KEATON JENNINGS’ SCORES DEBUT TON

Keaton Jennings, England’s opener, had struck a century on debut.


However, it was not to last for a long time as Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s off-spinner, led a fight back to pick up four late wickets that left the visitors with 288-5 on the first day of the fourth test, played on Thursday precisely, at the Wankhede Stadium.

Trailing 2-0 in the five match series, the touring visitors had been cruising on 230-2 which had been made possible by Jennings who made 112 after being dropped on nought.

However, a large first inning total on track was not in sight for England as the world’s top ranked test bowler, Ashwin picked up four wickets, thus pegging back the tourists.

Honours were even at stumps as Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 25, while Jos Buttlerstayed on at 18.

Jennings had arrived India on Monday, after he had been called up from the England Lions squad in the United Arab Emirates. Read more »

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is someone who has had the edge over Chris Gayle

The Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is someone who has had the edge over Chris Gayle in Twenty 20 Cricket and it’s him who had to be the man for Hyderabad if they had to get rid of the big man early in the IPL final yesterday.


But, Bhuvi’s strategy to bowl a straight line to Gayle was not understandable as all the success he had had against the leftie opener had come by bowling at the off stump channel.

Gayle’s tendency to keep his right foot planted at its initial position and not move it at all, makes him vulnerable to every bowler who can seam it away from him or even create a natural angle as he just throws his hands at such deliveries and while, it generally makes him a leading candidate to edge it behind, he sometimes plays it on the sticks too if the surface is not offering a great deal of speed to the ball after pitching.

So, it was that line Bhuvi should have been eyeing, but, for a surprise, he was hell bent at bowling it on the pads of Gayle, keeping it a tad shorter of the length and other than him, his new ball partner Sran was erring on the same side too and that was purely negative bowling.
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Jasprit Bumrah became Star after Series with Australia

Jasprit Bumrah was not even in the original squad that India had named for the Australia limited-over tour, but, when the tour came to an end, he was almost a star.


The right arm fast bowler got the ball talking in Australia as he emerged as India’s highest wicket taker in the T20 series

He bowled yorkers in almost every game and what had been India’s main problem in the past, to leak runs in the death, he reduced that to a large extent along with the veteran Ashish Nehra.

Some of the Aussie batsmen had already played Bumrah in the Indian Premier League. So, the 22-year old was no mystery to them, but, still, he has that sort of action that no matter how many times you have played him in the past, he is still going to be tough for you to deal with.

Bumrah’s action is pretty unorthodox. His arms seem to be all over the place when he gets into the position to deliver the ball and as a batsman, it’s tricky to pick the length. Read more »

It seems there is not a perfect understanding between the Indian selectors

It seems there is not a perfect understanding between the Indian selectors and MS Dhoni in regards to fast bowling.

While, Dhoni is keen on the fact that the skilful bowlers should be given more exposure, the selectors want to back the speed.

The test squad that has been announced for the away Sri Lanka series includes the likes of Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron.

Umesh and Varun are, by no means, less talented than the other names in the Indian pace stocks, but, in the games that they have played so far, they have been quite erratic.

And, that’s why in Bangladesh, Dhoni, went public in expressing his disappointment at the development of those guys as fast bowlers.

Although, Dhoni did not directly take a dig at anyone, but, he did say a couple of times in that particular press conference that in the future he would like to see skill being given more preference over pace.

But, the way the selectors have again showed their confidence in genuine speed, one can assume that they do not quite agree with Dhoni on that front.

It was even asked to Sandeep Patil, the chairman of the BCCI selection committee, what he would like to make of Dhoni’s statements that he made in Bangladesh.

Replying to that, Patil hinted that he and his colleagues still have their faith intact in Umesh and Varun and regardless of what Dhoni said, these two guys are going to get more opportunities in future. Read more »

Kohli pretty vocal regarding the type of Cricket

Since the time Virat Kohli has taken charge of the Indian test side post the retirement of MS Dhoni, he has been pretty vocal regarding the type of Cricket that he wants his players to play.

He has put a lot of emphasis on the need of scorings runs quickly and giving the bowlers enough time to bowl out the opposition twice.

Also, he has made it clear that he is not interested at all in playing with 7 specialist batsman as he does not think it makes that much of a difference as far as winning the test matches are concerned. He would rather have an all round option in the side who can bowl a decent bit and give the strike bowlers a breather from time to time so that they remain fresh to bowl attacking spells at the crucial times.

And, he has been doing what he has been saying. He has talked about aggression and he has backed those players whom he believes can play with that sort of aggression and can help India win games.

Despite the fact that Rohit Sharma failed to even get to the two digits in the one off test match against Bangladesh and then at Galle where India suffered one of their most terrible defeats ever, he was not dropped. Read more »

Difficult for the Indian selectors to decide on Team

With Cheteshwar Pujara also scoring a century now, it has become quite difficult for the Indian selectors as well as the team management to decide what would be the playing XI of the team for the first test match against South Africa if all the players are fit.

So far in Virat Kohli’s short tenure as test captain, India has been playing with 5 specialist batsmen, an all rounder, a wicketkeeper batsman and 4 specialist bowlers and they are believed to continue with this formation for the home season too.

While, the likes of Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli are the established members of the team and are the certainties in the XI, there are 4 players who are currently in contention for the other 2 batting spots and all of them have shown good form and have scored runs recently, whether it’s KL Rahul, Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan or even Rohit Sharma.

Rohit might not have a hundred to his name of late, but, he has scored a few crucial half centuries for the team.

Dhawan scored back to back hundreds against Bangladesh and then, in the first test match against Sri Lanka which was played at Galle.

KL Rahul, after justifying his selection for the Australia tour with a hundred in Sydney, scored another one in Colombo to help India level the series and has made it very hard for the management to leave him out at this point of time. Read more »

Umesh Yadav get criticism due to Irregular Line and Length

The experts always criticize Umesh Yadav for his tendency to lose line and length regularly.

As per the experts, Umesh tries to do too much when he is at bowling crease. In almost all his spells, he goes for more and more pace and thus, ends up falling on the pads of the batsman or giving him too much room.

But, in the Pakistan encounter yesterday in South Australia, Umesh showed how great an asset pace can prove to be.

The Nagpur bowler though started typically bowling some rubbish deliveries and giving easy runs away, but, he came back for his second spell in a very good rhythm.

The match was delicately poised at that time with Pakistan having crossed the 100 mark at the loss of only 2 wickets. Read more »

Indian Bowlers boosted with Good day at Gliderol Stadium

The Indian bowlers had a good day on the field at Gliderol Stadium on the first day of their second practice game as they got the opposition all out below 250.

Varun Aaron led the way for India as his extra bounce was something that the batsmen found difficult to manage.

Yes, most of the batsmen there in that XI which was up against India were not the top cricketers in the domestic circuit of Australia.

It was an XI composed of youngsters, but, still, Aaron’s bowling was fantastic. On quicker pitches like Brisbane and Perth, the 25-year old will have his tail up.

Aaron was given the new ball today. Generally, he comes as the first change bowler as he is not known that much for his swing. Read more »