• England were deplorable in India and while it had been apparent in England that they would struggle here, the capitulation came as a surprise. I had expected better only because I rate this England side, but to be honest I felt let down by a couple of things.

    One was the disinclination to use their feet and hit the ball in the gaps. While much has been talked about the need to clear the boundaries on the sub-continent, much of it valid, there is also a great need to rotate the strike. England's DNA has always been to sweep and it is a dangerous shot in India if you don’t sweep for length. Their batting coach Graham Gooch and their coach Andy Flower were extraordinary players of the shot but that doesn’t mean everyone can do it as well.

    The other aspect I was disappointed by was the assumption that a verbal confrontation can upset a player. It is one of the more disagreeable aspects of our game, which, at its best, is a contest between bat and ball across different conditions. Teams

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  • (Playing with the reigning Ranji champions Rajasthan, Aakash Chopra
    will share his experiences on the circuit in a series of posts,
    exclusively on Yahoo! Cricket. This post is the fourth in the series.)

     

    Last year, around this time, as teams in the elite and plate divisions of the first-class circuit primed for another season of top-quality cricket, we, team no. 27 - Rajasthan, last in the tally, only hoped to survive the onslaught. Winning the highest honor - The Ranji Trophy, was a preposterous contemplation, what was realistic was to play smart, if not better than the opposition, and sneak our way to the Elite group. Past the league phase, and once among the Elite teams, each game became a bonus. The final race ought to be between the big guns, it always had been.

     

    What were the chances of Rajasthan winning the title then? I’d say one in a million. Success stories though are scripted differently. After months of hard labor, Rajasthan lifted the trophy that had eluded them for

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  •  

    Jacques Kallis's
    54 against Australia in the Durban ODI against Australia was his 84th
    in ODIs.

     

    He moved to
    the second place in the list of batsmen with most half centuries in ODIs. Sachin
    Tendulkar occupies the first place with 95. Kallis overtook R Dravid and
    Inzamam-ul-Haq.

     

    The top 5:

     

    No

    Player

    Team

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    F

    1

    SR Tendulkar

    Ind

    453

    442

    41

    18111

    200*

    45.16

    95

    2

    JH Kallis

    RSA

    317

    303

    53

    11372

    139

    45.48

    84

    3

    R Dravid

    Ind

    344

    318

    40

    10889

    153

    39.16

    83

    4

    Inzamam-ul-Haq

    Pak

    378

    350

    53

    11739

    137*

    39.52

    83

    5

    RT Ponting

    Aus

    370

    360

    39

    13686

    164

    42.63

    82

     

    The break-up of Kallis's 84 half
    centuries:

     

    Opposition

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    50

    Asia XI

    2

    2

    0

    8

    4

    4.00

    0

    Australia

    50

    50

    2

    1660

    104*

    34.58

    13

    Bangladesh

    7

    6

    1

    287

    69

    57.40

    2

    Canada

    1

    1

    0

    1

    1

    1.00

    0

    England

    38

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