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featurecricket10 hours ago

A poker-faced Washington Sundar triumphs on a day of Australian Chess

Chess and poker are oddly different sports yet staggeringly similar - both require the best of minds to crack. However, the only thing that makes them different are the stakes on offer and in Gabba, the stakes were high, possibly higher than what a round of poker could offer in Las Vegas.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket18 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Gabba Day 4 Talking Points: Australia’s opening act, Langer’s ‘head’ache and Gabba's magic

On day four, the pitch was doing everything possible - low bounce, tall bounce, multiple edges not carrying, and constantly catching the batsmen by surprise. Amidst all this chaos, Australia got a total of 294, with a lead of 327, to give India a complete day to force a result.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricketa day ago

A battle for ages - Cheteshwar Pujara gets the best of Australian bowlers

Cristiano Ronaldo’s rivalry with Lionel Messi is a known one, with fans holding one’s stature over the other but the reality remains that one pushes the other to compete at the top. Put in the context of Test cricket, the trio of Williamson, Kohli and Smith get the best out of each other.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket2 days ago

IND vs AUS | Gabba Day 3 Talking Points: Josh ‘halcyon’ Hazlewood and Washington Sundar's tall-chips

The Gabba really was Australia’s fortress, at least till the time Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur walked in to bat. But ever since then, the Australian bowling has suffered the wrath, the pain and familiar sorrow returned on Paine’s face, as the visitors reduced the lead to 23 runs.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket3 days ago

IND vs AUS | Gabba Day 2 Talking Points: Rohit’s ‘conversion’ rate and the Green Paine for India

India put themselves in a strong position early on in the day, when Shardul-Natarajan and Washington accounted for the Australian tail, to a total of 369. While they didn’t get off to the best of starts, the duo of Pujara and Rahane made sure that they got to the stumps without much worry.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket3 days ago

Shardul Thakur’s inglorious second-debut shows more worry than promise

In 2003, an athlete making a false start was allowed to make another start and would only be disqualified after a second false start. But by the time the rules changed, the entire landscape of athletics changed, as they were given just one chance and one opportunity to take the lead.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket4 days ago

IND vs AUS | Gabba Day 1 Talking Points: India’s bowling gems and Australia’s batting frailties

When India lost the toss, there was a familiar feeling of uncertainty at the Gabba for the Indian fans but the first spell from the pacers gave enough hopes, with two quicks wickets. However, since then, it has been all Australia, with Marnus Labuschagne riding on his luck to a triple-figure score.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket5 days ago

The Game Plan’nt | How India can(t) beat Australia and breach the Gabba fortress

No visiting side has breached ‘Fortress Gabba’ in 32 years, which means that it’s destined that the second string India ‘A’ team will walk away with the BG Trophy in precisely five days’ time. How they can win is something that’s been widely discussed, so we’ve thrown in a few ideas that could work.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket6 days ago

Hanuma Vihari rides his own destiny and legacy on a tightrope - rather successfully

Walking on a tightrope is not everyone’s cup of tea and neither is sealing a place comfortably in the Indian team, Hanuma Vihari’s cup of tea. Coming into the Test in Sydney, one of the so-called flattest pitches in the country, the pressure was always going to be on Vihari.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket8 days ago

IND vs AUS | SCG Day 5 Talking Points: India’s unwavering courage and the Rishabh ‘Punt’

Test cricket won’t get better than this. It simply won’t. Good bowling, great batting, torn hamstrings, heroic cameos, banter, sledging, controversy, drama - day 5 of the SCG Test had it all. Just when we thought India could not oudo their MCG heroics, here they are, a week later. Phew.
Anirudh Suresh