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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  • The Enemy Camp: Of India’s agony and a relieved Cook

    (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.)

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    Unbeaten Alastair Cook (182) added to India's misery as England batsmen piled 456 for three on the second day of the third Test against poor/listless/weary-looking India at Edgbaston. Cook, with his 19th century, moved ahead of David Gower, Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen in the list of Test centurions. With three more days to go, England are in complete control of the third Test and a win here will not only give them an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the four-Test series but will also replace India as No.1 team.

    Vic Marks of The Guardian sums it up with 'Nowadays a Cook century is never a surprise.'

    But there are signs of evolution in Cook's batting. Increasingly he cracks the ball through extra-cover, hitherto a bit of a no-go area. Off the back foot he hits in that direction with surprising power and a vertical bat. Moreover the cover

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  • The Enemy Camp: England run riot at Edgbaston

    (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.)

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    Seamers Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan took four wickets each as India continued with their struggle against England in the Test series. Skipper MS Dhoni rescued India from the depths of 111 for seven to 224 in 62.2 overs. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook took England to 84 without loss in reply to India's modest first innings 224, a deficit of 140 runs, at Edgbaston. Perfect day for England cricket team as police across the country prepared for a fifth successive night of rioting.

    Simon Hughes says the Indian batsmen played like men expecting to fail. Excerpts from his column in The Daily Telegraph -

    England bowl to carefully laid plans. They bowl in partnerships. All teams attempt to do this, of course. It is just that this England are exceptional at sticking to the programme devised for them by their bowling coach David Saker.

    They

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  • India, England set for third Test despite riots

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    Sachin Tendulkar during a nets session at Edgbaston. (Getty Images)

    Players from both sides mostly opted to remain in their hotels as rioting and looting spread across and beyond London. England football friendly against Netherlands fell victim to UK riots but an ECB spokesman insisted the third Test at Edgbaston will go ahead as planned.

    The third Test in Birmingham will be the subject of a police assessment to ensure resources will not be overstretched and they can police the game safely.

    "This is pertaining to the situation in Birmingham. All the members of the Indian touring squad are safe and accounted for. The team management is keeping a close watch on the situation," Cricinfo quoted Indian team manager Anirudh Chaudhary.

    Here's the list of sporting events affected by rioting in UK.

    Meanwhile Daily Mail reported Chris Tremlett is out of the third Test after failing to recover from a back injury.

    They have just locked our hotel in Birmingham Riots just started here. Insane!,

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  • The Enemy Camp: Dhoni and co win hearts at Trent Bridge

    (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.)

    Cricket has always known to be a gentleman's game and keeping the spirit of the game Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni recalled Ian Bell - who was controversially run out off the final ball before tea for 137 during the second Test at Trent Bridge. Bell's 15th Test hundred guided England back into a position of strength in the match after being bowled out for 221 in the first innings. The day was filled with all kind of drama...let's have a look what British press had to say about the eventful day...

    Jonathan Agnew of BBC feels England batsman Ian Bell was lucky India changed their review.

    I don't think India were to blame for taking the bails off and I don't think Kumar was to blame, because he thought it was four runs. If anyone was at fault it was Bell and the people that must take all the credit are the Indian team.

    Cricket does

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  • The Enemy Camp: The day of drama at Trent Bridge

    (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.)

    Stuart Broad inspired England with his first-ever hat-trick after Rahul Dravid's 34th hundred as India were bowled out for 288 in their first innings on Day 2 of Trent Bridge Test. Dravid equalled the record of fellow India great Sunil Gavaskar and his second in as many matches after his 103 not out at Lord's. All-rounder Broad, who rescued England in their first innings with 64 from 66 balls, took five wickets for no runs in 15 balls to finish with a Test best of six for 46 from 24.1 overs.

    Paul Weaver in his piece England's Stuart Broad begins to live up to his promise against India for The Guardian explains how the pacers' dramatic intervention rocked India at Trent Bridge.

    When Broad, early in his England career, was likened to Sir Garfield Sobers by Geoff Boycott, eyebrows were raised. And they have remained raised ever since. But

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  • The Enemy Camp: Swing in the tale

    (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.)

    Indian seamers had reduced England to 124 for eight at tea on the first day of the second Test at Trent Bridge when Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann came out and showed they can bat a bit. England's top scorer Broad (64) and Swann (28) added 73 runs for the 9th wicket as India look to level the four-match series at 1-1 after losing the first Test at Lord's by 196 runs. Sreesanth, Ishant and Praveen Kumar ripped through England line-up in the seam-friendly conditions to hand India initiative on the opening day of the second Test.

    Vic Marks explains how Trent Bridge got the reputation for being a haven for swing bowlers and how Sreesanth, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma merrily went about their business in this piece for The Guardian.

    This is what we have come to expect here. The ball keeps swinging; the pitch is hard and has sufficient

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  • India superior to England: Borde

    Former cricketer Chandu Borde, who played 55 Tests between 1958 and 1969, feels Indian batting, bowling and fielding is superior in comparison to the English team and backs the MS Dhoni-led team to come out on top in the upcoming four-match Test series.

    In 2007, you were suddenly faced by the huge task of managing the Indian team. Were there any apprehensions about accepting the responsibility?


    (Laughs) Frankly I like challenges. See I am a practical person and not a theoretician. I was not acting as a coach to them...instead I helped the players with few tips. Being a senior cricketer, who had played for the country before, they respected me and implemented those ideas to good effect.


    We won the Test series in England 1-0 then; do you think India can better the result this time around?


    We have a better team now and I am very impressed with our pace bowlers this time around. Zaheer Khan is one of the best left-arm bowlers in the world at the moment; Ishant Sharma has got his confidence

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  • How To Lose A Test Match, West Indies Style

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    Darren Sammy: Wearing boots too big for him?

    First, their ego problems kept the in-form Chris Gayle out of the team. Then, they tried to beat the No. 1 Test team with three-and-a-half bowler — the half being captain Darren Sammy himself. Had situations in Caribbean cricket not been so contrived, Sammy would struggle to break into the team, forget leading it. Having to keep out express pacer Kemar Roach for his captain will haunt coach Ottis Gibson till he finds the cure to quieten the frustrated voices of Caribbean fans.

    "Our history has been built on fast bowling but we do not have the kind of fast bowlers that we had in the past. Therefore we have to find the right combination," Gibson clarified when asked if the West Indies skipper deserved a place in the team. It's unfair on Sammy. He wants to win. But he doesn't know how to. He's earnest, gives it his all, and takes questions about his inadequacies head-on. "My family sends up prayers and the blessings come down," he says. "The

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  • Ashwin breathing down Bhajji’s neck

    There have been a handful of players who have been able to get their way with selections for the Indian cricket team despite lacklustre performances. Harbhajan Singh for one doesn't face any threat of losing his place in the side until our selectors overrule themselves and give Ravichandran Ashwin - a move which is more likely to pay-off given his aggressive mindset - an opportunity in the national team. The recent performance of both these bowlers, during the World Cup and Indian Premier League, is something that breeds a healthy debate between the two. The cracks are more visible than ever in Bhajji's limited stocks while Ashwin, with his exceptional abilities and confidence, provides exactly the change needed.

     

     

    Both the off-spinners back themselves bowling in the powerplays or at the death, and they also have the guts to toss the ball up against the likes of Chris Gayle or Virender Sehwag. However when it comes to playing for the national team, one enjoys tremendous backing of

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  • They came, saw and won the Cup

    The feeling hasn't sunk in just yet...

     

    Yuvraj's arms were spread wide before skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni clouted that six which had 'India are the World Cup champions' written all over it. The whole nation erupted, some emotional and some over the moon. Social networking sites connected many together on Saturday night as Team India gifted them with a feeling which even Sachin couldn't describe. My colleague Princy James wrote with a disclaimer "this euphoric feeling is crazy. If someone says I love you, I might reply back love you too dude!" Nice aye...

     

    After Sehwag and Sachin got out, I thought 275 would need some serious chasing and then I saw Rajinikanth.

     

    The 28-year long wait was over and like they had promised earlier, Indian players gifted Sachin Tendulkar the World Cup he had been chasing for 21 years. They carried him high on their shoulders - with crowd going wild in excitement at Wankhede. Youngster Virat Kohli, one of the players carrying Sachin said, "he has carried

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