Showing posts from September, 2016

Preview - SA vs AUS - 1st ODI.

It is very infrequent for an international team to tour a nation twice in a year. Having said that, Australia is already in South Africa for an ODI series. The visitors travelled to the same destination earlier this year in March for a 3-match T20I series. The first ODI of the five-match series is all set to unfold in Centurion tomorrow.
The home team looked stronger on paper but AB de Villiers' egress due to an elbow injury has put both the teams at the same level. Such is the stature of the man.
Temba Bavuma must feel unfortunate to miss out on this series especially after scoring a ton in his debut match against Ireland. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla are most likely to open the innings for the Proteas. Faf du Plessis will lead the side in de Villiers' absence. The 32-year old right-hand batsman will bat at No. 3.
Farhaan Behardien should bat at No. 4, for there are better finishers in the Proteas' line-up than him. His style of batting will also come good for them in the…

Review - IND vs NZ - 1st Test - Day 1.

There was no better occasion than India playing it's 500th test match to kick-start the prolonged season which will comprise of 13 test matches. As a matter of regard, many former test captains were present at the Green Park in Kanpur.
Virat Kohli, the current captain of India, won the toss and elected to bat. India went in with the orthodox six batsmen + one wicket-keeper + four bowlers strategy which removed the uncertainty over the inclusion of Rohit Sharma in the playing eleven. With India opting for Murli Vijay and Lokesh Rahul as specialist openers, Shikhar Dhawan had to sit out. In the bowling division, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Amit Mishra were unexpectedly denied a place in the first eleven.
On the other hand, New Zealand played a master card by bringing in Luke Ronchi in place of Henry Nicholls. The inclusion of three spinners was expected in the squad.
Both Rahul and Vijay started on a positive note for India against Trent Boult and Neil Wagner (who was opening the bowling for…

The Big Shift.

Here is a list of the big names which have switched to a different state (team) ahead of the 83rd edition of the Ranji Trophy.

Ambati Rayudu - The 30-year old right-hand batsman who hails originally from Hyderabad was a part of the Baroda squad from the past six years. However, he will turn up for Vidarbha in this season of the Ranji Trophy. Rayudu has a first-class batting average of 44.83. He has 5,874 runs from 94 matches under his belt. With Rayudu most likely to miss India's prolonged test season, Vidarbha will be keen to gain from his services especially in the absence of Subramaniam Badrinath.Subramaniam Badrinath - And the 36-year old right-hand batsman is the second on our list. The veteran batsman has played most of his cricket for his home state, Tamil Nadu. He captained Vidarbha for the last two seasons and is all set to perform the same duty for Hyderabad this time. His 9,778 first-class runs have come at an average of 56.19 in 136 matches.Mohammad Kaif - One of the be…