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Jan 8 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
Posting this one got a little delayed as I wasn't feeling too well, but here's the 9th team, Mumbai Indians. MI came into the auction needing bowlers (both OS & Indian) and needing a number 7 (a replacement for Pollard). They covered a few of the above bases, but not all.
At this point of time, SKY is literally a one man army who's capable of rendering everything around him pointless. Apart from that, MI aren't short of explosive batters anyway in their squad. Their Top 5 can also be alternative LHB RHB if they get the line up right.
Jan 8 • 7 tweets • 5 min read
8th team in my IPL Auction Reviews is CSK. They needed another batter who could do well vs pace and thus they bought Stokes, and like always they showed their preference for all rounders by trying to buy Curran, but due to budget constraints they ended up buying Kyle Jamieson.
The number of all rounders that they have in the mix is something that enables them to have great balance all the time. They are one team which doesn't need to use the impact player rule. And then no home ground favours any IPL team as much as Chepauk favours CSK.
Jan 7 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Like I had said before when people were being critical of selectors, we can't give blanket statements on their performance as long as we don't know what are their actual powers. Similarly, I don't think we can say that it's only money which is a factor that many didn't apply for
What we must understand and realise is that being a selector could be akin to being a scapegoat if captains & coaches are having a greater say in the selections. And I don't think that captains & coaches won't have a say because they are also accountable for results.
Dec 27, 2022 • 12 tweets • 6 min read
Team 2 in my list of previews is Sunrisers Hyderabad who I think did a splendid job in the auctions. Unlike the mega auction last time, where they started on an absurd note and then recovered later, this time they started on a good note and did well throughout.
SRH's OS set of batters is an outstanding one. Markram, Phillips, Klassen are pretty much as well rounded as batters can be in terms of skill. They also play spin quite well which isn't expected from batters outside Asia. Glenn Philips avgs a whopping 85.7 (SR 168)
Dec 26, 2022 • 8 tweets • 6 min read
Will be sharing my thoughts on the squad of every IPL team after the recently concluded auction and if they have improved or not from the previous seasons on paper. Team 1 is Lucknow Supergiants.
LSG in KL, QdK, Hooda, Pooran & Stoinis have a very good Top 5 when it comes to skill. Their bowling and various all rounders make sure that balance will never be their issue. They are one team that can make do without the impact player rule.
Grateful to all those who offered their support today. The way I look at the sport, is to always make an attempt to look at things differently (specially not the clichéd & conventional manner), and in doing that, there are bound to be disagreements, many of them logical, and some
just out of stubbornness to change the convention. And it's also going to bring its share of trolling, coz why not.
Anyway, the point here is, I am not going to shy away from coming up with wild/unconventional possibilities and having conversations on that, because I feel
May 4, 2022 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
There are few issues here with Kohli from what I have understood watching his game in recent times.
1. It's not an intent issue vs spin, it's a skill issue. He realises it, and that's why he tries to turn strike over. Lack of confidence means he's not using his feet enough.
Specially to come down the track.
2. Because he knows he's struggling vs spin, he's trying to over compensate against pace, to push up his SR, and thus becoming desperate, going for shots and trying to muscle a few, all while losing his shape.
3. This hasn't given the desired
Dec 21, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
First quarter ends. Japan has completely dominated India.
So much that India didn't have a single shot on target. India are substituting their goal keeper Suraj Karkera with Krishna Pathak.
Dilpreet gets one back for India in the first minute of the 2nd quarter.
Japan 2-1 India
Nov 2, 2021 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
As a great man once said, sport isn't about revenge. It's about respect & pride. Star Sports have often forgotten this, which has led to some unforgotten second hand embarrassment for Indian cricket fans.
Here's a thread of those campaigns/promos
1. 2012: #AaneDo for home series vs Pakistan. Ind lose ODI series 2-1 2. 2015: #WeWontGiveItBack. Dhoni had even said 'the cup doesn't belong to us. We took it from someone and someone else will take it from us. 3. 2015: Calling Bangladesh 'Bacha' (A kid) before the series.
Nov 1, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
By the way, for what's it worth, I didn't think that intent was an issue with Indian batters. The first 4 wickets fell to attempted boundary shots. KL's dismissal was the most unfortunate one. The only thing different IND could have done is send Pant at 4
and not have Kohli & Rohit bat together vs spin. Once Rohit was out at 40-3 at the 7.4 over mark, there was no way Pant could have attacked freely with an out of form Pandya to follow. KL's wicket was the turning point. India never really recovered from
If you look closely at all the tactical mistakes that PBKS have done in the last two seasons, you'll know that the root cause is that the think tank doesn't realise/accept that T20 is fickle format where you can do most things right but still lose due to freak things. (1/n)
First game last season, they lost to DC in a super over while playing a perfect team, but the result of that was that they dropped their best death bowler in Jordan for the next match and played Neesham at 7, who didn't add much to their bowling or batting. Not only that, (2/n)
Sep 30, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Contrary to what seems to be the popular belief that a 10 team IPL will increase the gap between Top 3-4 teams and others due to player quality, I believe it's the quality of think tanks that will make a bigger difference. You need to look at a PBKS or SRH and see for yourself.
Even DC, one of the successful teams in the last 2-3 seasons, haven't been great with their OS buys. Also, have a look at the players who are on the bench. SRK, Porel, Umesh, Ishant, Mishra, Gowtham, Jagadeeshan, M Ashwin, V Vinod, Sarfaraz, Markande etc can be good additions
Feb 6, 2021 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
So many things wrong in this tweet that I can't even...
1. It's NOT a turning track. 2. Sweep with conviction & be aggresive are two different statements which could easily be mutually exclusives.
3 Field was already spread.
Will explain the 2nd point in the thread below
Cook played the sweep with conviction in 2012 but he wasn't overly aggressive while facing Indian spinners. Plus, sweep is a special shot which not every batsman can play. Pietersen was aggresive in Mumbai but he didn't play the sweep much because the pitch had extra bounce.
Jan 17, 2021 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
Single performances winning you tests are rare, and as a batsmen nearly impossible as a team need 20 wkts to win. So the argument that a player performs in 'wins' is not a good enough to judge someone's ability in any way. Those performances have turned out to be winning
contributions because others have stepped up. Wins only make those performances memorable. On the other hand, what carries more weight regarding an individual ability is the performance(s) that come in a loss, because they truly show where you stand apart from your peers in terms
Jan 14, 2021 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Think adjusting for OS spinners in Asia on their first tour is very similar to how Asian pacers adjust outside Asia. Mostly, the first tour is a struggle regardless of quality because they are not able to judge the right kind of line & length to bowl. Sharing the numbers for Lyon
Swann & Panesar to add some weight to what I want to say.
Swann avged 39.5 & took 8 wkts at a SR of 75.3 in his first tour to Ind (& Asia) (08-09). In 2012, he avged 24.75 & took 20 wkts at . Massive improvement which was also due to one tour each in BAN, UAE & SL.
Jan 13, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
There's a reason why it's called 'PooPindia'. I mean one could easily write an article, make an arguable case for Virat being a better cricketer. The numbers are there for the article to be a good one. But when you're obsessed with tagging your countrymen, this is the best effort
There's a reason why I said this. There is hardly any data to even say who voted for who. Any Indian could have also voted for ABD, and I am sure there would have been some. What would that make them, pro SA? This one publication can only & only label
Thank you @cricvidya team for inviting me. It was a pleasure to talk about the SCG test & discuss the issues around it. Posting the clip where I speak about the issue of racism & how we all must collectively work towards eradicating it by some individual steps by being more aware
of what we say. We must take a leaf out of @Eoin16's book & appreciate diversity and embrace it fully like he did when he spoke of @englandcricket's success in #CWC19 & how diversity was a pillar for it. (2)
Jan 12, 2021 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Mostly I am never in favour of an unfit player or a less than 100% player to be play a game. But considering how this tour has gone by, don't think anyone is 100% fit. Considering India will be okay with Bumrah in India, I feel the call to play him should be left with him only.
If he feels to confident to take the load and is 60-70% percent fit, think the Team Management should back him. But this is such a tough call really. The team has done all the hard work to reach here despite all the injuries and whatever call they take, they will face criticism
Jan 12, 2021 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
You can, because 3 bowlers carrying an attack makes other even more injury prone. Not only that, but the potency is lost as well.
Lords 2011- Zaheer out, Harbhajan, Ishant & Praveen Kumar had to bowl in both innings the majority of the overs.
Bhajji got ruled out after the 2nd Test. Ishant got ruled out for the last one which meant that an unfit RP was bowling at the oval. Similarly Ishant got injured again in Lords 2014 after his 7 fer & a part of that was him bowling a lot of overs because Binny wasn't good enough