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HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014

India VS Australia 2013: News

Dhoni the batsman is good news for Indian cricket

Australia disregarded the pitch and played to their strength by picking four seam bowlers and one spinner. India, with a bowling line-up more suited to the conditions, will have an edge as this fascinating Test continues to evolve. Sanjay Manjrekar writes.

No bad blood, says happily retired VVS

The last time there was a Test at Hyderabad, it was overshadowed by the controversy surrounding VVS Laxman's retirement, with the theory doing the rounds that skipper MS Dhoni had pushed him into doing so. HT reports.

India need to be proactive and play aggressively

While India departed Chennai with a big psychological advantage, they shouldn't think that will automatically lead to a win in the second Test - otherwise, they could quickly find the series level. Ian Chappell writes. Ian says

Time running out for Bhajji?

Much like captain Cook's marathon innings in the first Test at Motera, captain Dhoni's scintillating double hundred against the Australians in the first Test at Chennai is also anticipated to have the same impact on this series. Aakash Chopra writes.

Bhuvneshwar making most of limited abilities

The more I watch Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the more I am impressed with him. Wicket-less in his debut Test, it was great to see him make an impact straight away in the second. Sanjay Manjrekar writes.

‘Cricket needs more characters’

Big Merv must have loved every moment in the stands on the opening day of the second Test, especially the afternoon session when Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag brought alive the crowd by playing along to their calls.

Pujara, Ashwin achieve career-best rankings in Test arena

India's middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have achieved their career-best rankings in batting and bowling, respectively in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings released here today.

Dhoni finding that inner calm again

Those who have followed MS Dhoni's career closely wouldn't have missed that extra enthusiasm in his celebration after India wrapped up the Hyderabad Test. Normally a smile would be followed by the uprooting of a stump for his souvenir collection. Firoz Mirza reports. India's best, at least statistically | Captain's corner

India seem to be ready for a new era

Australia’s second innings collapse was swift and comprehensive but wasn’t unexpected. There have been obvious signs for a while that this team could struggle against good spin bowlers and the retirement of Mike Hussey only added to the perception. Ian Chapell writes. Ian says

Charge of young brigade a great sign for future

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, none of whom have played more than 14 Tests, were the chief contributors to that triumph. Sanjay Manjrekar writes.
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