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Dhoni much more than dot balls, fours and sixes

Dhoni much more than dot balls, fours and sixes

Ever since chairman of national cricket selectors Mannava Sri Kanth Prasad said a year and half ago that his committee will start looking at alternatives to Mahendra Singh Dhoni only if the former captain fails to perform, both have been constantly under the scrutiny of the twitterati. Former playe...

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India first team from subcontinent to create history Down Under

India first team from subcontinent to create history Down Under

India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have all won the World Cup yet they have not won a bilateral Test series in Australia. India became the first team from the subcontinent to create history and it took 71 years for them to win a series Down Under. Over the years, India and Pakistan have won Tests ...

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India in Australia: Desperate times call for desperate measures

India in Australia: Desperate times call for desperate measures

India have announced their playing eleven for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and on paper the team looks better balanced than the sides that won in Adelaide and lost in Perth to be 1-1 in the four-Test series. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Seldom has one seen both the opening ba...

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Whom to drop for Mayank Agarwal - KL Rahul or Murali Vijay?

Whom to drop for Mayank Agarwal - KL Rahul or Murali Vijay?

Ahead of the Boxing Day Test here, festivities began on Sunday. Combined with Christmas celebrations, it is a gala time in Melbourne, especially for the Indian community for they get a chance to be up and close with their cricketing stars. At the Sunday festival on the lawns of MCG then, the India...

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Can Team India bet on chinaman Kuldeep Yadav for Melbourne Test?

Can Team India bet on chinaman Kuldeep Yadav for Melbourne Test?

India's top two spinners - Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, are racing against time to be fit for the third Test against Australia at the MCG. If the two do not regain full fitness and are forced to miss the Test, will chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav get a chance to bamboozle the Aussie batsme...

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Year-ender: Top 8 sporting controversies of 2018

Year-ender: Top 8 sporting controversies of 2018

​Virat Kohli’s Bharat Chhodo abhiyaan On his 30th birthday, Kohli decided to launch his mobile app and during that read out a Tweet… Over-rated batsman, I personally have seen nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indian. After that he went O...

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Perth Test: Virat Kohli will get to do what not many Indian captains have done before

Perth Test: Virat Kohli will get to do what not many Indian captains have done before

What is the common thread between the 2018 South Africa-India Test at Johannesburg, and the 2012 Australia-India at Perth? These are the only two instances in their Test history wherein India took the field without a full-time spinner in their playing eleven. We could be in for a third instance on...

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Bowlers gave India something they never tasted Down Under

Bowlers gave India something they never tasted Down Under

India have done it, at last, winning the first Test of a series in Australia. It took 70 long years, starting from their inaugural Test two months after the country attained independence. The victory at the Adelaide Oval on Monday is only India's sixth Down Under and the sweetest as it was h...

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Cheteshwar Pujara shows India how to bat in Australia

Cheteshwar Pujara shows India how to bat in Australia

In nine overseas Tests in 2018, there was one particular instance wherein Cheteshwar Pujara wasn’t picked in the playing eleven. That was in Birmingham, the first Test in England, wherein Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he had a gut feeling about the top-order of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and KL ...

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India in Australia: Which bowling attack will come out on top?

India in Australia: Which bowling attack will come out on top?

This is the best pace attack to ever come out of India. How many times have we heard this sentence in 2018? It was first mentioned on a couple of occasions in South Africa, particularly in the aftermath of an epic victory in Johannesburg where the Indian pacers gave the Proteas a taste of their own...

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