The Best and Worst – An Eye on the World Cup

The Best and Worst – An Eye on the World Cup

The 2019 World Cup is about 7 months away and most teams will now be looking to fine tune their squads and make sure that they have all their bases covered. In this piece, we will look at the performance of teams from the last world cup till date (October 20, 2018), to give a sneak peak into which teams are the most prepared going into the World Cup year. The below tables list down the best and worst teams…

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Are we seeing the best of Shikhar Dhawan in ODIs?

Are we seeing the best of Shikhar Dhawan in ODIs?

While Dhawan has been consistently good Since his comeback to ODI cricket in 2013, in 2018 he seems to have got even better, so much so that he tops the charts in every batting measure available. Year Matches Bat avg SR 2013 26 50.52 97.89 2014 18 47.94 86.51 2015 20 37.25 85.43 2016 5 57.4 100.34 2017 22 48 101.37 2018 13 64.16 104.47 You can also notice in the table that his SR has been consistently improving over…

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INDIA’S UNDER PERFORMANCE IN ENGLAND

INDIA’S UNDER PERFORMANCE IN ENGLAND

India’s tour of England is done and dusted with a familiar story of defeat for India and justifications coming in from various quarters. Some quarters want the team to keep the chin up, head up inspite of the score line. From the men who matters the most, there is apt defence of everything they did, a few unlucky situations leading to the final score and some iffy situations resulting in the score line. Indian management had a clear schedule of…

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Kohli the Tinkerman?

Kohli the Tinkerman?

Virat Kohli took over as the captain of Indian Test team in December 2014. Almost 4 years later, in August 2018, for the fourth Test of the India-England Test series, Kohli announced a squad that was unchanged from the previous game. However, India lost that Test, and Kohli promptly made 2 changes for the next Test. This has been the criticism of Kohli since the start of his captaincy. It is has been well documented that for his first 38…

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CAN THE “TREVO”LUTION END WITH A FIRST WORLD CUP FOR ENGLAND?

CAN THE “TREVO”LUTION END WITH A FIRST WORLD CUP FOR ENGLAND?

England and India played a very evenly contested ODI series in the recent past. India having won the first match, could not sustain the intensity of this experienced English team and lost the series 2-1. (Should we say England were the favourites and they ought to win after seeing the table below!) These two teams have got the better win % in ODIs among all the teams with England topping the chart quite comfortably. After having an ordinary WC 2015,…

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Roaring at Home but Purring Away?

Roaring at Home but Purring Away?

In the last 10 years (since 2008), India have played 3 series in Australia, and Australia have won all three, and comprehensively. India won just 1 one of the 12 Tests played in these 3 series (Australia won 8 and there were 3 draws). In the same period, Australia toured India 4 times, and lost all 4 series, again very comprehensively, with Australia winning just 1 of the 14 Tests played (India won 10 and there were 3 draws). In…

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England’s Strategy vs Kohli and the Indian Captain’s Response

England’s Strategy vs Kohli and the Indian Captain’s Response

Kohli’s performance in the current test series would depend upon few factors: His changed stance would help him to play better on the off side than in the previous series Persistence of the English bowlers to bowl outside his off stump and test his patience His vulnerability to in-swinging deliveries Curbing his instinct to dominate the spinners   Change in Stance To his credit, since his last tour of England in 2014, Kohli has made specific corrections to his technique…

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