5 Reasons India got White Washed – Slip to #3 rank in Test Cricket

Way back in 1993 in January/February – England toured India. They were considered to be the better test side but ended up losing the 3 test series 3-0. Today with a 4-0 victory over India, England has avenged its defeat. They have also moved to the top of the ICC Test Rankings, while India which went to England as #1 has not slipped to #3.

 

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Here are five reasons India lost the series 4-0

  1. Batting Flopped: India’s best batsman in this series was Rahul Dravid who scored 3 centuries. No one else scored a hundred and the Indian team scored 300 runs only once.
  2. Bowling Flopped: The bowling derailed from the first day onwards. Zaheer Khan was out of the first Test with an injury, Harbhajan Singh was similarly gone after the second. Amit Mishra did not impress with the ball. Praveen Kumar was probably the most impressive and was leading India’s bowling attack. Considering he has made his test debut only a month ago, leaves a lot to desire about India’s bench strength.
  3. Bad Selections: Rohit Sharma, arguably India’s best batsman from the younger lot, was not picked to play Test matches. Munaf Patel was left stranded while a late addition into the team like RP. Singh was immediately picked for a match.
  4. Too Much Cricket and Injuries: India did not play a single test match without injury problems. The first test saw Zaheer Khan injured, second test saw Harbhajan Singh injured. Third Test started without many more injuries but it ended with Praveen Kumar being injured. After the fourth Test Sehwag and Ishant Sharma are returning to India after injuries. The number of players being injured probably resembles a rugby team and not a cricket team. This is probably because of way too much Cricket being played over the past couple of years.
  5. BCCI: The BCCI seems hardly interested in Test cricket. There is no explanation possible for a tour of England with only a single practice game. Guess what India is touring Australia in December this year, and according to schedule, India has only one club level practice game before the Test series.
What are your views? Take a poll on what was responsible of India’s debacle here. Do drop in your comments.

Why did India lose #1 Test Ranking? [Poll]

Recently with the 3-0 lead in the India vs England Test series, India has lost the #1 ranking for Test Cricket. England has displaced India. The shocking part of this defeat has been a tired Indian bowling side that never threatened the opposition batsman while the batsman are yet to score 300 in an innings even after 3 tests.

Here is a quick poll on what you think might be the reason India lost the #1 ranking in Tests.

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If you have more inputs about the downfall of the Indian cricket team, do share these views in your comments.

Watch India vs West Indies Test Series Live Streaming on Internet

India is touring the Caribbean islands, for their Test match tour against the West Indies team. The India team is under-strength with Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer Khan missing the tour. This will set up an exciting contest with the West Indies team which is a pale shadow of their old legends.

If you are keen to catch matches online, then tune in to Youtube.com/tensports for a live streaming of the three test matches.

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Test Series Schedule (West Indies v India 2011)

  • 1st Test: West Indies v India at Kingston (June 20-24, 2011)
  • 2nd Test: West Indies v India at Bridgetown (Jun 28 – July 2, 2011)
  • 3rd Test: West Indies v India at Roseau (July 6 – 10, 2011)

It will also feature Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina as Test regulars, while it will be the first time MS Dhoni captains India after the famous World Cup victory.

So who do your think will win the series? Drop in your comments.

[Stats] India vs Pakistan in World Cup Matches

India has beaten Australia in the ICC World Cup 2011, Quarterfinals to move set up their semi-final clash with Pakistan. Most India fans (for that matter even Pakistan fans) will know that India has never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup as yet.

I thought why not dig out some stats on how India and Pakistan players have performed against each others.

Ind Vs Pak in World Cup: Top 5 batsman

Name M I Runs Avg S/R
Sachin Tendulkar 4 4 228 76.00 87.35
Saeed Anwar 3 3 185 61.66 91.58
M Azharuddin 3 3 118 39.33 80.27
Aamir Sohail 2 2 117 58.50 82.97
Rahul Dravid 2 2 105 105.00 63.63

Ind Vs Pak in World Cup: Top 5 bowlers

Name M Overs Runs Wkts Econ Rate
V Prasad 2 19.3 72 8 3.69
J Srinath 4 35.1 176 7 5.00
A Kumble 3 30.0 142 5 4.73
M Ahmed 2 20.0 115 5 5.75
Waqar Younis 2 18.4 138 4 7.39

Trivia

  • India and Pakistan have played 4 matches in World Cup history and India has won all four.
  • Sachin Tendulkar, Javagal Srinath and Inzaman Ul Haq are the only players to have played in all the four games.
  • Sachin Tendulkar will play the fifth time against Pakistan in World Cup tournament on 30th March 2011.
  • The only match played in India during a World Cup was in 96, in Bangalore. That match was also a Quarter-Final and a knockout.

If you have more details or trivia stats do drop them in your comments. 🙂

Bangladesh obliges India, England and West-Indies by crashing out of World Cup!

Indian cricket team started the World Cup against Bangladesh. They won comfortably, but their tied match (even after scoring 330+ runs) against England and their loss to South Africa (where they lost 9 wickets for 29 runs) had left them with 7 points with one more match to go.

Frankly, other than the match against England and Bangladesh, Indian batting has looked pathetic.

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But thankfully, Bangladesh has obliged England, India and West-Indies by losing to the mighty South Africans. Now Bangladesh is stuck on 6 points but with such a bad net-run rate that their hopes lie in India beating West-Indies by 100s of runs or by chasing the entire West Indian total in 5 overs. With our boys in such glorious form, it we can consider it a impossibility.

The quarter-final scenarios for India!

India can either come in 2nd in the group with 9 points or lose to West Indies and end up 3rd.

  • If India is second in the group they will play Australia or New Zealand in the QFs.
  • If India ends up third they play Sri Lanka in the QFs.
  • India whatever happens will not play against Pakistan in the Quarter Finals.

Wow, lets see how this drama unfolds on Sunday, 20th March 2011 in Chennai.

Sehwag ‘Upar Cuts’ Bangladesh for a Six!

Bangladesh were probably hoping for a repeat of the 2007 World Cup. They had beaten India and knocked them out of the tournament. Back then they had bowled first and restricted India to a modest total.

Similar thoughts might have been going through the Bangladesh team’s minds when they won the toss and put India to bat.

Unfortunately they ran into Sehwag, who literally hit their hopes for a six. Sehwag score 175 runs of 140 balls. He also hit 14 boundaries and 5 sixes.
Below is a video that inspired the title of this article! 😀

Don’t you think he is the most destructive batsman ever? Do drop in your comments.

Link: Match Scorecard

What makes Laxman very very special?

Way back in 1998 Laxman was still making his way into the Indian team. He was in the ODI squad in Sharjah. The opponents at Sharjah were the mighty Australians led by Steve Waugh. Sachin Tendulkar was playing the innings of his life and on the other side watching him was VVS Laxman.

Laxman was completely out of depth in that match and had a few nervous moments.

It is ironic that VVS Laxman has chosen to make Australia his favourite opponents and pressure something that he thrives under.

Just that today’s (5th Oct 2010) match into account. He managed to come out with an injured back, hang around and put together an impossible win taking India to victory by just 1 wicket.

So what makes VVS Laxman very very special?

VVS Laxman has scored 7490 runs at an average of 47.40 in Test cricket. This is a healthy no for any test cricketer but what makes him special are his match winning innings. We must have lost count of the times Laxman scores run when India truly need those runs.
In the table below are the runs scored and averages of Ponting, Tendulkar and Laxman in the 3rd or 4th innings of a test match. These numbers are usually much less flattering than career stats as all these innings are played under pressure and on a 4th or 5th day pitch.

Runs Average
VVS Laxman 2877 50.47
Tendulkar 3939 43.28
Ponting 3487 43.85

The table above shows that Laxman average while chasing or setting victorious scores is higher than his career average. No wonder VVS Laxman is India’s go to man.

What could be India’s squad in 2011 ICC World Cup?

This year we had a tough cricket; even Indian team had hard luck in the ICC T20. There is nothing to be blamed with neither the selectors nor the commission. The Tri series leaves nothing to be described about our team young legs. The ICC WC 2011 is around the corner, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh going to host it. At this point of view, Indian team should concentrate on their game i.e. bowling, fielding & should consider few players to play their natural game.

Hopefully the lord of the venue, Sachin Tendulkar will be playing. The opening pair will be very strong such that Sachin & Shewag will start the innings. Even the top order batsman will be filled out with Gambir, Raina & Yuvraj.

The middle order will be taken care by our captain Dhoni. The lower middle order is the biggest question, no real guesses at all. The top lower order batsman will be Harbahjan. When it comes to seamer’s, Zaheer will be in the playing eleven. These eight players will be confirmed; only in case of any injuries there might be few changes.

The areas to be focused by our team will be specially bowling & fielding. There are really big hitters in the squad, so no problem with that. When it comes to bowling, the economy of Indian team bowler is almost above Five & half. If this continues then the runs we concede in one match by our bowlers will be surely above 280+. The target becomes tough, in case of early wickets of our batsman. We lost the game. Next is fielding, there was few many misfield by our young legs in the Tri-series. This should be avoided in the ICC WC.

Thus Players should be focused in fielding. When it comes to the playing 11, I left 3 players, in that one will surely be an all rounder, then the other two will be a seamer.

Which players can be filled in that gap??

My guess will be, Praveen Kumar, though he can swing the ball in both directions & other possibility will be either Sreesanth or R.P. Singh. The all rounder will be Yusuf. I personally feel that, playing eleven with 3 regular seamers will be a correct choice.

What are your views and thoughts on India’s chances and tactics for World Cup in 2011? Drop in your comments

Related: Indian Cricket team for World Cup 2011

India’s Afghan challenge will bring back memories of Caribbean disaster in 2007 World Cup

Remember the ICC World Cup in 2007 in the West Indies. India was places in a easy group with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bermuda. India lost its opening games against the supposedly amateurish Bangladesh team and was knocked out of the World Cup within a week.

Tonight the T20 World Cup starts again in the West Indies and India start of their campaign against another supposedly amateurish team called Afghanistan. Yes, Afghanistan more known for war, bombs and violence has managed to put together a Cricket team and will take heart inspiration from Bangladesh’s upset win over India and try to emulate them.

Somethings that could worry India …

Afghanistan seems to have some decent fast bowlers who can trouble the batsman early on. Sometimes this works in a T20 format where some weak teams can cause havoc in 3-4 overs but not have the ability to match up for 50 over game.

India also has not made things easy they are not playing a single warm-up match. This could be a bit of a issue as the Indian team players were all playing in the IPL and are match fit, but they have not spent time together as a team in match situation. This they will try to figure out in their first game against Afghanistan.

So do you think India will be up for the Afghan challenge or will India get a little nervous? I am an optimist like any Indian cricket fan, so I think Afghanistan has no chance tomorrow against India. 😛


Indian cricket team on a high as administrators reach new lows

cricket_highs_lowsFirst let me start by wishing  all our readers a Happy New Year! 2009 is the year when CricTalks was born and we plan to make it grow to become a significantly popular cricket blog. For that we need to write a lot of posts and updates along with implementing ideas. I promise this year you will see a marked increase in frequency in posts. More of that later in some other post. Now I want to review how was 2009 for Indian cricket.

This was a interesting year considering the Indian team reached heights that it had never reached before but unfortunately the game’s administrators also reached lows they had not reached before. Lets start with the lows first so that I can end this post on the highs. 😉

Lows…

The administrators have consistently goofed up on scheduling and bad planning. They have done it with such an alarming rate that it is more or less expected. Here are some lows that stand out.

  • Only two test matches were scheduled for 2010. That too against Bangladesh. They are now hastily discussing a Test series with South Africa for later in the year. This is happening only because India tops the ICC Test Rankings. If India does not play Test matches chances are that they won’t be able to maintain the ranking.
  • Lack of interests in Test cricket has been shown but turning out bland and placid pitches where teams are regularly scoring 600+ scores with numerous draws.
  • Another nail in the coffin was the ODI in Delhi which was canceled because of a unfit pitch. Later on interesting facts have come out that associations are spending more money on meetings and discussions rather than purchasing cricket kits. All said an done the administrators have all shifted blamed from one person to another and some have even blamed Sri Lanka as being reluctant. Strangely none of these men who run the sport has still taken responsibility for the fiasco.

Highs

Okay enough of the lows, lets talk about the highs in Indian cricket. Last year ended with India winning home test series against the Australians and England. This year they started with a visit to New Zealand.

  • India won a test series in New Zealand after 41 long years. India was playing as favourites but often they have not been very good travelers. India won the series 1-0.
  • Then came the IPL and the T20 world cup disaster. India toured West Indies after that and won the ODI series there. They followed it up by wining Compaq Cup. They did a few bumps with losses in Champions trophy and losing the ODI series against Australia.
  • India finally came into their own against Sri Lanka. They beat them 2-0 in the Test series. They also beat Sri Lanka in the ODI series 3-1. India has thus gained a Test ranking of #1 which is the highest ever it has gone.

Feel free to tell me what do you think about Indian cricket administration and the team through your super comments. 😉