No other team matches India’s awesome home record

No other team matches India’s awesome home record

Partab Ramchand Updated: 4 October, 2019, 11:25 AM IST

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Any team is particularly difficult to beat in their own backyard but India’s home record is awesome. However indifferent their away record is – and even here there has been improvement in recent years – at home they are virtually unbeatable. Little wonder then that visiting teams regard winning a Test series in India as the most difficult assignment if not Mission Impossible.

The last team to win a series in India was England in 2012. Before that Australia were victorious in 2004. South Africa last won a series in 2000 and since then they have made four visits without repeating the feat. Pakistan won their only series in India in 1987 and have not played Tests here since 2007. These are India’s strongest opponents. The less said about the other sides the better. West Indies last won a series in this country in 1983-84 when they were at the peak of their powers. New Zealand have not won a series in India and they first played here in 1955-56. Sri Lanka have been visiting India since 1982-83 and have yet to win a Test after playing 20 matches. The same goes for Zimbabwe. Bangladesh and Afghanistan of course have played only one Test each in India.

Even a cursory glance at Tests played in other countries in recent years will reveal that they have fallen short of matching India’s home record. England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have all suffered defeats at home. There is no longer any dominant team in world cricket to match the Australians who in the early years of the new millennium twice ran up the world record of 16 consecutive Test wins.

Since that loss to England in 2012 India have played several home series against Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka besides one off Test against Bangladesh and Afghanistan and have won every one of them, some by 3-0 and 4-0 clean sweeps. And the record becomes even more impressive when it is pointed out that in the last 15 years India have lost only that one series to England but have repeatedly defeated all other visiting teams. But of course the mind boggling and eye rubbing record is not something new. In the period 1988-1994 India won ten straight Tests at home against New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, England and West Indies. So visiting teams know fully well what they are up against when they tour India for a Test series.

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King Kohli thanks Big Boss Viv Richards for his congratulatory message

Garima Kotroo Updated: 7 December, 2019, 10:26 PM IST

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After playing sensational knock of unbeaten 94 runs off 50 balls against West Indies, Virat Kohli was widely praised. In the enthralling opener of ongoing three-match T20I series against Kieron Pollard’s team, India won the match by six wickets.

Kohli played his career-best T20I knock against Windies in Hyderabad. His flabbergasting innings had six fours and the same number of sixes.

Sir Vivian Richards lauded Virat’s stellar performance. Virat Kohli was quick to reply and wrote, “Thanks big BOSS. Coming from you means a lot”.

Both India and West Indies will play the second encounter of the ongoing series on December 8 at Greenfield International Stadium in Trivandrum.

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King Kohli’s ‘notebook’ celebration invites hilarious meme fest on social media

Garima Kotroo Updated: 7 December, 2019, 8:59 PM IST

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One more cricket match, one more historic win and one more spectacular show of Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper rewrote the record books after scoring unbeaten 94 runs off just 50 balls against West Indies in the first T20I match of the ongoing series.

Apart from his mesmerizing innings in the T20I opener, King Kohli dominated the headlines for his ‘notebook’ celebration. He performed the unique celebration after hitting a six on one of the Kesrick Williams’ deliveries in 16th over.

His celebration led to a meme fest on social media.

The Indian skipper reveled the reason behind his celebration.

"No, it is not the CPL. It happened to me in Jamaica when he got me out so I thought I would tick a few in the notebook as well but all good, smiles out there, in the end, that's what you want to see, good competitive cricket but at the end of the day we shake hands, that's what cricket is all about, play hard but at the end have respect for your opponents," Kohli said at the post-match ceremony.

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‘Kohli hai to kuch bhi possible hai’: Harbhajan Singh hails Virat Kohli’s masterclass in Hyderabad

Tarun Singh Updated: 7 December, 2019, 3:44 PM IST

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Virat Kohli hammered the Windies bowlers to chase a mammoth target of 208 and single-handedly took away the match from the rivals in the 1st T20I in Hyderabad.

Kohli’s majestic innings of (94* off 50) laced with six fours and as many maximums prompted Harbhajan Singh to realize that ‘King Kohli’s masterclass can make the impossible possible.

After India’s emphatic 6-wicket victory over West Indies with eight balls to spare, Harbhajan Singh applauded Kohli and performance of other players.

The ‘Turbanator’ also praised KL Rahul who contributed with much needed 62 runs after Rohit Sharma departed early on just 8 runs.

He also praised Rishabh Pant for his cameo of 18 runs in 9 balls against the Caribbean bowlers.

Harbhajan Tweeted, “Kohli hai tho kuch bi possible hai what a chase @imVkohli well done captain. superb inn from @klrahul11 too and lil cameo from @RishabhPant17 great win @BCCI”

Earlier, India were in a bit trouble, when the visitors posted a mammoth total of 207 runs.

However, Kohli’s career-best 94* took India to an emphatic win.

With Kohli’s heroics, India are now 1-0 up in the ongoing three-match T20I series against Kieron Pollard-led West Indies.

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'Everybody likes me when I score runs', says KL Rahul after first T20I against Windies

Garima Kotroo Updated: 7 December, 2019, 3:43 PM IST

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Although Indian skipper Virat Kohli stole the show against West Indies in the first T20I encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, explosive opener KL Rahul also put his best efforts to drive the hosts to the brilliant six-wicket win.

The 27-year-old right-handed batsman gave a head-start to Men in Blue as he notched up important 62 runs off just 40 balls after ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma failed to score for the home team. Sharma lost his crucial wicket to Khary Pierre in the fourth over after scoring just 8 runs off 10 balls.

Rahul also touched down the benchmark of 1000 runs in T20I format and became the third fastest batsman to achieve this feat in just 29 innings.

In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, the Karnataka based batsman was asked to fill the big void and he successfully justified his role by playing some excellent shots against Kieron Pollard-led team.

Being an Indian opener, Rahul feels that his job is to set the foundation for his team so that the other players can easily achieve the target in the end .

Speaking to the press after the memorable win of India over Windies, Rahul said, “Everybody likes me when I score runs, that's how it goes. I don't plan my innings according to the strike rate. If I get set, I can chase it down, I know that. My role is to set the foundation and we have others to do their job later, the finishing job”.

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4 things that make Virat Kohli the best chaser in white-ball cricket  

Harshit Anand Updated: 7 December, 2019, 3:12 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

With an average of 96.55 in successful ODI run-chases and 120.90 in successful T20I chases, Virat Kohli is the king of chases in limited-overs cricket. His numbers are awe-inspiring. The Indian skipper has made a habit of winning games consistently when it comes to hunting down totals.

 

He is an absolute master and genius in such scenarios. He shone through for the Men in Blue in the first T20I against West Indies in Hyderabad. Kohli's unbeaten 50-ball-94 helped India chase down 208 runs, their highest-ever in the format. Today, we will take a look at 4 things that make Virat Kohli the best chaser in white-ball cricket.

 

Consistency

 

You don't earn reputation in anything by doing it just on a few occasions. You have to keep repeating the same feat numerous times to establish yourself as master in anything. And Kohli has proven that there is no better master in the art of run-chasing than him. The right-hander has helped India win games in chases consistently. The unbeatable hunger and passion with which he plays drive him to such consistency. Because only those attributes can keep pushing you towards excellence over and again. We might get bored of seeing him winning the games for India in chases given how often he does it, but he won't as he had once said that consistency is boring but he would keep pushing himself towards it.

 

Machine-esque Calculation

 

Unlike batting first, in chases, you have a fixed target in mind. The moment you start drifting, the required run-rate starts climbing. A great presence of mind and discipline is required in chases. You have to blunt out the most potent bowlers of the opposition, know when the weakling will come on and target in alignment to the target. Kohli does all of it smoothly. He is one-step ahead of the opposition and very well knows how to execute his game plan. The star batter will hit boundaries when he wants, will keep sprinting between the 22 yards in middle-overs, play out the biggest threats with solid planning and he just functions like a ruthless calculator.

 

Acceleration Power

 

Unlike the older times, in modern-day cricket, you can't survive without accelerating rapidly as a chaser since there are bigger totals to chase. And Kohli does that very well. He is not someone known for hitting too many aerial/lofted strokes but when the situation arrives, he can decimate even the best of bowlers in the business in his own imitable way. He doesn't muscle the ball rather times it effortlessly. Once he gains momentum in his knock, the acceleration that his innings goes through is simply phenomenal.

 

Take the example of his 94* against Windies in the first T20I. The no.1 Test and ODI batsman in the world had made just 44 runs off his first 34 deliveries at a strike-rate of 129.41. But suddenly, he changed gears akin to some power-hitter and blasted the next 50 runs in just 16 deliveries at a remarkable strike-rate of 312.50. His ability to cut loose successfully makes him a top-notch chaser.

 

Ability to handle pressure

   

A player like Virat Kohli revels under pressure. He is a world-class batsman and champion players like him want to be in the thick of things when the going gets tough. Kohli loves the spotlight and wants to shine under it. The 31 years old is the man for big occasions. Chasing might be daunting for some, but Kohli craves such situations as it keeps him going.

 

In the first T20I against Windies, there was a war of words going on between Kohli and West Indies players, India were chasing 208 runs, he wasn't middling the ball in the first half of his innings but all these didn't deter him. In fact, it pumped him up to bring out his best game on display and helped India cross the line with ease. King Kohli is born to handle pressure.

 
News Cricket

Glenn McGrath pens down a heartwarming note for his daughter who graduated high school

Staff Writer Updated: 7 December, 2019, 2:42 PM IST

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Glenn McGrath was one of the best fast bowlers of his time. He still holds numerous records in Test cricket and one-day internationals. The former pacer is spending quality time with his family since he bid adieu to his beloved sport. The proud father congratulated his daughter, Holly, who graduated High School. The veteran took to Twitter to pen down a heartwarming message for Holly.

“So proud of my daughter Holly for graduating High School. Her dedication, organisational skills & work ethic has been amazing, plus she’s a beautiful person, inside & out. Chase your dreams, continue to work hard & enjoy life. Congrats Doll xx #proudfather,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, he has limited his presence as far as cricket related activities are concerned. The 49-year old former star takes care of McGrath Foundation, which he had started with his late wife Jane. She passed away after a long battle with breast cancer.

The foundation raises money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and increase breast awareness in young women.

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Kitni baar main tereko bola Virat ko mat chedh: Amitabh Bachchan mocks Kesrick Williams

Staff Writer Updated: 7 December, 2019, 2:32 PM IST

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Virat Kohli played one of the best innings of his T20I career in the first match against the Windies. The Indian skipper scored an unbeaten 94 runs which led India to a comfortable win by six wickets.

The 31-year old was slow in the first phase of his knock but picked the pace at the right time. He was particularly severe against Kesrick Williamson, who had once mocked Virat after dismissing him in 2017.

Men in Blue blasted him for 23 runs in the 16th over of the Indian innings. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan took to twitter to mock the rival bowler.

He recreated a famous dialogue from his blockbuster movie Amar Akbar Anthony, and wrote, “यार कितनी बार बोला मई तेरे को .. की Virat को मत छेड़ , मत छेड़ , मत छेड़ … पन सुनताइच किधर है तुम … अभी पर्ची लिख के दे दिया ना हाथ में !!!!देख देख .. WI का चेहरा देख; कितना मारा उसको, कितना मारा.”

Virat spoke about his notebook celebration after the match. The captain revealed that he was taking revenge from the West Indies bowler, who had celebrated in the same fashion after dismissing him in one of the T20I matches.

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If you are nice to people and respect others, people will respect you back - Azharuddin

Garima Kotroo Updated: 7 December, 2019, 2:28 PM IST

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While Virat Kohli and team were celebrating their incredible win over the Windies, former Indian skipper, Mohammed Azharuddin was cherishing the inauguration of newly-refurbished North Stand named after him at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

Azhar has face many ups-downs in his great career, but after being appointed as the President of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), it seems like all his struggles has paid off .

From being banned by cricket authorities for his alleged involvement in match -fixing scandal in 2000 to taking over as the chief of HCA, Azhar has come a long way.

However, the veteran feels that he always commanded respect in his career, but now when he has a position, he can make a difference easily.

"It's not that I have not been respected. I have always commanded respect. If you are nice to people and respect others, people will respect you back. But in every walk of life, you need a position to work. If you don't have a position, you can't work. You can't put things in the perspective”.

The new Mohammed Azharuddin stand was inaugurated by the legendary cricketer VVS Laxman in the presence of former Indian off-spinner Noel David, Venkatpathy Raju and pacer Mohammed Siraj.

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Love the dialogue Sir: Virat reacts to Amitabh Bachchan's tweet on notebook celebration

Staff Writer Updated: 7 December, 2019, 2:26 PM IST

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Virat Kohli took his revenge from Kesrick Williams in the first T20I at Hyderabad as he took the pacer for a lot of runs in the 16th over of the Indian innings. After hitting him for a six, Virat Kohli's notebook celebration caught everyone's attention. Virat's style was applauded by legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who used one of the famous dialogues from his blockbuster movie Amar Akbar Anthony.

Virat Kohli, who is a big time follower of Bollywood actor, took to twitter to express his love for the veteran star.

Speaking at the post-match ceremony, Virat revealed the reason behind his celebration.

"It's not the CPL (about Williams's celebration), it happened to me in Jamaica when he got me out. So I thought I'll tick a few in the notebook as well, but all good. There were a few words, but smiles at the end. That's what you want to see. Good competitive cricket but in the end shake hands and give a hi-fi. That's what cricket is all about. Play it hard but have respect for opponents."

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I just concentrate on doing the job instead of hitting the ball in the air - Virat Kohli

AP Updated: 7 December, 2019, 1:23 PM IST

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Virat Kohli smacked 94 not out off 50 balls for India to beat the West Indies by six wickets in the first Twenty20 on Friday.

Kohli’s highest T20 score anchored India's chase of the 208-run target with eight balls to spare. The skipper hit six fours and another six sixes as his 35-ball half-century led India to 209-4 in 18.4 overs.

It was the highest T20 total chased down by India, going past the 207 versus Sri Lanka in Mohali in 2009.

India’s chase faltered initially when Rohit Sharma was caught early on 8. After 10 overs, India as well placed at 89-1.

KL Rahul, in for the injured Shikhar Dhawan, combined with Kohli for 100. Rahul’s half-century came off 37 balls. After he was dismissed in the 14th over for 62 off 40 balls, Kohli took center stage.

Kohli added a quickfire 48 runs off 17 balls with Rishabh Pant, who made 18 off 9.

Kesrick Williams conceded 23 runs in the 16th over and went 0-60. It was the turning point in India’s chase as Kohli took 54 runs off the last 19 deliveries he faced.

“I didn’t want to put pressure on Rahul but I couldn’t get going properly," Kohli said. “I don’t have to change much (in my batting) across formats. I just concentrate on doing the job instead of hitting (the ball) in the air. I played according to the situation in the second half (of my innings).”

It was the 23rd time he made fifty-plus in T20 cricket, the most by any batsman.

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Two hundred and eight is enough to defend any day - Kieron Pollard

AP Updated: 7 December, 2019, 1:20 PM IST

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The West Indies scored 207-5 after it was sent in to bat. Shimron Hetmyer (56) scored his maiden T20 half-century.

After losing Lendl Simmons cheaply, Evin Lewis, with 40 off 17 balls, and Brandon King , with 31 off 23, gave the visitors an aggressive start. They put on 51 runs for the second wicket.

Ravindra Jadeja (1-30) was India’s best bowler, and got King stumped in the 11th over.

Hetmyer struck four sixes and two fours as he scored a first T20 half-century off 35 deliveries.

Late blitzes by Kieron Pollard, 37 off 19 balls, and Jason Holder, 24 not out off nine, lifted West Indies past 200 easily.

“Two hundred and eight (is enough to defend) any day," Pollard said. “Where we lost the game was the extras and our bowling. Our execution was poor.”

The second T20 of three is on Sunday in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Pakistan pride is hurt with defeats in Australia, says Azhar

AP Updated: 7 December, 2019, 1:19 PM IST

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Pakistan test captain Azhar Ali wants to quickly forget the two losses to Australia and prepare for next week’s home test series against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan couldn’t win a single international match in Australia, losing the Twenty20 series 2-0 and then the test matches, which were part of World Test Championship, in Brisbane and Adelaide by large margins inside four days.

“It was a disappointing series (against Australia)," Azhar said Friday. "We are a pride cricketing nation and definitely our pride has been hurt with two innings defeat in Australia.”

Pakistan arrived from Australia early Friday and has only four more days before it takes on Sri Lanka in the first test in Rawalpindi.

It will be the first test in Pakistan in more than 10 years since the Sri Lanka cricket team bus came under a terrorist attack in Lahore. Eight people were killed during the ambush and several Sri Lankan players were also injured.

“It’s a memorable occasion for all of us because all (Pakistan) players will be playing their first test match in Pakistan,” said Azhar, who has played 75 test matches since making his debut in 2010 against Australia at Lord’s.

Pakistan had to choose neutral venues to play its home matches. The bulk of the international matches were organized in the United Arab Emirates.

Sri Lanka has chosen a full strength side to play two test matches with allrounder Angelo Matthews and batsman Dinesh Chandimal among those who earlier refused to travel to Pakistan three months ago for a limited-overs series because of security concerns.

“Sri Lanka is bringing their full strength side and we have to play very good cricket to beat them,” Azhar said. “We will try our best … whatever time we have in between, we freshen up our minds, look forward to play good cricket and get back on track, which is very important for us.”

Azhar replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as test captain before the series against Australia but the right-handed batsman had been going through a run of poor form for a year since making 134 against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in December 2018.

He scored only 59 runs in three test matches against South Africa this year and in four test innings against Australia he could make only 62 runs.

And Azhar knows very well that without scoring runs, it might get difficult for him to retain his place in the test team when Pakistan takes on Bangladesh in a two-test series in January.

“It’s not that the ball is not coming onto my bat or when I am at the crease my footwork is not working,” he said. “I know I need runs. Whether it’s captain or any other player, nobody can play without giving performance. I realize I do have to score and I am working hard. I am feeling good in the nets, unfortunately runs are not coming, but I know when runs do come it will be in bulk.”

Pakistan also struggled to get wickets against Australia in the absence of the retired Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, who has sought an indefinite break from red ball cricket.

Although young fast bowlers Naseem Shah and Mohammad Musa made their debuts in Brisbane and Adelaide, respectively, they couldn’t trouble Australia batsmen David Warner and Marnus Labuchagne, who both scored big in the series.

“Bowling attack was young and couldn’t perform, but still the world is talking about them today. They have pace and with little bit more experience they will be a great future for Pakistan,” Azhar said. “We couldn’t take wickets with new ball. It’s very important to take wickets with new ball in Australia and we also couldn’t control the run-rate.”

Pakistan will announce the test squad for the series against Sri Lanka on Saturday and Azhar said he had a lengthy discussion with chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq, who is also the team’s head coach and batting coach.

“We have consulted about the team composition," Azhar said. "I can’t disclose it, Misbah bhai (brother) will announce the team and give you reasons for selection (tomorrow). I can’t tell you more than that.”

Feature Cricket

Kohli’s Don’t-Sell-Test-Cricket-for-Entertainment Pitch

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 7 December, 2019, 12:34 PM IST

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In an age when a cricketer would be considered having consigned his career to flames for abjectly rejecting the entertainment element of the sport as it is being currently run, Virat Kohli has thrown caution to the wind, earning the plaudits of purists around the world.

One must doff one’s hat to the Indian captain. Even if his behavior is not everyone’s cup of tea, Kohli has repeatedly shown his heart is in the right place, particularly when it comes to Test cricket.

Not so long in the past, Kohli made the argument that Test cricket must be protected. He was an excited captain, right out of the gate, happy at the opportunity to lead India’s Test team down under in 2014, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni suddenly decided to hang up his boots.

Ever since, Kohli’s aura has been on the rise. Even his batting has blossomed under pressure, the responsibility sitting rather well with him. Having scored his twenty-seventh Test century, his twentieth as the Indian captain, in the first ever day and night Test cricket in India, although Sourav Ganguly emphasized that Kohli was quick to the idea of a day and night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata, Kohli reiterated at the end of the match that day and night Test cricket must remain a one off novelty and not the norm.

Emphasizing that argument, Kohli took it a step further, asking for Test cricket not to be reduced to a scale to measure entertainment factor as is being done for Twenty20 and the formats it is springing up in its wake.

To use Kohli’s own words, “You can bring excitement into Test cricket but you can’t purely make Test cricket based on entertainment. The entertainment of Test cricket lies in a batsman trying to survive a session, a bowler trying to set up a batsman. If people don’t want to respond to that, too bad. If I don’t like Test cricket, you can’t push me. Those who enjoy the battle between bat and ball and great session of Test cricket, in my opinion, those are the people that should come and watch Test cricket because they understand what is going on.”

That is a bold and highly accurate statement if ever there was. For quite sometime now, there is the notion that the game can cater to different audiences and need not be a case of one formula fits all.

While Kohli is not wrong that only a nuanced cricket aficionado would find enjoyment and satisfaction in an absorbing day’s cricket, not to be judged by the number of blistering runs scored but time bidden and fortunes changed as a result of it in a contrarian view to the modern game that judges everything by the bat, the fact remains that Test cricket has not been promoted in quite the same way as the other versions.

Test cricket can be exciting, if not more relishing, as a savoury dish spread as a five course meal. It has continued to inspire generations after generation of cricket lovers and cricket aspirants. Evidence of surveys have shown Test cricket still enjoys an avid sports following, ahead of the other formats, albeit across different platforms, particularly with ticket prices exorbitant and little done for fans. When larger-than-life players like Virat Kohli go to bat for it, perhaps it is time the game’s so-called custodians and administrators to go back to the drawing board and realize that there were no missing elements in Test cricket in the first place. Just a change in perspective that could easily change the ball game once more.

Opinion Cricket

Has the world of fast bowling ever had it so good?

Partab Ramchand Updated: 7 December, 2019, 12:31 PM IST

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It is an accepted fact that Indian fast bowling has never had it so good but actually on closer scrutiny it would appear that pace bowling the world over has never had it so good. And when Ian Bishop in a recent interview says that he is salivating about the fast bowlers now available in world cricket he is not far off the mark. The amiable fast bowler among the last in the assembly line of great pacemen from the Caribbean who is now one of the best commentators in the business is known for his vast knowledge and balanced views and when he says that he is this enthusiastic about the quality of fast bowlers in the game today there has to be more than a grain of truth.Indeed the question has to be asked whether the world of fast bowling has ever been better. In the past there were two or three countries with some great pacemen but other than that the cupboard was bare. So you had Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson for Australia and the deadly West Indian pace quartet and Imran Khan of Pakistan and Bob Willis for England around to make the best of batsmen hop around and duck and weave their way out of trouble in the seventies and early eighties.

These days you have fast bowlers from half a dozen countries plying their trade and making life hell for batsmen. The big difference in the scenario is basically India and South Africa. India were around at the time of the Lillees and the Thomsons but the strength was spin bowling and later the lion hearted Kapil Dev who ploughed a lonely furrow. South Africa were not even around at the time because of their excommunicaton from international cricket but since their return have produced the likes of Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel and the present lot of Vernon Philander, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada doesn’t compare unfavourably. Australia in the post Lillee - Thomson period have produced true greats in Craig McDermott, Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson and the tradition has continued with the present quartet of Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

The English pace bowling tradition is in the capable hands of Jofra Archer while the fall in West Indian and Pakistan standards in the last decade has been more than made up by the sensational rise of India’s strength in pace bowling. The quartet of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav constitutes arguably the most potent fast bowling attack in the contemporary game. New Zealand too has a pair of great bowlers in Tim Southee and Trent Boult. So viewed from any angle pace bowling the world over has never had it so good and that is why Test cricket is so exciting these days for there is nothing in the game like a group of fast bowlers hurtling bouncers and yorkers and sending stumps flying.

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5 players with highest base prices who might go unsold in IPL auction 2020

CT Contributor Updated: 7 December, 2019, 12:29 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

The Indian Premier League 2020 auction is set to be held on December 19 in Kolkata and the anticipation is growing louder with each passing day. A total of 73 players were released by the eight teams last month. Meanwhile, 971 players have put themselves in the auction pool with several high-profile stars keeping their base price higher. According to a report in ESPN Cricinfo, seven players have set their prices at Rs. 2 crore. Whereas, around nine players have kept their base prices at Rs 1.5 crore. Many others have Rs 1 crore base prices as well.

Here we look at five players with the top base prices who might get snubbed in IPL auction 2020.

Josh Hazlewood (2 crore)

The Australian pacer has been a revelation in Tests for Australia for a while now. He has gone on to become quite the force for the Aussies in the longest format. However, when it comes to limited-overs, Hazlewood has been kept out in order to protect him from injuries of late. Hazlewood hasn't featured in the IPL and doesn't possess much experience in the shortest format. Looking at this, he may get ignored. Last season, he had a base price of Rs 2 crore. But teams preferred to ignore him in the auction.

Angelo Mathews (2 crore)

The veteran Sri Lankan player last featured in the IPL back in 2017 for Delhi. He played just three games and was subsequently released. He was ignored last season after choosing to keep a high base price of Rs 2 crore. Given that he has chosen the same route for the 2020 auction, the chances of him being roped in appear to be slim. Teams won't prefer someone at his age anymore.

Dale Steyn (2 crore)

The South African has been bothered a lot by injuries of late and that might hinder his chance of earning an IPL contract. Steyn was chosen as a replacement bowler by RCB last term and he ended up playing two games before being injured. RCB released him last month and the Proteas man is now in the pool. However, given his repeated injury woes, teams will not be willing to take a huge risk.

Robin Uthappa (1.5 crore)

The KKR stalwart was a strong member of the side over the last few seasons. However, the eastern giants decided to release him after he hasn't quite made an impact of late. Uthappa has slowed down and that has affected his growth and impact. Given his age, teams might let him pass by and focus on something else for the price. His IPL journey could come to an end.

Shaun Marsh (1.5 crore)

The Australian is likely to get snubbed by IPL teams in the upcoming auction. He is someone who currently isn't a part of the Aussie set-up post the 2019 World Cup. He didn't find any takers in IPL 2018 and 2019 and there is little hope that franchises will opt for him this time as well. To have such a costly sum riding on him, Marsh will be ignored.