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"We can't only be winning at home and losing overseas. I don't know how many teams have lost eight Tests in a row overseas, like we did, in England and in Australia. How could the technical committee not take note of this dubious happening?," former India captain Sourav Ganguly said recently.
Ganguly, who heads the BCCI's technical committee, also felt it was time for domestic cricket in India to be restructured as it hadn't been done in recent years. His knowledge to assess the game and the situation instantly makes him the perfect catalyst for getting the best out of players. The question however must be raised: why has it taken Ganguly and Kumble on the technical committee for these overdue changes? And why don't Indians play county cricket anymore?
Coming back to the changes, it took Ganguly's stewardship for changes to be proposed to the domestic structure and nature of the wickets in the country. The committee proposed overhauling the Ranji Trophy and recommended doing away with
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The Indian domestic structure needs some serious structuring.By Bikash Singh | Yahoo! Cricket – Tue 19 Jun, 2012 3:26 PM IST
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A summation of the impressive run of scores the young Royals opener has made in IPL5.By Bikash Singh | Yahoo! Cricket – Thu 17 May, 2012 7:09 PM IST
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There is no storm attached to his name, no scoop, no switch-hit and neither does he strike fear in the minds of bowlers; or does he? But he will hurt you where it hurts – just ask Sreenath Aravind, Deccan Chargers and some other parties who have been at the receiving end. We know by now that this little fella is no one trick pony like Paul Valthaty. Where is Paul anyway?
Rahane doesn't look like one of those players who would take Twenty20 cricket by storm - one of the reasons he was found warming the bench during his tenure with Mumbai Indians. But today, opposition think-tanks have an extra job – that of finding ways to contain him. The name Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane, today, sends jitters down the opposition’s spine. And with Shane Watson having rumbled into town to lend the pack some Royal steel, former champions Rajasthan look irresistible.
I am not sure if Royals will make the play-offs, but Rahane looks ready for the next level - India.
Here's a look at how the youngster has fared
More than IPL, Pujara will be itching to reclaim his lost berth in the Indian squad when India embark on a long journey to the West Indies.By Bikash Singh | Yahoo! Cricket – Wed 9 May, 2012 11:52 AM IST
Young Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who has recovered from a threatening knee injury, will lead the India 'A' contingent on a tour of the Caribbean islands in June. West Indies 'A' will host India to three four-day matches, three one-day matches and two Twenty-20s.
The Indian squad constitutes a number of players who have represented India at the highest level.
Pujara, who walked into the Indian Test squad with a reputation as a run-machine in the domestic circuit, made a memorable debut against Australia in Bangalore scoring a gritty 76 in the second innings, coming ahead of Rahul Dravid at No.3. However, an unfortunate knee injury - during last year's IPL playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore - forced the Saurashtra batsman out of action for five months.
As India prepare for life after Dravid, the youngster will have to quickly settle into cricket's top level.
More than IPL, Pujara will be itching to reclaim his lost berth in the Indian squad when India embark on a long journey toRead More »from After IPL, Pujara targets West Indies tour
IPL5 hasn't been short of heated words and animated gestures, best exemplified by Ganguly's wild celebration of Pietersen's wicket.By Bikash Singh | Yahoo! Cricket – Tue 24 Apr, 2012 11:12 AM IST
Our first target would be to finish among the top four - Sourav Ganguly
In their inaugural season last year, Pune Warriors India finished ninth among 10 teams, just ahead of Delhi Daredevils -- who are now the new favourites in the money-spinning league. With a line-up that includes Virender Sehwag, Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor and David Warner (to join later), Daredevils on flat Indian pitches are turning out to be a nightmare for bowlers. However, Delhi were put to sword by Warriors, and by one Sourav Ganguly in particular, on April 21 at Kotla. Sehwag and KP threatened to take the game away from Pune but the man with the golden arm -- Dada -- ensured that they made it much more difficult for Delhi and its skipper to score through the gaps.
The home team -- chasing 193 runs -- were in control needing 106 from 66 balls until Sourav came along in the 10th over. The former Indian skipper struck with his first ball, getting rid of Pietersen for 32 and the celebrationRead More »from The 'curse' of modern cricket
There is no doubting that no one understands the common cricketer's mind, heart, soul, and yes, insecurities, as well as Ganguly.By Bikash Singh | Yahoo! Cricket – Tue 17 Apr, 2012 10:30 AM IST
Pune Warriors India's captain Sourav Ganguly speaks with his teammate Marlon Samuels.
Silence engulfed the newly-built Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium Saturday April 14 when Pune Warriors India lost its guide/mentor/captain in the ninth over. The home team had got off to a positive start in its chase of 156 against defending champions Chennai Super Kings when the avoidable happened — Sourav Ganguly was run out for 16 off 16.
The all too brief knock included a cover drive played the way only Ganguly can — the sort of stroke that prompted Rahul Dravid to once say, "On the offside, first there is God, then there is Sourav Ganguly." It is the kind of stroke you can't describe — but if you have seen it once, you never forget it.
The former Indian skipper walked back to the dugout and confined himself to a seat, moving only to stand and applaud when Steven Smith hit the winning runs. Till then, while his mates were out in the middle chasing down a good target, there was no boisterousness, no exuberant cheering of every stroke, no triumphalism, till the work was complete. And his Read More »from The importance of man-management
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We identified him as a special talent - Shane Warne
While Sourav Ganguly's astute captaincy has had the headline writers in a tizzy, one Ravindra Jadeja - the most expensive buy in this year's IPL auction - is trying hard to make the world believe he was worth it.
Chennai Super Kings paid $2 million (or more) for the all-rounder from Saurashtra. Narayanaswamy Srinivasan and co got him for an undisclosed sum after a tie with Deccan Chargers - the very side Ravindra destroyed on Saturday with a superb all-round performance. After a blazing cameo of 48 runs in 29 balls, the left-hander came back to haunt the home team - claiming five wickets for 16 runs from his quota of four overs.
Jadeja lives up to price tag as Chennai thrash Deccan
"I wanted to please my mom and my family", said Jadeja. Modest!
After a season of extraordinary development, which has taken even his critics by surprise, Ravindra Jadeja has established himself as the most exciting young all-rounder in Indian cricket today. Read More »from Jadeja and the fine art of getting by
The home team humbled India by 65 runs in the opening tri-series international at MCG . The tourists were bowled out for 151 chasing 217 runs.By Bikash Singh | Yahoo! Cricket – Mon 6 Feb, 2012 2:37 PM IST
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Australia overwhelmed India by 65 runs in the opening tri-series international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The tourists were bowled out for 151 - another unimpressive batting performance - chasing 217 under Duckworth-Lewis method.
The contest was reduced to 32-over-per-side following the loss of more than three hours of play due to rain.
India got off to a horrific start with both their openers - Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir - back in the pavilion for just 13 runs. Mitchell Starc did the cleaning work for Australia in his first two overs.
However, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma dealt positively with the best of the Australian attack before being undone in a spectacular fashion by Clint McKay - who took two wickets in three balls. The pitch suddenly came to life, runs dried up and boundaries almost disappeared after the twin blow in the 12th over.
Suresh Raina came and left as if he had some unfinished business left in the dressing room.
After kicking the hornet's nest with sensational claims in his autobiography 'Controversially Yours', former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar didn't shy away from raising a new controversy when he said that 'it is beyond his dignity to respond to Sachin's snub.'
In an interview with NewsX, the pacer took on Pakistan Cricket Board and Wasim Akram once again. He also clarified why Tendulkar was scared of him during the Faisalabad Test.
Sachin"Tendulkar was suffering from tennis elbow during that time and was having difficulty holding his bat (pulling), so we decided to target his head and get him out. We wanted to scare him off with barrage of bouncers. And I felt - that particular day - Sachin was scared, he was uncomfortable against me," Akhtar said.
Shoaib also maintained his stand that Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were not match-winners - atleast when he was around.
The speedster lashed out at PCB chairman Ijaz Butt,Read More »from Akhtar won’t respond to Sachin
Shoaib Akhtar is not finished yet. Cricket's perennial problem child, the Rawalpindi Express has launched his autobiography today. Titled Controversially Yours, he takes digs at Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, and also brazenly admits to ball-tampering.
The erstwhile fastest bowler in the world can lay claim to be the only one to dismiss Dravid and Tendulkar with consecutive deliveries — both blazing yorkers — at Eden Gardens in 1999. But despite the two Indians winning several personal contests against him since then, Shoaib still chose to berate them in his book.
He's not the first cricketer to do so. Herschelle Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist recently had been critical of Tendulkar in their books — a technique which instantly stirs up emotions and pumps up sales.
Akhtar claims Dravid and Tendulkar were not match-winners:
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"....Vivian Richards, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and the likes of them are great batsmen who dominated with the bat and were truly
Rahul Dravids are not born everyday. They come, adapt and create a summit beyond the reach of lesser mortals. The former Indian captain bids adieu to the 50-over format after the fifth and final One-day match against England in Cardiff today. At 38, Dravid still retains his boyish enthusiasm for the game he loves and has not lost his unquenchable hunger for runs. The good thing for his team and fans though is that will continue to play Test cricket for India.
Akshay Iyer digs out Dravid's best innings in One-Day Internationals.
Speaking to NDTV, Rahul Dravid says in his own mind he had played his last ODI two years back, but added it was nice to be given the opportunity to bring an end to his international career in the shorter formats. Dravid said this though won’t bring any change to his life adding the Indian team has moved on in the shorter formats.
RahulAR Hemant of Y! Cricket while comparing Dravid to the famous Bollywood villain and character artist Pran writes: "There are thoseRead More »from Viva la Dravid
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