, 2015

West Indies can fight back in the Boxing day Test at the MCG

Things not looking rosy for the West Indies Cricket, as there are widespread media reports about the game being in danger in the Caribbean Islands.

West Indies abandoned the Tour of India mid-way when it last toured India. Recently several commentators of the game including Michael Holding have voiced their concerns.

I think there should be a way out of the present scenario. The acrimony between the players and the board should be sorted out at the earliest.

Holding blasts WICB as dysfunctional , untrustworthy - The Hindu

 The team is touring Australia now, and has lost the first Test inside three days at Hobart.

 Does the state of affairs reflect on the players, too tough to say, but would be happy to believe that isn't the case and the team come back strongly in the Boxing day Test at the beautiful and picturesque Melbourne Cricket Ground.

In the meantime Australia broadcaster Nine seem to have prepared for all the contingencies if the visitors loose again badly in the Boxing Day Test and the New Year Test as both dominate the Australian Cricket scene in Australia.

 Cricket: What will happen to Nine if the West Indies can't perform? - Sydney Morning Herald

West Indies seem to have been little out of touch in the Hobart game, but MCG is also a tough venue will be much similar to the Hobart pitch, bowlers especially need to look for early breakthroughs and should not allow Australia score easily.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

1983 ki India ki World Cup win against West Indies ab tak ki best : Imran

Imran Khan kahtay hain, ki Kapil Dev ki 1983 World Cup win ab tak ki best hai isliye ki, woh jo West Indies ka attack tha us waqt woh world ka best tha.

Sachin se zyaada woh Gavaskar ko high rate isliye kartay hain, kyon ki Gavaskar jo fast bowling ka saamna kiya woh Sachin ne nahi kiya. Us waqt West Indies mein char, char match winners they jaisay kay ek match winner, Australia kay Johnson ne England khilaaf series jita di.

Ek aur sawal par Imran ne kaha kay us waqt West Indies kay paas Char, Char bowlers Holding, Marshall, Garner, Patterson aisay they jo 90 Miles se oopar gend kartay they, jo ki kisi bhi team mein ab tak nahi aisay bowlers aaye, to thoda difficult ho jaata hai different era's ko compare karna. 

Imran ne kaha  Viv Richards aur Ranatunga dono ne yeah suggest kiya ki Abdul Quadir Shane Warne se behtar hai, isliye ki Abdul Quadir kay daur mein front foot par lbw nahi diya jaata tha.

Bradman aur Sobers mein chunnay par Imran ne kaha, unho ne sirf Richards ko dekha to unka maanna hai ki Richards best batsmen unkay khyaal mein.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Imran ne kaha Gavaskar Sachin se behtar, Australia wins by an innings, Virat Kohli on India win

West Indies ko Australia ne innings aur 212 runs se hara diya, Australia 4/583 declared,  West Indies 223 or 148. Match teesray din hi khatam hogaya. Australia ki taraf se James Pattinson ne 5 wickets liye. West Indies ki tarag se Darren Bravo ne 108 pahli innings mein aur Braithwaite 94 doosri innings mein bana paaye.

Bohot hi kharab performance raha hai West Indies ka batting mein, aur bowling mein bhi woh zyaada kuch nahi kar paaye Agla test Boxing day Test, MCG mein hona hai.

Imran Khan in India

Imran Khan ne kaha kay Sunil Gavaskar Sachin Tendulkar se behtar khiladi hain isliye ki, Gavaskar lillee, thompson, Holding, Marshall, Garner jaisay attack ka saamna kiya. Jo ki easily world ka bohot hi best attack tha us zamaanay ka. 90's mein aakar cricket kaafi badal chuka tha. Sachin ne bhi Akram, Waqar aur McGrath jaisay bowlers ka saamna kiya, lekin Imran ka maan na tha ki Gavaskar is better than Sachin.

Virat Kohli on India win

Virat Kohli ne kaha kay India ne behtar kiya hai, aur unko bohot bura laga sunkar jab unhi kay desh waasiyon ne taanay maaray pitch ko lekar. Virat kay khyaal mein, duniya kay anya grounds par bhi teams kam scores par out hoti hain. Team jab acha karay sarahna karna chahiye.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sachin's farewell series unearthed talent in debutants Rohit and Shami

Recently concluded Sachin's farewell series has unearthed talent of the debutants like Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami.

Rohit Sharma had to wait for his Test debut and made a mark when given the chance by back to back centuries. Mohammed Shami justified his debut by taking 9 wickets. Both of the players remember their memorable debut which enthralled the Kolkata crowd at Eden Gardens.

West Indies didn't perform up to their potential and had their chances in the first test when India lost six wickets for 150 plus runs until debutant Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin turned around the match for India. From there after India siezed the initiative and went on to win the match.

Second test at Wankhede the Sachin Tendulkar's final test at his home ground is a memorable one, for the way the Master batsman batted while at the crease.

The delicate cuts, straight drives, and subtle manoeuvrings  of the pitch enthralled the crowd one last time for the vociferous audience at the Wankhede watching vintage Tendulkar in full flow.

And a delivery by Narsingh Deonarine outside of out stump  had nothing in it except inviting the batsman to cut it for four, but sheer presence of Darren Sammy, lost his control while the fast flash of the bat which was traveling, had their been another fielder, there could have been a catch dropped.

But destiny had it and the Master batsman had to leave the crease after such a master class at the crease.

Crowd was watching the master batsman walking back to the pavilion for one last time and turning back to acknowledge the crowds gesture.

The match drew celebrities from across the spectrum including the Congress scion Prime Ministerial candidate Rahul Gandhi to Mumbai, bollywood stars including Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan were there to felicitate the champion batsmen.

Then the Master batsman gave a befitting farewell speech at the presentation ceremony which held the nation's breath for a moment.

A prodigy of Indian Cricket, SR Tendulkar went on and on and illustrated his 24 years of passionate journey with immaculate words coming straight from the heart.

They inspired a generation and a country was in a sombre mood both celebrating the class of the batsman and his retirement at the same time.

Though the Master batsman retired from the game but he will always be there in hearts and minds of millions of his die hard fans.

Such a short series with so many beautiful memories. Test Cricket could have never been any better except for the retirement of a legend.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar's final test match is marked by euphoria, enthusiasm and celebrations.

Sachin Tendulkar's 200th test is marked by euphoria, enthusiasm and celebrations. Fans were watching the master practice on the field since morning during the warm up session ahead of the Second test against the West Indies.

The master batsman was usual self going through all the drills and was fit as ever. The scenes the people of this country will surely going to miss, Sachin Tendulkar preparing for his final test of his splendid 24 year career.

It was in 1989 the maestro made his debut, even before getting his driving license. His exploits with the bat were already in everybody's knowledge. The world welcomed the iconic batsman to the crease with utmost awe and disbelief.

With a boyish look on his face and expectations of a cricket loving country, the champion batsman walked to bat against the likes of Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram, the fear some duo of fast bowling in the world cricket.

Thus began the story of a young Sachin Tendulkar taking on the whizzing deliveries with confidence very few have shown in the history of the game.

Where ever he went, he was the cynosure of eyes, capturing the imagination of cricket followers all around the world.

Sachin soon became a house hold name in his home country India, and the world kept a close eye to look for any fallacy in the batsman's technique.

He soon became a nightmare for bowlers all across the world. Opposition teams would strategize to take the wicket of the champion batsmen in major One Day Tournaments.

Since they knew if Sachin lasts, the match is gone beyond doubt.

Sachin shared the dressing room with the likes of classy Ravi Shastri, wristy Mohammed Azharuddin, flamboyant Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, the wall and the stylish VVS Laxman.

Virender Sehwag emulated sachin on the field with the bat, and it was treat to see the Najafgarh batsman matching with Sachin in scoring quickly.

Sachin Tendulkar won several matches for his country single handedly, held up innings together in the middle order.

In short he is the batting mainstay, along with Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman, and it was India's turn to climb up the order and rightly take the mantle of world's no 1 Test team.

Sachin is remembered for his commitment and dedication to the game.

He boasts such a classic technique and game play that made batting look so easy. Sir Don Bradman acknowledged, he was something special and looked like himself batting.

Bowlers cherished his wicket and they knew that they could do little when the master's in the mood. They always looked to take his wicket early in the innings.

Sachin was only interested in taking care of his batting and the records just came by.

He scored the first double hundred in a one day international, scored 100 centuries combining both formats of the game.

The master batsman at the crease at the Wankhede stadium in his world record 200th test, has already shown glimpses of his classic self and the crowd went berserk, that included celebrities including cricketing greats from across the world joining him to be part of the occasion.

Sachin will be batting tomorrow morning for a cricket crazy nation in his 200th test for India at Wankhede stadium.

Whether he will be part of a huge total on the board for India in this test or not, he already has left a mark like no one has ever before in the history of Cricket.


Friday, November 8, 2013

India Vs West Indies First Test 2013: India wins the match in a splendid fashion at Eden Gardens Kolkata

India beat West Indies in the first Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata with a superb performance with bat and the ball. 

The two debutant players Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami Ahmed made this match a memorable one with splendid performances. 

After Mohammed Shami's first innings haul of 4/71, it was Rohit Sharma's turn to score a hundred on debut.

Rohit Sharma with Ravichandran Ashwin combined well to put together a solid partnership that gave India 219 runs lead in the first innings with the team total of 456 all out.

Then Ravichandran Ashwin continued his good performance with the ball too picking up three West Indian wickets. 

Mohammed Shami then ran through the West Indian middle and lower order with his reverse swinging deliveries, clean blowing most of the batsmen.

Eden Gardens crowd had some good entertainment cricket to watch with the spectacular performance from the Indian team, that made the farewell Sachin Tendulkar match a memorable one.

Now India move on to Mumbai for the second test Match of the series on Nov 14. 

Hope the West Indian team take positives from the match where they were in a good position in the Test match and there after didn't look up to the mark, particularly with the bat.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ind vs WI First Test 2013: India take the honours on the first day of the first test match agains the West Indies

Shami Ahmed, on his debut, bowled with rythm, pace and control at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in the first test match of the two match series against the West Indies.

And was rewarded with four West Indian wickets with some consistent line and length. Keiran Powell couldn't control the angled short pitched delivery and holed out to mid-on for 28.

And Samuels was bowled when the batsman looked well settled, with a sharp inswinger for valuable 65 runs for the team. Dinesh Ramdin followed suit in the similar fashion off Shami Ahmed.

Chris Gayle was caught of Kumar for 18.

Veteran West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was stranded at the other end with wickets falling at regular intervals. And he fell to an off break from Ashwin failing to cover the line of the ball for 36 runs.

West Indies side was bowled out for 234 of 74 Overs for 11 Extra runs. With Shami Ahmed returning with figures of 4/71 on his debut.

Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Ojha and Sachin scalped a wicket each, with Ravichandran Ashwin baggin two West Indian wickets.

At stumps Shikhar Dhawan was batting on 21 with Murali Vijay on 16 runs sharing first wicket partnership of 37.

West Indies where little bit casual in shot selection as well as impatient. Skipper Darren Sammy hurried to clear the boundary with a fielder at the long off boundary taking a simple catch.

While Darren Bravo was caught in a mix up and was run out.

This will definitely have huge bearing on the match as the strong Indian batting line up with Sachin Tendulkar in the middle order in his penultimate test will try and the seize the initiative.

West Indies could not make up by batting first after winning the toss on a good batting wicket.

At one stage West Indies were 138/2 and the side bundled out for 234 all out.