The massive exercise of playing at neutral venues, which could be a logistical nightmare, it seems, has not been properly thought-out and executed.
There can be no greater acceptance and adulation of a person than when people start wearing his masks and actors impersonate him on cinema screens.
The Indian cricket establishment, it seems, has finally woken up to the need of accepting the Umpire Decision Referral System (DRS).
In India’s frenetic scramble for some quick runs, Pujara scored a 148-ball hundred at a strike rate of 68. Not bad by any yardstick and at no stage of the innings did it appear that he was not playing in the “interest” of the team.
BCCI’s unprecedented defiance of the Supreme Court order seems to be a clever ploy to project itself as a victim of judicial overreach.
Right from the moment India built a huge first innings score, a defeat seemed imminent for the New Zealanders.
If Kohli lets his aggressive attitude reflect in the expansive strokes he plays, Rahane, though no less rounded a batsman, appears limited in comparison, though he is not shy of flirting with risks for the sake of his team.
The crowd, as the day wore on, got to see what most cricket fans have raved about all over the world. And that is Virat Kohli at his flowing best.
Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev have been put in the forefront to defend the Board’s stand on the few recommendations they don’t want to implement.
India’s overdrive in making wickets that blatantly favour their spinners was on display in the Test series against South Africa at home.
Since India are playing 11 more Test matches at home, they are now in a position to cement their place at the top and stay there for some time.
As India took control of the second Test, the debate on Sunday centered more on the nature of the Eden Gardens track rather than the quality of cricket.
Kohli, the man who loves a fight and relishes being in the thick of a scrap, walked in to bat when his team looked extremely vulnerable and needed enough runs to secure the match.
The Eden Garden wicket continued to confound the batsmen and this time, it was the turn of the New Zealanders to get trapped in the indecisiveness of their poor footwork.
The value of a performance and the quality of play is inextricably linked with the nature of the wicket in cricket. There is no other sport where the result it provides is so dependent on the surface that the curator of a stadium prepares for a match.
The legacy of India’s spin tradition is so rich and varied that putting Ravichandran Ashwin ahead of the past greats, despite his phenomenal wicket-taking ability, would be unfair to the bowler himself, as he would agree.
Two rookies in Test cricket -- Mitchell Santner and Luke Ronchi -- one playing his eighth Test and the other his second, were countering the guile, wiles and variations of the two seasoned Indian spinners with soft supple hands and negating the vagaries of the wicket with an equanimity that spoke of their tremendous resolve and skills.
The India top order, right from KL Rahul, to Ravindra Jadeja made merry, scoring with a freedom that suggested the wicket held no terror for them.
New Zealand finally caved in. After two days of resolute cricket and successfully swimming against the odds created by conditions alien to their technique and temperament, they gave up.
Skipper Kane Williamson is not your typical broad, strong, tall Kiwi, who can pulverise the ball with brute force. Measured, unhurried and strong willed, Williamson has made loads of runs all over the world and is considered among the best in his trade.
The post lunch period saw wickets tumbling, with skipper Kohli falling into the trap of hooking a short-ball into the square-leg hands, boosting the morale of the New Zealanders as they clawed their way back into the match.
Will he follow the strategy that was executed against the South Africans so that winning, regardless of the means, becomes the sole purpose of a contest? Or will the strategy be to prepare a bit more supporting tracks, that may not negate any home advantage, but be fairer for an even fight?
The scenes were reminiscent of a past, long gone by that would resurface in the mind’s eye from time to time only to lament the spectators’ apathy to domestic cricket and the longer format of the game.
As India prepares for one of its lengthiest periods of playing Test cricket – 13 at a stretch – the news making the rounds is more about global television deals, the possibility of a split in world cricket and an ugly spat between the Indian Board and the ICC.
India should realise that they no longer are on the margins of world cricket and instead are its rulers. If they have reasons to believe they are being ignored, or being discriminated against, there are better ways to raise their voice instead of threatening to boycott a major tournament.
India is among the very few countries, apart from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, which does not have a players association that is recognised by their Board
The rise of this new England team, that now sees 50-over cricket as an extension of T-20 cricket and not as a short form of Test cricket, as Ian Morgan put it, has given rise to a new World Record score of 444 and pushed one day cricket into a new age.
The fate of the Review Petition that the Board has filed against the Supreme Court judgment is not known so far as these petitions are heard in the chamber of the judges without any outside presence. According to most experts, such petitions mostly end up in the court’s dustbins and a curative petition could face a similar fate, if the Board decides to file one after the review petition fails.
In that context organising matches in Florida may have been significant, but two things on Sunday acted as a dampner.
If India accepts this experiment as a permanent fixture, it will push Test cricket into the floodlit mode quicker than anyone expects.
It is a tribute to the talent, grit and resilience of its players and their passion for the game, that match-fixing bans, lack of finances and the machinations of its board have not dampened their spirits.
The five-bowler theory, which the team management stuck to with almost obdurate zeal, has all of a sudden been abandoned. What should have been a normal move – getting back a fit Murali Vijay in the playing XI – is now riddled with bafflement.
Virat Kohli’s team selection for the third Test may be open to debate, but the very fact that the Indian captain had to offer explanations and defend his decisions means that this is an area India is willing to be open about.
On Friday at St. Lucia, Bhuvneshwar, having struggled with injuries, and a forced lay-off, produced a magical spell of swing bowling that has given hope for an unlikely victory for India.
Two batsmen, or let us still call them part-time willow-wielders, as their primary job is something else, led the recovery. Wriddhiman Saha is a wicket-keeper and Ashwin’s main job is to bemuse the batsmen and take wickets.
The exclusion of Murali Vijay was a surprise and the choice of Rohit Sharma over Cheteshwar Pujara debatable in the third Test.
Once hailed as the next Rahul Dravid, Cheteswar Pujara is a shadow of the player who guided India to a win on his debut against Australia.
Justice Markandey Katju’s tirade against the Supreme Court judgement has given breathing space to some well-known names in the cricket administration, who will become history when the Lodha panel recommendations become a reality.
For a batsman, who under MS Dhoni was not sure of his place in the shorter format and not trusted with Tests, his elevation to vice-captaincy for the Windies tour has come as a surprise.
The passion, intensity and knowledge of a West Indian fan perhaps remains unmatched anywhere in the cricketing world.
Cricket made its Olympic debut and exit at the 1900 Paris Games. It will not be played at Rio, but could be part of the 2024 Games
While it is great to watch team India dominate on their tour of West Indies, their weak opponents show the sorry state of Test cricket.
What makes this incident sinister is that a medal prospect is obliquely accusing his fellow wrestler of vendetta and revenge.
Watching Vivian Richards and Sunil Gavaskar in the commentary box sharing their opinions on the Antigua Test with the viewers, set off a chain of thought that evoked a magnificent era of batsmanship that even the best today would find hard to emulate.
It would be interesting now to see how these radical recommendations, which do not allow conflict of interest not just among players but even the office-bearers of the BCCI, play themselves out
From timeless matches, to five-days, to one-day and now to a three-and-an-half-hour game, no other sport has seen such drastic restructuring as cricket has. Even after these radical changes, no one is sure what kind of future awaits us.
The name West Indies conjures up past images of cricket played at its expansive best. As India begin their tour of the Caribbean islands, nostalgia floods the mind, reminding one of some of the most glorious moments of international cricket.
Explaining at length what that means, Kumble wants the team to symbolise Indian values, like behaving with each other like an extended family and showing respect for the seniors.
Anil Kumble has been in his new job as the Indian coach for only a few days, but by all accounts, he has brought with him a fresh energy and a wave of ideas that he is eager to implement without any delay
Kumble’s story on how he turned from bowling quick to trying his hand at spin suggests he was not averse to change, had a degree of adaptability, zeal and motivation to learn and work hard to reach his goals.
When conditions and behaviour of the ball will transform drastically, the game too will change from what it has been so far.
Indian spin great and former skipper Anil Kumble has also applied for the post of India coach. A total of 57 applicants are in the race for the job.
Muhammad Ali is the one whose fight with the establishment and standing up to the wrongs of a society and a nation, has diminished many other legendary sportsmen.
Just as he has accelerated his way up the ladder in politics, Thakur has done the same in the cricket establishment, which many consider a far tougher arena to succeed in than the political battlefield.
A film driven by a single-point agenda that not only absolves him of all charges but makes him a superman-like character is a bit too ludicrous to digest.
In an age of brute force and violent strokes, Kohli is a touch player who generates power from his powerful wrists and that perfect timing of the bat hitting the ball that defies explanation.
Cricket governance in India is at the cusp of a revolutionary change
India’s cricket-crazy public applauds each time the Supreme Court reprimands BCCI.
India’s hockey team was reduced to playing a catching up game once astro-turf was introduced. Is history going to repeat itself?
The players, young and of impressionable age, pampered by fans who treat them like demi-gods, may not be at fault if they start believing they are above criticism. Since the stakes in sport, more so in a game like cricket, are so high, they are bound to get encouraged by an ecosystem that says “no criticism please, we represent India”.
In the times of a commercial revolution being led by the T20 format, Sammy and his West Indian teammates probably don’t realise what the legacy of their cricket is and why they connect so well with audiences worldwide.
What makes Virat Kohli stand out in the crowd is his intensely focused, fiery eyes that may suggest a man seeking out a goal he has already sighted.
Let us trust our batting order and provide them with strips which allow them a free expression of their expansive strokeplay. Playing around too much with strips to suit your strength is not only a sign of insecurity, it may also boomerang badly, as it did at Nagpur.
If politics divides, sports can bind, as has been the experience of the people of the two nations. When Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi said in Kolkata, “I have got more love in India than in Pakistan,” believe him to be true, as I know most of us who visited Pakistan on cricket tours have felt the same. Let us get on with the game.
Can any team be called favourites for the T20 World Cup? Obviously not, though the kind of cricket India has played in the last month or so does suggest that they would be terribly disappointed if the Championship eludes them.
Erasing the mistakes of the past, that too the kind of which Amir has been held guilty of, will never be easy. But there is little doubt that the return of Amir will only enrich a sport that is becoming increasingly a game dominated by the batsmen.
The Justice Lodha panel recommendations, if implemented in toto, are one such threat that the Indian Board has now decided to challenge in the court of law.
There is little doubt that among the Indian players we saw in action at the Under-19 World Cup, there would be a couple, if not more, who are bound to make a mark in international cricket.
After getting demolished 4-1 in the more traditional format – the one-dayers – the Indian batting might has shown a tigerish resolve in proving to the world who the real boss of this slam-bang variety is.
India needs to find proper ways to dismantle a culture that unwittingly promotes a ‘clique’ to control the selection process.
Hitting centuries and creating records may fetch you a good headline, but it means nothing if these contributions are in a losing cause.
The general consensus emerging from experts in close proximity to the team and the unfolding events is that Indian bowling is good for nothing and is incapable of defending any total, however large it may be.
f you are not giving the fan a complete view of the match, you are illegitimately depriving him, said Justice Lodha about excessive advertising in Indian cricket robbing the fans of important action.
The sweeping recommendations by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee promises a root and branch shake-up of the influential Indian cricket Board.
In one broad sweep, the Justice Lodha panel has made suggestions of such staggering magnitude which have exposed to the core, the selfish, venal and self-serving functioning of the cricket board.
Former judge who probed IPL dealings has set a new template for how to get crowds into the Test matches.
All the India vs South Africa series did was show Test cricket at its worst, so one-sided were the contests.
The lack of overwhelming rejoicing at India’s series win should be a matter for introspection and not outright condemnation.
Maybe an insipid ambience and an empty stadium would be a perfect foil to the high pressure series which would keep India and Pakistan on the edge and jangle the nerves of cricket fans.
Just like the Lodha Committee is forcing the Indian Board to mend its ways, it is time the Delhi government does the same with the DDCA, even if it comes at the cost of not being able to host a Test.
Test cricket is a dying spectator sport, especially in India, and when a venue like Mohali, with no cricketing tradition, is created, people are bound to give it a miss.
The poor quality of batting was more to blame for the mess that the Indians created for themselves than any venom in the bowling.
The big scores, the triple hundreds, the double hundreds he has scored is testimony to his stamina and talent.
Zaheer Khan, who retired from international and first class cricket on Thursday, was an exceptional fast bowler with the mind of a cunning, crafty spinner, exploring all the different angles a ball could traverse before it reached the batsman.
The Indian side lacks spine in the middle-order, has very little to offer in the lower order and the bowling is neither restrictive nor penetrative.
I, from my own experiences in the past, having been a witness to many such and even worse incidents on the cricket field, find the simplistic explanations of these violent reactions from the crowd not explaining the whole truth. It is not always easy to figure out why a crowd, a mass of people collected at one venue, behave the way they do, particularly when they target the same players whom they worship and idolize otherwise.
Shashank Manohar, judging by the pronouncements he has made immediately after assuming office as the Board president, seems to be a man in a hurry. The task is enormous and if the Board does not usher in reforms, it knows it will be forced to implement major structural changes which the Lodha panel is likely to recommend soon.
Shashank Manohar is a man of few words, not given to hyperbole and verbosity, which cricket administrators are generally fond of.