Bikash Singh

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Bikash still thinks cricket's a gentleman's game. And that our batsmen run away with most of the prizes.

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  • No. 3 - The missing link

    Filling the void left by Ricky Ponting is proving to be exceedingly difficult for Australia.



    If you've got the axe hanging over your head always it is really hard to relax and play your natural game - Steve Waugh
     
    These are harsh times for Australian cricket and Darren Lehmann's recent warning shot could do more harm than good in a time like this. "Blokes are missing straight ones, that doesn't help. We have to learn from our mistakes. If they don't learn, we'll find blokes that will," warned Darren. Perhaps he was just frustrated that Australia from 147 for one went on to lose the all-important Chester-le-Street encounter by 74 runs, chasing 299.
     
    The dismissal of Usman Khawaja sparked a collapse that is painstakingly hard to explain.
     
    Playing for their places

    Half of Australia's batting problems are down to the fact that Khawaja, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin and even Shane Watson - as Lehmann puts it - are playing for their places in the team. That kind of pressure is never going to allow them to play to their best - as Waugh mentioned above.
     
    Khawaja's lack of absorption, after heRead More »from No. 3 - The missing link
  • Testing times for AB and C

    ... unless Australia win at Old Trafford and South Africa do themselves some good in the T20s.



    I love the game as much now as I ever have that's for sure. I have no intention to walk away from this game right now - Michael Clarke
     
    One is desperately looking to avoid being only the second Aussie captain to lose seven Tests in a row, while the other is trying to salvage some pride in the three Twenty20 Internationals after being routed 4-1 in the just-concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka.
     
    The men in the spotlight are AB de Villiers and Michael Clarke - and both are being done in by some quality cricket by their opponents, as well as transition and injuries.
     
    South Africa, without the services of premier fast bowler Dale Steyn, leading all-rounder Jacques Kallis and former ODI captain Graeme Smith, never looked comfortable against Lankan spinners, apart from that one match in Pallekele where David Miller's robust innings helped his team end their 11-match losing streak in on Sri Lankan soil.
     
    Australia's batting/man-management on the other hand has been in a parlous state of affairsRead More »from Testing times for AB and C
  • Hey Aussies, bring your David back

    ...because the 'Goliath' in England you face only he can slay.


    Unless Jimmy Anderson bobs up in the Zimbabwe side, Warner scoring runs won't count for anything - Allan Border

    Cricket Australia's decision to send the wayward left-hander on an African safari (to get some time in the middle) defied logic/belief beyond imagination. [Warner was suspended and then sacked from the team for punching England's Joe Root in a Birmingham pub before the first Ashes Test.]

    If the management wanted him to get some time in the middle, Warner should have stayed back in England and faced the likes of James Anyon, Monty Panesar and Steve Magoffin in their practice match against Sussex. Or for that matter, even the Australian pacemen in the nets, but in England. However, Darren Lehmann and co felt Warner's cause would be better served facing Kyle Abbott, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Jarvis and others during Australia A's tour of Africa - conditions that are vast different from those on offer in England.

    And the 26-year-old proved them right by hammering 193 for Australia A Read More »from Hey Aussies, bring your David back
  • Akhtar won’t respond to Sachin

    Akhtar

    I wanted to be known, recognised: Akhtar

    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.'

    How To Sell A Cricket Book

    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,

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  • How To Sell A Cricket Book

    Akhtar

    Akhtar: Shooting from the hip.

    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:

    "....Vivian Richards, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and the likes of them are great batsmen who dominated with the bat and were truly

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  • Viva la Dravid

    Dravid

    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 those

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  • India vs England: 4th ODI at Lord’s

    (Note to readers: We will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the fourth One-dayer between India and England. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically.)

    Scorecard | Action in Images | Match Report

    Bopara

    Ravi Bopara prepares to sweep as MS Dhoni looks on.

    Match Tied according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

    Fortune favours the brave they say. England clinched the One-day series with a little help from rain and Ravi Bopara, who contributed with 96 runs. You can say they got lucky with the weather at Chester-le-Street, won all-important tosses in favourable conditions at Southampton and Kennington Oval but today they fought hard.

    After blanking India in the Test series, winning the one-off T20, England have now overwhelmed World Champions India in the 50-over format too. They deserved it. For India, well they did not deserve it.

    Raina and Dhoni did put up a fight to take India to 280 but with the kind of bowling resources

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  • India: A one trick pony?

     

    Oh how quickly and quietly they went ... down.

     

    Lost the series, sorry WHITEWASHED. Lost the number one ranking...not lost England took it and declared they are the best Test team by some distance and deserve to top the rankings. Dhoni and co must be thanking Mr. Anna Hazare for taking the spotlight away from them after being repeatedly humiliated by England in the four-Test series and looking completely out of their elements.

     

    India's fall from grace is not even funny ... but we didn't see it coming like this, did we? With the likes of Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar still around it was expected that our tryst with the No.1 raking will continue for some more time - if I am not exaggerating for at least another couple of years until 'The Big Three' retire. But the manner in which India approached the series from the start disproved the fact that we went there as champions.

     

    That 300 was India's highest score (once) during the series tells us how sadly Dhoni and his

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  • Live Blog: India vs England, Day 5, The Oval

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    Match package: Scorecard | Action in Images | Report

    Sachin Tendulkar

    Sachin Tendulkar walks back after being dismissed by Tim Bresnan.

    WHITEWASHED!

    8:10 pm - England win by an innings and 8 runs, they are officially the world's number one Test team now. Swann takes the last wicket. India outplayed in every department.

    Who is to be blamed for this humiliating loss?

    "When you enforce the follow-on, you're always asking a lot of the bowlers especially on a flat wicket. They stuck at it. To bowl India out for 300 and 283 on that wicket is quite a performance," said England captain Andrew Strauss.

    "We tried our best but we didn't get much time together before the series because the players were coming from the West Indies," Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

    Ian Bell gets the Man of the Match award for his 235

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  • Live Blog: India vs England, Day 4, The Oval

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    Match package: Scorecard | Action in Images

    Rahul Dravid

    Rahul Dravid walks off after being dismissed by Graeme Swann.

    11:04 pm - Following on India lost their three top-order batsmen to reach 129/3 at stumps on the fourth day of the fourth and final Test at Kennington Oval. Sachin Tendulkar (35) and nightwatchman Amit Mishra (8) were at the crease as India still trail by 162 runs. Centurion Rahul Dravid was the hero of the day as he carried his bat through the innings after India failed to avoid the follow-on.

    10:47 pm - What a ball to get rid of VVS Laxman, the off-stump went flying. Jimmy Anderson pitches it on off-stump - which hold its line and demolishes the timber beating Laxman completely. Probably the last time we will see VVS playing for India in England.

    10:38 pm - Laxman and Tendulkar

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