Showing posts from September, 2017

Preview - First ODI - India vs Australia

It is not for the first time that Australia are completing a tour of India in multiple trips. Talking about Australia's visits to India in the past decade, they played a seven-match ODI series in 2007. In the following year, they played a four-match Test series. The Aussies featured in another seven-match ODI series in 2009. In 2010, they visited India for a short tour, i.e., two Test matches and three ODIs, out of which two ODIs were abandoned without a ball being bowled. In February-March 2013, they played a four-match Test series on the Indian soil. They returned back in October to play a one-off T20I and seven ODIs. Perhaps, their itinerary of 2017 was made on similar grounds. A four-match Test series in February-March, followed by a five-match ODI series and a three-match T20I series in September-October. Australia beat Pakistan 4-1 in ODIs this year (in January). However, they haven't won a match in the same format since then. Playing an ODI series against India in I

Will Sri Lanka be able to end their own misery?

To remember the last time when the Sri Lankan cricket team was going through such a horrendous patch can be a tedious task. Any format of the game, home or away, they have been down and out in the past year or so. On this tour, there have been instances which depict that even the fans are losing interest now. Well, that is how audiences around the globe tend to react. One and the only one thing, which can improve all of this is a road back to wining ways. One and the only name which can change the current situation is the Sri Lankan team itself. No one, but, the Sri Lankan players themselves will have to put in the efforts to end their own misery. The first time India whitewashed Sri Lanka in a bilateral ODI series was way back in 1982 when Sri Lanka played three ODIs at Amritsar, Delhi and Bangalore and lost them by 78 runs, 6 wickets and 6 wickets respectively. India increased their domination to 5-0 around three years ago in 2014. If they win today's match, the score (5-0) mi