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Test Championship may cause disharmony

17 Aug

Have you enjoyed dethrone ceremony of Australia’s legacy?

Have you enjoyed dethrone ceremony of India’s Number 1 position?

Have you enjoyed England being number 1 test side at the moment?

Are you eagerly waiting for certain team who will dethrone England in few months? Aka South Africa?

Are you eagerly waiting for Australia 2.0?

Are you eagerly waiting for India Fightback to top 2.0?

Are you waiting for a massive upset coming by Pakistan, West Indies and surprise surprise Zimbabwe, who may dislodge bails of Top Test Team?

Are you optimistic about Sri Lanka the Test team post-murali?

If the answers for above questions are yes.

Then, where does Test Championship fit in?

ICC is planning to replace ca$h cow tournament ICC champions trophy (ODI series) with ICC Test Championship.

Are they doing this because they want to ‘save’ test cricket? No.

ICC Test championship is nothing more than making more Ca$h. I can say, It is basically another ICC World Cup or another T20 Domestic Tournament (IPL, FT20, Big Bash, etc.)

There is no difference between them. Here, ICC (mainly) and respective boards, who take part will make money, whereas, in T20 Toruny, hosting board and player’s board make money.

There is no early intention reveled by ICC that what are they planning to achieve here. I bet they will be happy if only ICC Test Championship go on and no bilateral team touring series in future. If that happens, say goodbye to traditional bilateral test series.

I am not sure if I would like that, because on one hand I can’t wait for revenge test series against England when India host them, on other hand, I am still sulking about Zak’s terrible fitness, and amount of tests India will play on top of IPL and Zillion ODIs.

Schedule is quite hefty for Indian players. As much as I like player to be fresh for IPL or ODI world cup that much I want my players to be fresh for Test Tournaments. So, I am not sure what is the ICC and other boards’ plan is.

What I can assume from FTP, that ICC’s plan is to just add another Test championship on top of hefty schedule, just like how they added T20 World Cup. (thanks to India, who won the first WC, against epic contender Pakistan)

(It’s ridiculous that IPL has gotten this much of scrutiny and people have started to think IPL = T20 cricket, and ignored FT20, ICC T20 World Cup, T20 Tourny in Pakistan, T20 Tourny in SA etc etc.)

So, Why would Test Championship may cause disharmony? I mean first thing first, if tournament is won by number 4 ranked test team, it just totally disturbs the team that is at the top of ICC ranking. Now, many people argue that ICC Ranking doesn’t make sense. Well, I don’t want to go in detail, but it is applied on all teams.

Another thing may happen that it will start to devalue or belittle or cause buffering in Bilateral Test Series.

Just like how media and many fans massively value Ashes (Australia vs England), people will start to value Test Championship so much that they will stop carrying about bilateral test series. What do you think will happen to tournament between not so strong test sides?

Now, fan like me will watch any kind of cricket, whatever is on!  What about the fan wanted more of test tournament between particular nations? Now, tournament will go on, as per FTP, but what if players start preferring Test Championship more and don’t play or rest for normal bilateral tourny? What will we do then?

Let’s say they have no choice but to play then what about freshness of players for bilateral test tourny compare to Test Championship?

I expect disharmony is just waiting to happen. Either players will not be fresh or will break down for particular tournament due to load of tests. Also, bantering and preference of particular Test Tournament will always be there.

Imagine the scenario E.g. England who are at the top of ranking, losing to India, but media/fans will say, well, we are still at the top, no?

or another scenario, SA is at the top of ranking, but Australia beats them fair and square in one test ergo winning the semi-final but losing to India in the final, which team is the best test team then?!

It will be interesting to see how ICC, Media and Fans will give importance to test championship before or after the winner of the first test championship.

For me, test championship is nothing but to make more money but not to save test cricket, just like ICC T20 World Cup.

How India can turn it around!

8 Aug

Have you read enough of filth and blaming game in media? I am sure you have and must have felt very sad if you were Indian fan but would have felt very excited to see England doing well, if you were supporting England. 

Don’t hyperventilate yet. 

It’s not over yet. 

Final ‘Bhramastra’ ( a weapon in Hinduism mythology, that can’t be stopped before eliminating the target) has arrived. 

There is not one ‘Bhramastra’. In fact, there are 2. 

Names are Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag. 

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=1;id=2010;type=year

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=1;id=2009;type=year

Both averages very high in 2 consecutive years. 

If you have been following test cricket, it is not surprise that they have been very vital part of India’s success, in either saving or winning tests. High averages being opener means strong partnerships for long … long time.  

India has lost one ‘Bhramastra’ (Zaheer Khan) but gained 2 more. So, 2-1 = 1. 

Another Bhramastra lies under belly of Sreesanth and Praveen Kumar. 

You see both worked at certain point, but due to high gas prices, they could not reach destination. They could not reach to main ‘Mother’ where evil continued to reproduce and took over by attacking back. 

You see in Lords test, 2 wickets fell in tandem on first day. Then, suddenly due to bad quality of Oil, machine of Bhramastra couldn’t kill the core of evil. Evil got away. Rain helped them. Next day, ‘Maha Evil’ – KP that is. Gained power from sunlight and conquered against India. Again, semi-Bhramastra, Ishant that is .. destroyed half of the ‘sena’ (troops) and then stopped right in between. Why? Same problem, high gas prices. 

You see Bhramastra need better gasoline. And enough of it so it reaches the target.

At Trent Bridge, Bhramastras worked beautifully on first day. It was all good, people were enjoying and all. But you see this time ‘Batting’ Bhramastras were missing. There was no bunker … not much of partnerships. 

You can’t expect ‘Mukunda’ to become Bhramastra right away.

So, this is how India can win now.

Strategy side number 1

GG, VS, RSD, SRT, VVS, Mukund, Raina, MSD, PK, Ishant, Sree

If there is Green Wicket, this is very ideal side. India didn’t need 4th bowler to all out England cheaply, in good bowling condition. 

You must have noticed one amazing thing inside. First 5 batmen are the best bat, and they have been doing so well with this batting.  order. 

Strategy Side Number 2

GG, VS, RSD, SRT, VVS, Raina, MSD, PK, Ishant, Sree, Munna

You see there is massive addition there. I am sure first 5 will be feeling very comfortable batting at their position, and they promise to produce at least 2 decent partnership. Add Munna, the 4th seamer. This become very attacking combo. Non-Tired pacer bowling in short spell, Zoom … Zoom. India lost 2 match, and they surely will be looking to turn it around, then this is the combo they should be looking for esp. for Edgebaston. 

Strategy Side number 3 

GG, VS, RSD, SRT, VVS, Raina, MSD, PK, Ishant, Sree, Ojha

Now, you see England have two batsmen who fancy showing their middle and leg stump. KP and Trott. If they continue to do that, then they should be Bunny of this guy, Ojha. Left armer who can pitch out side of leg and still trouble both of them. Also, for left handers if Ojha manages to rip the ball harder, he can get lots of LBWs against left handers, Strauss, Cook, Broad, Jimmy … 

Strategy Side number 4 

GG, VS, RSD, SRT, VVS, MSD, Mishra, PK, Ishant, Sree, Munna

GG, VS, RSD, SRT, VVS, MSD, Mishra, PK, Ishant, Sree, Ojha

Now these two are fantasies. But you know what, it is possible. MSD can call for this, and get lots of stick but IF even 3 out of 5 can pull of then England can lose both tests in 4 days. It’s totally possible. All they need to do is burst in. Rush in. Attack with all guns fully loaded. If Raina will have trouble scoring runs, why not have a bowler who can bat a bit, and take wickets (less runs) and score as much as Raina. This shouldn’t be called as a bad call. Imagine the addition of another bowler Munna or Ojha, they will take wickets and less runs as well. 

You MUST back your team. You MUST trust in team. Any strategical team from above I mentioned will test England depth. Heck, they DID test their depth even with 3-4 regular guys down. 

Yes, England played good, but they didn’t played the best. They had to bat twice in both tests. Then, how can you act like ‘OMG this is big setback for team’ ‘What’s now?’ 

Please stop. England is very good side in their backyard so is India. 

Must Believe in ‘Bhramastras’ 

India can turn it around and it can happen. Don’t be surprised if they do. This is very resilient side. 

Watch out England … here comes the India. 

Watch your back. 

England was good but also very lucky

25 Jul

1) India started with Viru-less side.

2) 13.3 Zak was out of the match, the same Zak, who can dominate England in England, the best flat pitch bowler at the moment. 

3) KP survives PK’s spell. If you watch highlight and count how many times KP ‘just’ misses out edges, you will forget SRT’s scratchy 2nd inning for a while. 

4) KP was dropped at 67.2, he was at 49. He ended up scoring 202* match winning knock. 

5) Trott was also dropped when he was at 17 and 32. 

6) In 2nd inning, Ishant produced magic spell, Enter Prior, faced only 3 balls from Ishant before going to Lunch. This, I think, was the turning point point of match. Ishant is kind of bowler, who starts landing ball perfectly, you don’t want to break his rhythm. His whole career is like this. Believe it or not, this has been the case with Zaheer Khan as well. Once they are in the ‘Zone’, they have to bowl for decent amount of time. This is the beauty of the test match. Mind set, Trapping tactics, Timing, environment have to be just right to produce magic match winning spell. Once that is lost or batsman survives that, it can cost a game. And that is what happened. Despite no Zak, Ishant DID produce match winning spell, but unfortunately, it was just half way. 

7) Gambhir not opening, SRT couldn’t come on due to Viral infection. Speaking of viral infection. It’s the worst thing to have, being sportsman. Your body aches really bad. It is basically your normal Flu. I am sure you must have experienced that at some point in your life. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting any runs from SRT. 

8) Broad LBW was denied, by Asad Rauf in 2nd inning, only a bad call by him, but vital one. 

So, basically, despite a main strike bowler down, this test match had enough elements, which kept it alive till last day. Now, you must be thinking, I am making excuses and it is unfair for England players. No, don’t think that way. I don’t want to take away any credit from brilliant resilient performance by KP and Prior with the bat and one of the best bowling spell by Stuart Broad, even after under so much pressure he was in. But, let’s not forget, England bowlers in England are very good as expected. 

Taking out Zaheer from team is like taking Jimmy from England (who took 7 wickets, highest, tied with Broad in this match) or like taking out Steyn from SA in England. 

1) The way PK was bowling under overcast condition and imagine Zak bowling with him (he almost got Trott’s wicket, remember?) 

2) The way Ishant bowled amazing spell in 2nd inning and now imagine Zak bowling with him, with same intensity. 

Ishant is not a swing bowler, he is a seamer. So he has to get both ‘just’ right: line and length. So, he has to stay in rhythm. 

PK is a swing bowler, so it’s all about getting proper length right and expect it will swing ‘just’ right from there acc. to speed/condition.

Zak can do both. He can seam and swing and little bit of both together. Imagine losing bowler like this at ‘right’ time. 

Bhaj. DID provide much needed breakthrough taking out Strauss (left handed) but if you have seen how England has used Tremlett, Andersen and Broad, they kind of complemented each other. Helped each other. e.g – CT troubled SRT a lot in 1st inning, but Broad was rewarded wicket, playing full out swinging bowl, in attempt of breaking shackle. England didn’t use Swann to put pressure on India, though he bowled well. It looked like they had to bowl him for speeding up overrates. 

Whole plan was messed up as soon as Zak was gone. How much can you expect from tired PK and Ishant? 

So, what is the conclusion? 

If I was England’s thinking tank, I would be worried about imminent threat of collapsing at any moment of the match. India will come back hard, not with just bowling, assuming Zak/Sree will play, but more importantly with batting. 

India was on back foot before stepping on the ground for 2000th test, having no Viru, but they went even few step further losing Zak bowling just 13.3 overs. 

With only 2 pace bowlers + Spinner on flat track for these many overs and still India manages to create ‘chance’ for wining test at some point should be England’s worry. 

Watch out England, India will most likely make a come back.

Watch your back, don’t close your eyes, it’s far from being over! 

P.S. : It was really good test match, very entertaining. 

Podcast: India Vs England Preview

12 Jul

I am sorry for sounding boring, as I was lying (not laying) down while recording, I didn’t mean too 😦  

P.S. : When I say ‘dominating’ (I said it like Zillion times), what I meant was ‘attacking’.  

Englund on verge of KLPD, will they avoid it!?

12 Mar

I know, I know what you are thinking, a team that lost against Bangladesh and Ireland, with one of the worst bowling Average of the tournament. With Matt Prior. With injury hit side, KP, some people think it’s good injury. With team, whose best bowler is Tim Bresnan!!

Why do they deserve to get qualified!!

I mean think about it.

England were literally considered as almost minnows in ODI, yes, their bowlers have terrible record in one day cricket.

Do they have history in World Cup … well, they don’t, they never won World Cup. Had Good side till late 80’s and early 90’s.

Then, nothing really.

Even their fans know they don’t stand chance winning any kind of ODI world cup. Ever.

In fact, Not really, their fans do rise up, they secretly hide behind the teeennyyy Tiny ashes trophy and they sneak pick to watch their team play. They do support them, quietly, they do trend their players on Twitter, quietly, they do write blogs, quietly, they do invisibly change their Display Pic on Twitter to support them, quietly.

What is the definition of Quietly listed above.

Quietly: “We do care about world cup, we do want our side to win, but if they don’t do well, who cares we actually don’t about the world cup, after all, it’s in subcontinent, we were mentally fatigued, we had stomach flu, it was dew, lots of dew, Broad, yes Broad, His aggression was missing, KP, yes there is no more KP anymore, Ashes fatigue!! + Ashes Mental Fatigue, Swann is still the best spinner in the world, but you know the dew affected him, oohohoh the Flat pitches, how can you win WC in Flat pitches, there was not enough balance for Bat and Ball…. “

STOP

Don’t

Please stop right there, and think about what your team has done. Think about what kind of Cricket your team has provided.

1st Match: The Match that went to almost last over, well, against side that is the weakest in Group B.

2nd Match: The Official Opening of World Cup – A Draw with India

3rd Match: Lose against Strongest of Minnows – Ireland. Gave Recognition to KOB.

4th Match: Epic comeback win against, the “so called complete strongest and most Athletic side of Tournament” – South Africa *cough*

5th Match: Lose against the Bangladesh, another Epic Match. Gave little bit of breathing space to Bangla.

and it’s coming down to last match.

After producing 4 Epic Matches of the tournament, (I reckon wicket or two would have made 5/5 Epic matches),  AND still England have to win last one to qualify.

After going through these much,

no matter how terrible your excuses are… If England still don’t qualify.

Then, I say it will be the Biggest KLPD of the Tournament.

It wouldn’t have been called KLPD of World Cup, before World Cup has started, but it will be after seeing what kind of Matches England was involved in.

I mean one after another BooM BooM BAm!!

What is KLPD = Khade Lund Pe Dhoka (Hindi) means Your erected Penis don’t get to Fuck

Your fan’s genitals are erected, Your players genitals,… well, I bet they are banned by Andy Flower and don’t get to have sex .. but still think about Cricket-Sex of QF. Bed has been prepared. Now, what if you don’t get to fuck in QF !!. That would be shame

and for me

“The Biggest KLPD of the World Cup”