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India VS Australia 2013: News

High on MSD, India take fight to Aussies

When MS Dhoni raised his bat on getting to his double ton, the loud cheer and his all-out assault silenced the debate that has been raging over his effectiveness as Test captain and player. Sanjjeev Samyal reports.
MSD blows away Aussie attack

Aussies too aggressive for their own good

Facing a deficit of 192, Australia were struggling at 121 for four. Surprisingly, Wade took on Harbhajan Singh with a presumptuous sweep shot and was bowled. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.

India spin debate still alive

With India on the verge of wrapping up the first Test, it is the Aussies who are groaning in despair, Ravichandran Ashwin having tied their batsmen in knots and their pace-oriented bowling coming unstuck. MVL Manikantan reports.

Greats like Sachin chart their destiny

With Sachin among runs again, one can almost hear a collective sigh of relief across India. At Chennai, the master was on top of his game - composed in defence, decisive in attack. Amrit Mathur reports.

Dhoni's innings was a game-changer, admits Clarke

Australian captain Michael Clarke today conceded that it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni's double century that turned out to be a game-changer as they were completely outplayed by India in the first cricket Test here today.

Stuttering starts remain a worry

Of all the India players on the field, the most frustrated by the stubborn resistance offered by Australia's last-wicket pair of Moises Henriques and Nathan Lyon would be openers Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay. Sanjeev K Samyal reports.

In a quandary over spin options

Having watched the copious turn afforded by the Chennai pitch, skipper Michael Clarke can assume the track for the second Test in Hyderabad would be similar. MVL Manikantan reports.

Ability to rebound proof of Ashwin's cricketing wisdom

India's win at Chennai was scripted by towering performances from two cricketers with strong Chennai connections. Both performances are also great news for Indian cricket going forward. Sanjay Manjrekar writes.

Good for India if Dhoni bats at no 6: Dravid

Former India skipper Rahul Dravid today suggested that MS Dhoni should consistently bat at number six in Tests as it can potentially change the complexion of the side in abroad series.

Clarke could join the elite 13,000-run club: Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell has heaped praise on Michael Clarke, saying the responsbility of leading Australia has only got the best out of him and tipped the current skipper to emulate his predecessor Ricky Ponting by scoring 13,000 Test runs.

Old training field prepares Bhuvneshwar for new battle

The time that Bhuvneshwar Kumar got between the one-day series against England and the Test series against Australia, was utilised by the medium pacer to practice at the Victoria Park Stadium in Meerut.

DRS not there but umpires getting idea of nicks in close calls

Deprived of the Decision Review System due to India's steadfast opposition, umpires could be taking advantage of an anomaly in referral rules.

DRS: Umpires find a way out

It is well known that the rest of the cricket world has no issues with the Decision Review System (DRS) but the BCCI, and its senior players are opposed to it, pointing out that technology used is not fool-proof. HT reports.

Some praise must be reserved for flat tracks

While they have their weaknesses against the moving ball, India batsmen develop great ball sense due to the volume of deliveries faced. Sanjay Manjrekar writes.

Cheteshwar should avoid playing hook shot: Father

Whenever Arvind Pujara watches his son Cheteshwar bat in a Test match, the doting father in him turns into a coach who is more keen on dissecting his favourite student's game.

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