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featurecricket7 days ago

Takeaways for India from County XI game ft. The KL Rahul show, Pujara-Agarwal conundrum and Jadeja > Vihari

Playing a tour game ahead of any Test series was the norm before, with the world in the right order. But ever since the pandemic, most of the teams have been forced to prepare for any series with intra-squad games instead, something that India were also subject to, ahead of the WTC finale.
Harshit Anand
featurecricketa month ago

Evaluating India’s opening options for England Tests in the absence of Shubman Gill

With incumbent Shubman Gill set to miss a chunk of the five-match series against England, team India have been left with a decision to make on the opening front. SportsCafe looks at the six possible candidates in the squad, and evaluates the pros and cons of every individual in contention.
SportsCafe Desk
featurecricketa month ago

India's problem isn't lack of intent but adaptability 

'The positive approach that we wanted was there. We played the kind of cricket we wanted to play. Wins and losses are part of this game. We didn't play for a draw. We played for a win. We lost,' stated Virat Kohli post a heart-wrenching loss in Adelaide in 2014.
Harshit Anand
newscricketa month ago

WTC Final | Aakash Chopra rates Indian players; gives Shami 7/10, Pujara 2/10

Aakash Chopra has rated Indian players based on their performances in the WTC final and gave Shami the highest score while handing over Pujara the worst score. He also stated that Rohit Sharma did a decent job and warned people from underestimating his contribution, opening the innings.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricketa month ago

WTC final | Kohli and Pujara’s dismissal to Kyle Jamieson was turning point, feels VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman has pointed out that Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara’s dismissal against Kyle Jamieson was the turning point of the WTC final, that the Black Caps won by eight wickets. Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar also had a similar point of view about the final day.
SportsCafe Desk
featurecricketa month ago

As reality starts to kick in, it’s time for India to confront some harsh truths

Cue the overreactions; when there’s a defeat of this magnitude, they are inevitable.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricketa month ago

WTC Final | Rose Bowl Day 6 Talking Points: Two ends of the spectrum - Jamieson-Bumrah; India-New Zealand

While everyone were staring at a draw when the day started, New Zealand's pacer bowlers, spearheaded by Jamieson turned the fortune around, bowling India out for 170. Needing 139, the BlackCaps openers were dismissed by Ashwin before Taylor-Williamson steered them home to win the WTC final.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricketa month ago

WTC Final | Kohli's dismissal today reminiscent of his struggles against Anderson in 2014, opines Nasser Hussain

England commentator Nasser Hussain has compared the bowling line of Kyle Jamieson, who dismissed Indian skipper Virat Kohli twice in the WTC final, to that of James Anderson in the infamous 2014 tour. Poking at one wide of off stump, Kohli threw his hands to perish to the lanky seamer.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricketa month ago

Shubman Gill will have to work on his footwork, reckons Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar has criticized Indian batsman Shubman Gill for his footwork, after being dismissed against Tim Southee in the second innings of the WTC final. The commentator also pointed out that Indian batsmen have the preconceived notion of playing each ball on the front foot.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricketa month ago

WTC Final | Cheteshwar Pujara could have rotated strike better, feels Dale Steyn

South Africa pacer Dale Steyn expressed his opinion on Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara's need to rotate the strike which he believes will benefit both the batter and the team. Pujara scored eight runs from 54 balls on the second day of the inaugural WTC final in Southampton, playing 52 dots.
SportsCafe Desk