Kolkata Knight Riders would be ruing their soft batting execution at Green Park which got them losing their second game back to back and left them in a shaky situation for the playoffs qualification.
The grass on the deck meant the scores of 190-200 were not quite realistic even with the boundaries not situated at a huge distance.
Technique had to play its part while setting up the total for the opposition and Kolkata’s main weapon in that regard was their skipper and highest run getter Gautam Gambhir who had got a half century in the last game too.
Rahul Dravid does not believe there is any technical thing to be sorted out in the batting of Cheteshwar Pujara.
It wasn’t much long before that Pujara used to be one o
f the certainties in the playing XI of India in the test matches.
But, that is not the case anymore. The right hander from Saurashtra is still in the scheme of things for India, but, he is in the reserves now and not a first pick.
The no. 3 slot belongs to Rohit Sharma at the moment.
Pujara is all set to be on the bench in at least the first couple of test matches in Sri Lanka.
Paul Collingwood has emerged as a dark horse in the race of England’s coaching job.
Till yesterday, the name of Jason Gillespie was doing the rounds, but, after he concerns that it might not be a right thing to put an Aussie at helm for an emotional series like the Ashes, Collingwood’s name has come into the frame.
Collingwood might be very young for the post of the head coach of a test team, but, he has worked a little bit with the associate nations.
He was there in Australia-New Zealand as the coach of the Scotland National team during the World Cup.
Ravichandran Ashwin has made a good turnaround in the recent past and most of the experts reckon it has happened because he has decided to start relying more on his original skill i.e. to bowl off spin.
After bursting onto the scene with wonderful performances, Ashwin had faded a little bit as he had tried to bring in more and more variations in his bowling, the carom ball and that delivery in which he used to pause a little bit in his bowling action and then, let the ball go.
Jason Holder, the captain of the West Indies One Day International team, is quite capable of becoming a solid middle order batsman in the coming future.
Currently, he is more of a specialist bowler and bats at 8 or 9, but, some of his innings in international Cricket off late have given the indication that he has quite a bit of batting talent in him and if he starts coming slightly up the order, he can be a decent contributor with the bat too for West Indies.
There have been a lot of entertaining teams in the Indian Premier League, but, the Chennai Super Kings is different from all the others.
They are such a ruthless team and they are probably the only ones who are not afraid of losing at all.
The way they play their Cricket, it makes everybody like them. You might not be from Chennai, but, still, you would praise those guys when you see them go about their business.
It all starts right from the very top, the Smith and McCullum pair, the two devastators and they both fire simultaneously.
Graeme Swann believes England has suffered in the ongoing World Cup because of their decision to reshuffle the batting line up.
According to Swann, when you change the batting positions of the players so close to the tournament, they get a little confused how they have to go.
World Cup, frantic build-up and then an anti-climax. That seems to be the way things work when it comes to English sporting endeavours, yet we never learn from our mistakes. We allow ourselves to naïvely become drawn into an unfounded sense of optimism ahead of major tournaments.
Who could forget the national football team’s efforts (if that’s what you call it) in Brazil last summer? Or England’s exit following defeat to France at the quarter-final stage of the 2011 rugby World Cup? In fact, it seems to me that England tend to perform at their best when the pressure is off.
Brian Lara played against quite a few lethal bowlers during his career, but, he reckons the one who troubled him the most was the Pakistani legend Wasim Akram.
According to Lara, Akram had a lot of things in his repertoire. He could swing the ball if the conditions were overcast and there was a bit of zip in the wicket, but, at the same time, he also knew how to bowl on flat and slow surfaces.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar appeared in international cricket after a while today as he was included in the playing XI of India for the Sydney test match.
He bowled quite a few overs, but, the lack of match practice was clear there. He was not being able to run in hard and make the ball zip through and that made people question if it was the right decision to pick him.
Bhuvi was seen spending a bit of time with the team doctor as well on the sidelines. He was holding his ankle.