AR Hemant

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  • Live Blog: England vs India, Day 2, Lord’s

    (Note to readers: we will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the Lord's Test match. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically.)

    It was a day to cherish for PK and KP. But it's advantage England for now.It was a day to cherish for PK and KP. But it's advantage England for now.

    It was a day to cherish for PK and KP. But it's advantage England for now.

    12.00 am - Mukund looked out of place against Tremlett but India survived six overs without damage. England would sense an opportunity against Mukund and Dravid, who hasn't been a happy tourist in recent years. If those two fall cheaply, it would put huge pressure on the middle order. We'll find out how it goes tomorrow. Thanks for joining the live blog and discussions today. We'll look forward to seeing you again tomorrow. Goodnight.

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    Question for readers: Are there any positives for India on Day 2?

    11.02 pm - With a hundred in 216 balls, a second hundred in just 110 more balls, this would be one of Pietersen's most memorable Test innings. He had gone 20-odd

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  • Live Blog: England vs India, Day 1, Lord’s

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    10.55 pm - Just when the Indian team came out for the restart, it started drizzling again. Day 1 comes to an end. England remain 127-2. The forecast for tomorrow and Saturday isn't encouraging, with more rain predicted. Pray the clouds stay away. Till then, goodnight.

    More Coverage: Match Report | Day's pictures | Scores

    9 pm - It's raining on Lord's. We'd be lucky to get another over out of the day. No word on Zaheer's injury yet. He left the field clutching the back of his knee.

    Zaheer walks off the ground after a problem with his hamstring. Zaheer walks off the ground after a problem with his hamstring.

    Zaheer walks off the ground after a problem with his hamstring.

    8.20 pm - Pietersen gets beaten by an out-swinger by Ishant. The lights are on. Pietersen makes a wide-eyed expression indicating he had trouble seeing that ball. The umpires have a talk and play is halted for the moment. There are dark clouds

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  • The Enemy Camp: For The 100th Time…

    (Note to readers: 'The Enemy Camp' will be the tongue-in-cheek name for Yahoo! Cricket's coverage of the English press during India's tour of England.)

    Lord's. The 2000th Test match. The 100th between England and India. And there's a huge milestone Sachin Tendulkar is expected to cross.

    But as things stand, cricket is the last thing on the minds of some members of the Marylebone Cricket Club, who are miffed at 'inappropriately' dressed female spectators at Lord's. In 1999, women were allowed into the MCC after a 212-year-long ban.

    A delicious excerpt from Daily Express:

    There are now 50 female members, who sit alongside some of the 18,000 male members sporting their yellow and pink striped ties, pocket handkerchiefs and blazers. Some of the men, whose average age is 57, have protested that the women are not required to wear jackets.

    But the biggest concern seems to be that some women are just too scruffy. One member said the cricket maidens wear “garb fit for a vigorous weeding

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  • The Demon Fast (Indian) Bowler

    Richard Hadlee had four keywords to good fast bowling: rhythm, off-stump, desire and Lillee. The first three are self-explanatory.

    As for the fourth, Hadlee said he would think of Dennis Lillee whenever things got tough. “What would Lillee do in this situation? And he would never ever give up,” he explained.

    Ishant Sharma’s bowling in the Test series in the Caribbean ticks most points on Hadlee’s list. The results are Hadlee-esque, too.

    In the West Indies, we saw an Ishant we haven’t seen in a long time. It was a synergy between an uncluttered mind, tireless legs, cocked wrist, fingers wrapping the seam, unruly hair in the wind, and the cricket ball.

    They fused into one efficient machine whose singular objective was to zone in on a spot outside the off-stump. The ball would land on the spot, rear up and ask the batsman an unkind question: are you good enough to handle me?

    The answer to that lies in Ishant's numbers for the series. His 22 wickets, one every 34 balls, are the most any

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  • The Yahoo! Cricket Blog

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  • Life After 400

    In KR Guruprasad’s delightful book Going Places which profiles India's small-towners turned-superstars, Harbhajan Singh's mentor Devender Arora describes a memorable incident from an Under-16 match — one, which would underline Harbhajan's bowling prowess.

    Arora coached the Jalandhar side in an inter-district match in Patiala. Arora noticed something on the good length outside off-stump. It was an ant mound. The ball would misbehave upon landing on this soft, sandy patch.

    Arora called Harbhajan and asked him if he could see this spot from the bowling end. Harbhajan could. Arora told him to land the ball on the spot. He could.

    The 13-year-old spinner took 15 wickets in that match just by landing the ball on that spot.

    "Even at that age," said Arora, "Harbhajan was so accurate that he could land the ball wherever he wanted to. It was a God’s gift. I was very sure from there on that he would be a great bowler."

    It's been 18 years since the incident. Harbhajan is 31. He sits on a pretty

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  • In Praise of Good Old Grit

    Rahul DravidRahul Dravid

    It took so long coming, some of us had forgotten what a gritty Dravid hundred felt like. Here was the author of some of India’s greatest moments on a cricket field. Yet in the last five years, he had inexplicably struggled to score the hundred that would take Indian cricket and his own legend forward.

    Sure, there have been several memorable performances by him in this period. Between Sabina Park 2006 and Sabina Park 2011, there was the 93 at Perth. The 177 in Ahmedabad. The 62 in Napier. But what was missing was the one innings which typified Brand Dravid: the over-my-dead-body innings at a time everybody else had surrendered to the conditions.

    This was Dravid’s first Test hundred outside Asia in five years, and just his second since Adelaide. He’s had two fruitless tours of South Africa, and below-par tours of England and Australia. In recent times Dravid's overseas record had fallen from its lofty standards. With young talent waiting to break into the Test side, Dravid's clock is

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  • 1976: Massacre at Sabina Park

    Clive Lloyd unleased a new era in West Indies cricket, with a little help from Michael Holding.Clive Lloyd unleased a new era in West Indies cricket, with a little help from Michael Holding.

    Whenever India play at the Sabina Park, it is important to revisit the events of 1976 which marked the lowest point in their cricketing relations with West Indies.

    It is also the start of West Indies’ two-decade long supremacy, and an occasion which caused a livid Sunil Gavaskar to make a racially-charged comment about Jamaican people.

    But before we get to how Clive Lloyd unleashed a torrent of fast, dangerous, short-pitched bowling on India, sent half their top-order to the hospital and caused captain Bishan Singh Bedi to 'surrender' the match, we have to see what went on in Caribbean cricket before this match.

    Lloyd had made a fine start to his captaincy with a 3-2 win in India and the World Cup triumph of 1975. But it all changed with the tour of Australia.

    “There is basically not much between the two teams where talents and skills are concerned, and you don't need a crystal ball to predict the outcome could hang on a slender thread,” Lloyd said upon his arrival in Australia.

    He

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  • Fool-proof Technology and Other Manohar Kahaniyan

    After a week of hearing about the pros and cons of the DRS, I’m still unclear about one thing: why exactly is India — or specifically, the BCCI and one or two cricketers — opposed to it?

    Here’s a list of India’s grievances with the DRS:

    1. I am not going to buy a life jacket that doesn't come with a warranty. [Dhoni, November 2011]
    2. It is the judgment of one system (computer) against the other (the umpire). — [Shashank Manohar, August 2010]
    3. I have even told the ICC that we have no problem with HotSpot. Our objection is to ball tracking.  [Manohar holds his ground, last week]
    4. Sorry, we do have have problems with HotSpot - it is an expensive, monopolistic, military technology, and it can get stolen. [Unnamed BCCI source]
    5. I am not fully convinced with DRS. [In Sri Lanka, 2008], I was not convinced with many decisions. I did not feel comfortable ... I would rather go with HotSpot because that establishes the contact between the bat and the bowl. [Sachin Tendulkar, 2010]
    6. I am not against DRS,
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  • Warne, One Last Time

    Shane Warne had a little chat with Rahul Dravid, who ran in to say something to him. Warne scratched his chin and surveyed his field. He waved to his fielders, adjusted their positions a little. A banner in the stands read ‘Bowling Shane', a relic from the 1990s. James Franklin waited on strike. Warne made some more adjustments to the field.

     

    He smiled as he walked in, one final time.

     

    Just like Anil Kumble's final delivery in a Test match, it was a full toss, on off-stump. He had tried too hard. Franklin drove it to long-off for a single. The fielder collected the ball and threw it in. Warne took the return on his knees. He then held a thumbs-up to the fielder. He was done. It was his final delivery in competitive cricket. A journey that started 20 years ago lasted over 92,000 deliveries and produced 1851 wickets came to an end at the Wankhede Stadium today.

     

    His final victim was Rohit Sharma, Mumbai's top-scorer today. The dismissal had all the flair of the master deceiver Warne

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