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featurecricket6 hours ago

Tranquil Kohli’s 'twitchy' failure means nothing for team India

Tranquil, calm, composed are not some of the words that we attach to the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, however, against New Zealand he was all of that, more than ‘twitchy.’ Kohli as a batsman has always thrived on driving the opponents with his confidence - helping him convert the start into totals.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricketa day ago

The curious case of Ravichandran Ashwin

At the Basin Reserve, the clock in the Indian dressing room was running backwards and none had a clue on what was happening or why it was happening. Virat Kohli and the management turned back the clock by picking up Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI ahead of the in-form Ravindra Jadeja.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket5 days ago

A game of abject surrender gives India fans sense of deja vu

Does it seem like waking up to a dream or wearing that time travel machine to be teleport-ed to the days of early jitters? Surely, it didn’t seem like the team that had just won seven of their Championship games and decimated Australia on the latter’s home soil, just over a year ago.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket5 days ago

IND vs NZ | Basin Reserve Day 4 Talking Points - Stranded Rishabh Pant and New Zealand’s caped hero Tim Southee

On Day 4, India looked resigned for an innings defeat, with the settled batsmen failing cheaply early on in the innings after ending Day 3 on a settled note. For New Zealand, it was another great day on the field and they should be happy with Tim Southee and Trent Boult’s performance on Day 4.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket5 days ago

IND vs NZ | Basin Reserve Day 3 Talking Points - Short deliveries, tail-enders and New Zealand put India in trouble

On Day 3, India’s familiar weaknesses came back haunting in away conditions - nagging tail, short deliveries and the ability to get a huge lead after conceding one in the first innings. For New Zealand, all boxes ticked - lower-order batting, short-ball plans and their tricks to get India reeling.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket6 days ago

Technique the difference between masterclass and a disaster-class in New Zealand

New Zealand and India are two of the toughest places to play, where the technique is a determining factor between a master-class and a disaster class. Even the greatest of batsmen- Sir Alastair Cook, Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar have struggled in comparison to the numbers they put elsewhere.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket6 days ago

Ishant Sharma - the binder and leader of Indian bowling attack

When Ishant Sharma made his stunning debut against Australia, the future for Indian bowling looked bright - before his career faded in International cricket. After the stint under the Australian Jason Gillespie, he returned back roaring in International cricket to become India’s bowling binder.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket6 days ago

Embracing the beauty of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor’s unadulterated genius

It is Wellington and it is King Kane's den. But then again, it is Wellington and it is Ross’ home. In a venue that has made batting an extremely difficult proposition due to its unconventional framework, the duo have stood out as anomalies, owning the audience with many avatars over the years.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket7 days ago

IND vs NZ | Basin Reserve Day 2 Talking Points - Ishant Sharma shines in an otherwise lacklustre Indian performance

On Day 2, New Zealand after a shaky start put the brakes on the lower Indian batting order to take the game away from the reach of the visitors, with India getting 165 in the first innings. The hosts put on a good start and steadily built partnerships which took the game away from Kohli and co.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket7 days ago

Kyle Jamieson - of sticking to plans and reaping rewards on the go

A little more than two years ago, a young pace bowler, answers to the name Jasprit Bumrah, made his Test debut in a country that always favoured his breed. He bowled a ball wide outside off-stump, only to be scampered for an effortless four by AB de Villiers. For Bumrah, reality struck.
Bastab K Parida