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We never got to see the infamous Mumbai wicket come into action.

But then again, India had no Murali Kartik to do the part.

What do you make of this series?

Australia survive Indian tailenders, India blasts Australia, Dhoni and Yuvraj go back to 2005, India let their overconfidence do them in, Australia survive Sachin and 10 others faceless cricketers, India fail to survive a 8 30 start

Sure their were a couple of huge scores and one excellent match along with one Watson induced excellent match, but this series was too how should I say it? Nice?

When I heard Ponting complaining about the net services provided to him in the beginning I was rubbing my hands in glee waiting for it to blow up but nothing happened.

Dhoni’s too nice to say stuff, Praveen Kumar didn’t beat anyone up, and Harbhajan didn’t call himself the best batsmen in the world, Ricky’s become a model student, Yuvraj just seems to put on weight all the time, there was no Clarke around to charge Katich up, and I can’t even remember the other Australian cricketers. Screw them and their injury policy.

Now the only one who added spice was Siddle, spicy Siddle. I swear I saw smoke out of his nostrils once. He broke down too, what a pity.

Australia wanted to win, and they won. India did not like the 8 30 start so they were ultimately shit.

What is with a 4-2 scorline between these two sides. Do they like promoting a six match series or is it something deeper?

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And threw him out like a piece of chewed up gum. Exactly the way it should be.

Shane Watson deserves no better anyway.

I want the whole world to realize the worthlessness of Shane Watson.

Harbhajan did his crazy best but India were never in it. The fact that they got 4 runs close is a pointer to how he played. And Kumar. Not to forget Praveen.  Some of the shots were pure class. And the others were pure slaps. It all came so good for those 8 odd overs.

Why did Lee not bowl?

Is he injured or was Ponting preserving him already?

Or maybe it’s the over rates again and Watson goes through his overs faster. Nagpur anyone?

Dear Rahul,

You did your role in Sri Lanka and South Africa, but because we feel that we don’t make enough stupid decisions, we have decided to drop you from the series against Australia. We have a point too, what if you make good runs against them? How will we justify our dropping you then?

See, we want you to play in tough conditions where the pitches are slow, chasing is impossible or the other extreme, where the bounce is enough to make some of your team-mates whine. It’s easy to drop you then, you see.

We regret to inform you that we have completely decided to ignore the fact that you top scored against Pakistan. Instead that is our crux in blaming you that you couldn’t take us across the finishing line. You should have done it, not the horde of finishers we have in the Dhoni, Raina, Yusuf and Kohli. They are all young, how will they learn. You on the other hand are not. It’s the sad truth my friend. Our selections aren’t based on performances, only on age. Except Sachin, you know, because he’s Sachin.

If its any consolation, you’ll be the first name down in the book if we tour South Africa or New Zealand circa 2002. Because like we said, we love having a reason to drop you.

With best wishes,

Kris Srikkanth and his merry band of nitwits

P.S: Just to make you feel better, we have also sacked Venki and Robin, you guys played together a lot, maybe you can talk to them?

So I conveniently disappeared after wishing New Zealand into the finals of the Champions Trophy.

I know the Australians looked strapping in their uber-cool white jackets, and I know I couldn’t bother to give credit to them for defending their title. Sorry guys, if you hadn’t won so much in the first place, I wouldn’t be like this.

I know the Australians won it, but if you ask me this was Pakistan’s tournament for the taking. Over-confidence did them in. But that’s what the tournament was. Except for the finals probably, most of the results were complete reversals of the expected. England beat the Lankans and the Saffers. Are you telling me someone expected that?

That whole match-fixing fiasco in Pakistan is a disgrace. Come on, it’s one thing blaming India for everything wrong, but paying off Australian umpires is ridiculous.

So the world has moved from South Africa to India, to the Champions (again) League.

Originality is not the strong point it seems in the cricketing market-minds.

It’s so hard that writing “Champions League live streaming” gets me flooded with football links. Come on guys, it’s hard enough finding a link in any case.

Anyway in the Champions League, JP Duminy was so damn awesome yesterday. It was breathless stuff. I just saw the highlights. I can’t really bother trying hard enough to watch each of these gazzilion matches coming up. So I’m going to let the others get excited and catch the good bits on highlights.

Hope the League throws up a lot of excitement. Not like today’s Delhi and Victoria, when I was really hoping Sehwag would blast his way back.

In keeping up the pace with this magnificent tournament, an Australian collapse would have been the icing on an already very tasty looking cake.

Which is why what Hauritz and Lee did was wrong, plain wrong. They came in the way of a collapse against the world’s most collapsible team. Causing and demonstrating collapses is Pakistan’s thing. When they fall short of collapsing, the viewer feels robbed. Like we all were today. A one run victory would have made everything so spicy. Imagine the tension a little bit away if the Indians had to make that target in about 28 overs.

All the Indians would say how it’s all because India were the number 1 team in ODI’s. Everyone in Pakistan would say it’s only because we love playing India in the finals. Every Australian would hate the Poms. Don’t ask me why, why do we all dislike their cricket. West Indies would probably have caused the upset that they have so threatened to cause till then. South Africans would laugh at Australia, saying no one chokes better than us.

Ah Pakistan, I know you’re moving away to a world where you play better cricket. No collapses for us to see then?

We have the most interesting Champion’s trophy going on in years and I’m having to hop one flight from another.

The only match I caught till now properly was the India-Pak and what a match. That was one hell of a classic.

England has shocked everyone, themselves included. How were they the first team to reach the semi’s? Are we living in a parallel universe where England plays decent one-day cricket. Have they got aliens playing for them? Or just the Irish?

Pakistan seem to be winning everything while giving free hits wrapped in wrapping paper.

Australia seem to have a rather mediocre team and still are just one point from a semi’s place.

India seemed to have the match against Pakistan in the bag when they decided to give a return gift for all the free hits.

Sri Lanka blew hot and I loved them for it. And then they blew so cold I couldn’t believe they were the same team.

New Zealand thought they could make the Group B more interesting by beating the Lankans and promptly did so. And injured Jesse in the process.

The West Indies are brilliant. That’s all. Please don’t look at their batting. They probably have the most exciting pace attack next to Pakistan. And they don’t give too many free hits either. Except to Mitchell.

And South Africa.. what have you done? Did I hear it correctly? No semi-finals? Again? When it was your time. Everyone said so. And I believed it this time.

I really hope I’m able to catch the semis and the final. It’s going to be one hell of a finish as long as the weather keeps true. Come on SA, please ensure that now.

“If you want sex but do not have someone to share it with, one option is to go solo whilst imagining you have a partner or a few partners who are as beautiful as you wish to imagine. No pillow talk and no hugging required … Just roll over and go to sleep.”

All from that by-now-famous-leaked dossier of Gary Kirsten’s.

At least the dossier’s frank about it. Going solo is as frank as it gets.

Mike Hussey needs to be taught about going solo :

“I have been away from home for four months so I reckon I’ve forgotten how to do it”

Achettup seems to have worked out Yuvraj’s injury at least.

Anyone venturing for Gambhir’s groin?

The Indians seem to be in the middle of an injury crisis.

Losing Sehwag obviously hurt, losing Yuvraj so close to the tournament hurts even more I bet.

This should completely turn over all the strategies Dhoni might have come up with till now.

Of course, Dhoni has generally been at his best when hopes have been low. So, while chances of India going too much ahead in the tournament seem to be really receding what with the terrible fielding and mediocre bowling, watch out for that magical wand of Dhoni’s. And what Tendulkar calls his bat :p

I saw Pakistan’s bowling today, and if that Centurion pitch on Saturday has something in it for the seamers, India should really not take Pakistan lightly. That kid Aamer was absolutely fantastic, it actually felt like watching Akram in his prime. Forget that it was against the West Indies, this was high quality stuff.

It seems to be that age-old theory true again : India’s batting against the Pakistan bowling.

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