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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  • Wanted: Punter’s Head?

    'Every captain sooner or later reaches the end of his tether' — Peter Roebuck

    Another Ashes defeat looms large over Australia and more importantly Ricky Ponting. He seems to have lost his focus, his game, his mates and is certain to lose his captaincy after the series. The distinguish player is heading for his third Ashes defeat as captain.

    'Urn absolute disgrace'

    Ponting started the Ashes series with a score of 10 and 51 in Brisbane which ended in a draw. In Adelaide, the Australian skipper managed a duck and 9 runs which the hosts lost by an innings and 71 runs. Though Australia came back strongly in Perth to register a 267-run win, Ponting got 12 in the first innings and 1 in the second essay.

    The Boxing Day Test has been another trouble-filled game for Ponting. It started with him losing the toss; then the team was bowled out for 98 and if that was not enough, Ricky was fined 40 per cent of his match fee by ICC for a prolonged argument with Aleem Dar over a disputed referral. [An

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  • We Know What England Did ‘Last Summer’

    We are going to be focused for Durban and will go for a 2-0 win - Graeme Smith

    Scary, aye!

    But India, still licking their wounds from the Centurion drubbing, can watch a DVD of the England vs South Africa match here and say "We know what England did last summer."

    England produced a sensational innings and 98-run win over South Africa at Kingsmead in the second of the four-Test series. The series ended in a 1-1 draw with South Africa saving the series in Jo'berg.

    Attention Bhajji: Graeme Swann took nine wickets on the famed Kingsmead's fast and bouncy wicket to trigger a South African collapse and ran away with the man-of-the-match prize. My boss will say, "Why is he still talking about Harbhajan?" But the fact is that he is still there in the team and he will play. God knows why.

    Beware Durban jinx, SA!

    In March 2009, Australia achieved a series-clinching win over South Africa in Durban. The visitors thrashed the Proteas by 175 runs in the second Test to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in

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  • The Name is Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar

    There is always room for improvement. I am happy with my current performance but not satisfied. I want to get better. In fact, in any profession one must strive to get better and better. I always want to remain a student of the game because that is when you grasp more and are always keen to improve - Sachin Tendulkar

    WOW!

    I was not much of a cricket fan when the master blaster made his Test debut against Pakistan on 15 November, 1989. But now, I may perhaps stop following the sport when Sachin Tendulkar retires.

    The master batsman completes 21 years (again, 21 years) in Test cricket on November 15 and continues to inspire generations of cricketers with room for improvement on his mind. Most runs, centuries, half-centuries, fours, sixes and what not - Sachin has broken every possible record in international cricket and is still on the prowl.

    Life would be flat without dreams. It's really important to dream – and then to chase those dreams. I really believe it's this dreaming that makes

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  • Not a Kid Anymore!

    Cheteshwar Pujara showed a lot of character - Sachin Tendulkar

    The amount of confidence in Pujara's 72 runs in India's second innings at Chinnaswamy was like he has been there for a while. The debutant played shots with immense maturity on a wearing wicket - as if he had played some 20-30 Tests for India already and was feeling right at home. Laxman wouldn't mind that...

    Chasing 207 for a win on the last day, Pujara - who was sent ahead of Dravid - was fluent and shared two crucial partnerships with Vijay and Tendulkar. Dhoni and co might take all the credit for his promotion to number three, but the 22-year-old was the real turnaround for the match. Ponting and his bowlers could only watch the future of Indian batting in full bloom.

    In the first innings too, Pujara started with an awesome cover drive before a threateningly low delivery from Mitchell Johnson did him in. However in the second innings he dealt the exact one from Ben Hilfenhaus to the cover boundary - a shot that would

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  • ‘Kings’ Set For Bigger Battle

    It is a big moment. We are playing for the last time as a unit. We know some players will no longer be with us after the IPL auction. It is an emotional moment - MS Dhoni

    Indian Premier League champions - the deserving Chennai Super Kings lifted the Champions League Twenty20 trophy in Johannesburg. They clearly saved their best for the semi-finals and the finals to show who the 'King' is. Among the three IPL teams at the Champions League, Chennai with help from seniors like Fleming, Hayden, Muralitharan and Hussey continued their winning spree with Dhoni's luck getting along.

    Youngsters in the company of men grabbed almost all the prizes to be taken. Vijay took the Golden Bat for scoring most number of runs. Ashwin got the Golden Wickets for the most number of scalps and was also adjudged Man of the Series.

    I would also like to congratulate Warriors for making it to the finals and especially their skipper Davy Jacobs for his spirited leadership. The man of few and straight words went

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  • Does Aamer Have a Case For Leniency? Nah!

    In my own honest personal view, yes, I think age would come into account in these matters - Haroon Lorgat

    The above mentioned quote comes from ICC's CEO Haroon Lorgat - echoing the voice of former England captain Michael Atherton - that the 18-year-old Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamer was too young to be banned for life, if found guilty in the 'spot-fixing' scam.

    One of the brightest talents to emerge from Pakistan in the last few years, Aamer may have the case for leniency with 'tender' age on his side - but it is not the young pacer that worries cricket lovers but the tragic problem that has hit cricket.

    Cricket has been plagued by another 'fixing' controversy since South Africa captain Hansie Cronje was banned for life 10 years ago and International Cricket Council has done little, almost nothing, actually, to clean the mess.

    The ICC anti-corruption unit is not really working, that's totally to do with the ICC, so they really need to step in and really get to the bottom of it,

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  • How Good Are Our Youngsters?

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    India must also be concerned by the inconsistency of the younger players. Across professions, consistency is a direct product of work ethic. The greats were defined by their consistency because they were wedded to work ethic. No oddball gambler ever achieved greatness - Harsha Bhogle

    The just concluded tri-series in Sri Lanka seriously exposed our so-called 'Youngistan's' arrogance. Apart from Virender Sehwag, no one even bothered/was able to join the fight, forget the party. In the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan - the World Cup expectants were supposed to find their feet but sadly didn't

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  • Who Is Your Favourite Player?

    All right, the International Cricket Council has given us the opportunity, for the first time, to vote for our favourite players. India's Sachin Tendulkar, Australia's Michael Hussey, Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene, England's Andrew Strauss and South African AB de Villiers are five players selected on the basis of some innovative parameters for this year's ICC People's Choice Award.

    The parameters by which a five-member ICC selection panel included these cricketing greats for the new award included innovation, dynamism, strength in decision-making, performing well under pressure and also executing a plan to distinction.

    Sachin Tendulkar: After serving India for more than 21 years, the Master Blaster is playing some of his finest knocks to the surprise of many. Sachin Tendulkar holds almost every batting record in cricket and still is hungry for more. The Little Master, in 169 Tests, has managed 13,837 runs with 48 centuries and 56 half-centuries. In 442 One-Day Internationals, Sachin

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  • Do You Hear The Alarm Bells, BCCI?

    Injury is not an Indian phenomena, it is a world-wide thing. Yes, Indian players are over-worked as they don't get rest at all but some of them who play non-stop will need to take time off regularly to prolong their careers - Sanjay Manjrekar

    Did anybody say anything about burnout, overworked players or cramped schedules? Well, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is neither listening nor bothered until the money is coming and the sponsors remain happy. After the unwelcome result against New Zealand in the opening match of the tri-series, a concerned Indian team management decided to raise the issue to their masters on reducing the burden. With the World Cup not so far away and Champions League, Australia in India, New Zealand in India and India in South Africa in the middle, the workload issue needs to be carefully deliberated.

    One may argue about these chosen ones being professionals and all that, but you cannot discount that fact that they are only human beings and need

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  • The Very Very Special Laxman

    Initially, it was tough to play with that feeling of insecurity. It's unfortunate. Sometimes, I think of how many runs I would probably have scored if had been given a free hand. But after 4-5 years of international cricket, I started dealing with it much better and now these things don't bother me - VVS Laxman

    Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman has been the main pillar of Indian cricket's 'fab four'. Doesn't it feel hard to imagine an Indian camp without Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS? We are still searching for 'the one' to fill in Sourav Ganguly's shoes since his retirement in October 2008.

    Last week my colleague Anirban Choudhury in his piece, For the Love of Dravid, poured his love about a few men in Indian team we hate to see fall. I could not agree to the fact less. VVS is one name frequently undermined and constantly under unsuitable pressure of proving himself over and over again. But you know what, he loves being in those situation - more importantly excels and forces

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