Perform or perish, the message for Sehwag had been unambiguous for a long time, more so before the start of the ongoing Test series. The latter is what has been decided for him, at least for now. He must go, the selectors have unequivocally ordered, and justifiably so, for his Test records in the recent past haven’t been impressive. Aakash Chopra
Watching Dhoni captain India over the last couple of years, a psychologist would probably describe his performance as schizophrenic. Ian Chappell
writes. Ian says
He loves twirling his moustache, sports tattoos on his bulging biceps, often comes to training riding customised Hayabusa bikes --- in a nutshell Shikhar Dhawan epitomised everything that was 'larger than life' in Delhi cricketing fraternity till Virat Kohli arrived.
It was only a few weeks back that I saw Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan put on a 100 runs playing for the Rest of India. So, it was really pleasing to see them put on 100-plus runs for India in a Test match this time. Sanjay Manjrekar
Australia won another important toss but as has been the feature of their cricket through this series, they failed to cash in. But in this case there is a chance that their bowlers might bail them out. Sanjay Manjrekar writes.
When Arjuna Ranatunga recently said that cricket would be hit by Sachin's departure, he had a point. Khurram Habib reports.
The slide has been alarming for the most dominant team in cricket history. HT's expert columnist believes the debacle in India has highlighted the fact that the famed Australian cricket system hasn't been working for years now. Ian Chappell
Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Ishant Sharma were warned by umpire Aleem Dar for wildly celebrating the dismissals of Australian batsmen during the third day's play of the fourth and final cricket Test, in New Delhi today.
Beating Australia 4-0 is no mean feat. No matter what the conditions, beating a mainstream international team four times in four Test matches and often well under five days is a terrific achievement. Sanjay Manjrekar
Nicknamed 'Big Show' for his ambitious approach on the field, Glenn Maxwell justified the tag in the Indian Premier League auction. On his fifth trip to India, Maxwell told HT that he aimed to make it a memorable one. Excerpts:
Speaking to HT over phone, Kim Hughes said that a host of factors - inexperience, lack of quality spinners or gamechanging pacers, an inordinate number of left-handers in their top-6 - could spell doom for Aussies. Rohit Bhaskar
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The Test championship mace is out of their reach but a plump prize purse of $750,000 is at stake when India will take on Australia and England clash with New Zealand in their respective series in days ahead.
The first Test between India and Australia is shaping up as a classic confrontation between spin and pace, not just a test of philosophies and battle of wills but each team playing to their respective strengths, writes Ian Chappell.
Congratulations Harbhajan! There are few feats bigger than playing 100 Tests for the country. It takes a lot of hard work, consistency and determination to scale this peak, and Harbhajan hasn't been found wanting on any count, writes Yuvraj Singh
Virat Kohli's childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma is a happy man as the effort that his favourite student Virat Kohli put in at the nets prior to the Australia series has worked wonders for the player.