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Batting failure of Indians at Manchester in the fourth test

India: 1st innings 152 Dhoni: 71, Broad gets 6 wickets Indian batting is again the cause of concern as their batsmen crumpled like a nine pins while facing the onslaught by the English bowling battery. Stuart Broad pocketed 6 wickets. Murali, Virat and Pujara left without scoring. Only the Indian captain showed some resistance on the first day of the fourth test match against England being played at Manchester. The Indians had a disastrous commencement after they decided to bat first after having won the toss. The Indian team now needs to understand that batting has again let them down which had cost them the third test match. England have like always utilised the conditions well. Anderson and Broad know the length and areas to bowl. They mixed it up well using the occasional short ball to their advantage. The Indians should follow the famous adage that ideally during a match the bat and the ball should do the talking after the Jadeja-Anderson episode. India is again saddled with headaches after they have once again failed to perform with the bat. It seems the Indians are still rattled with their loss at Southhampton. The Indian bowling attack does not have the capability to dismiss the English team twice or get 20 wickets that are essential for winning any Test match. The Indians seemed totally lost and need to find their spirit to fight back at the earliest. On the other hand after close to a year England won their first Test win. From the high at Lord’s Indians seem to have lost their track altogether. Reversal of fortunes can be pitiless in sport. India’s 266-run loss in the third Test at the Ageas Bowl left the five-match series level at 1-1. Now their callous batting in the fourth test seems set to make them ready for plummeting to another defeat at the hands of the English team. The Indian team was dealt a cruel blow with Ishant Sharma being injured just before the third test from which they never seem to have recovered. India lacked passion and a dip in endeavor was a genuinely portrayed though their irresponsible batting. M.S. Dhoni’s men are totally unfit for playing a long series of test matches and that too abroad. Fatigue was evident in the way the seamers bowled in the England second innings. While this caused Bhuvneshwar Kumar to go off the mark and Mohammed Shami thrash about for line and length. It was also a point to consider that during...

Star Sports Pro Kabaddi : a new era

Following on the steps of IPL leagues Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League has got on track in a phenomenal way. It has generated an unbelievable reverberation whose echo can be heard among the sports loving Indian fraternity with aplomb. The curiosity and flutter has created ripples which are of unusual. The opening night brought to the fore the unique string with which sport endearing pulls at the heart of the people of a land where it has originated. The Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League is an eight city franchise based league that portrays lively and entertaining kabaddi games telecast to over 22 million television viewers upon commencement. Kabaddi has rattled up a buzz on all social networks. Since India is star crazy the presence of bollywood stars at kabaddi games stirred up the others who were not witnessing the hum that kabaddi has cast upon India. The ripples of enthusiasm soon spread their tentacles far and wide to attract others who have readily decided to join in the fray to renew a classic sport. Star sports want to restore the glory of kabaddi and is toiling very hard towards achieving it. The opening set of matches was scheduled at the NSCI, Mumbai. The matches will be played for 4 days each across 8 host cities culminating with a finale in end August. Kabaddi has its roots in Indian mythology. It has a tradition too of tournaments that date back 100 years. Kabaddi was a demonstration sport in the 1982 Asian Games and made its debut in 1990 in Beijing. The eight teams of Pro Kabaddi League are Bengal Warriors, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Bengaluru Bulls, Telugu Titans, U Mamba, Dabang Delhi, Puneri Paltan and Patna Pirates. Kabaddi enchants with the skill and speed that are its hallmark. It requires no infrastructure and the professional competitions are held on...

Sunil Gavaskar claims that Indians lost at Southampton for complacency

Gavaskar had severely criticized the touring Indian cricket team for their terrible performance in the third test match against England at Southampton. Gavaskar said that the team was in the habit of getting complacent after a big win. The Lord’s win seems to have affected the Indian cricket team and became the cause for their dreadful loss. India went down by 266 runs in the Southampton Test. On the other hand it was evident that the extreme condemnation faced by England aided them in regaining their team momentum and form of several key players. Sunil Gavaskar slammed the Indians for their complacency. He added that Indians could not take the appropriate advantage of playing against a totally demoralized side. He was depressed about the slip fielding among other things of the Indians. “Zero resistance” is the word that Gavaskar used to explain India’s miserable surrender on the fifth and final day of the third Test while they had six wickets in hand. He claimed that apart from Ajinkya Rahane none of the other batsmen applied themselves and hence could not stay at the wicket. The former Indian captain duly appreciated Jimmy Anderson’s supreme bowling effort however he could not fathom Indian batsmen’s total submission. He recommended all Indians to play with a straight bat and wait for the ball to come on to the bat. He expected Murali Vijay to do much better things considering his present form and Cheteshwar Pujara to play the long innings he is known...

India succumb to England in Third Test

England 1st innings: 569/7 declared, 2nd innings 205/4 declared India 1st innings: 330 England has won the third test match against India at Southampton in the ongoing series of which two tests remain. Set a target of 445 runs to win India lost 4 quick wickets including the prize wicket of Kohli. It seemed just a matter of time before the Englishmen would claim their victory which has been elusive for them for a long time. Indians seemed to have taken the English team too lightly after their win at the Lord’s in the second test match. It seems appropriate for Dhoni to be questioned as to how he expected to bowl out the English team with a bowling attack that has only one bowler in the form of Kumar. With Ishant ruled out due to injury and Pankaj too rusty to be effective, Jadeja at most being a run blocker and Shami off color it seemed a very hapless and ineffective bowling battery for Dhoni to have got together for a crucial test match abroad. England seems to have made amends after going down in the second test at Lords to trail behind in the test series by 0-1. Cook the batsman seemed to have driven himself to form and so has Ian Bell. The mammoth target on the shoulders of the Indian batsmen seemed to have taken its toll on the famous batting line-up as they have succumbed to it in both innings of the match. The woes of the Indian batsmen lay severely exposed as Anderson and Broad swung the ball. This indeed showed that despite adding an extra batsman in the form of Rohit Sharma at the cost of Stuart Binny was too costly a mistake for India. It is indeed introspection time for Dhoni to look into the aspects of Indian bowling that has been responsible for England having amassed a mammoth 569 and 205 in their respective innings. India ended the 3rd day at 323/8 that apparently seemed sufficient for a day but given the number of wickets fallen it was very disappointing indeed. The poor shots by the Indian batsmen gifted many of the wickets to the English. The most crucial factor of the match lay on Dhoni’s performance for India on the fourth day. Not only scoring the requisite 46 runs to avoid follow-on should have been on his agenda he should have struck to the ground and remained grounded leading by example from the front. It was his dismissal by...

Indian cricketers are disappointed at Anderson verdict

The Indian dressing room was united in their opinion that Anderson must question his own behavior. Indian cricketers are also dismayed that James Anderson has been found not guilty in the Trent Bridge incident involving a spat with their Ravindra Jadeja. The case was adjudged on the basis of one team’s word against the other due to unavailability of any video evidence. The alleged pushing incident took place in the only small corridor that was not monitored by the ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit cameras. Hence Anderson was not prosecuted as it could not be established that he had indeed pushed Jadeja without any provocation. Anderson admitted to pushing Jadeja but added that he was acting in self-defence as Jadeja had turned around aggressively towards him. The not-guilty verdict in the Anderson-Jadeja hearings has indeed been a distressing element on the disciplinary front in the India vs England test series currently going on in England. England had Stuart Broad, Matt Prior and Ben Stokes while India had their physiotherapist, Evan Speechly, Gautam Gambhir and R Ashwin. The hearing went on for over six hours with the judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis presiding over via video link from Australia. In the last over before the lunch break Anderson the bowler was seen having a word with Jadeja who had just survived an appeal off Anderson’s bowling. Then the incident occurred as the players were walking off for lunch on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test. As the players were walking through the narrow corridor following the stairs there was more exchange of harsh words and shoving and pushing which was initiated by Anderson according to the Indians. The Indians reacted by saying that Anderson should not have ignited the issue off the field as Jadeja retorted back a second time off the field. Even Indian captain Dhoni has supported Jadeja and reiterated that skirmishes on field should not be brought back and Anderson indeed had crossed his...

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