Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby PKBasu » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:42 am

I agree, Samarth, Karun Nair is now the incumbent for the next test, and Rahane will have to stay in the reserves until a place opens up for him. The only way he could play is in Vijay's place.

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Postby PKBasu » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:45 am

Ashwin has an uphill battle to emulate Chandra's series record of 35 test wickets today (or even Vinoo Mankad's mark of 34 that held before Chandra broke it). But he achieved an even rarer feat in this series, becoming only the fifth all rounder to get 300 runs and more than 25 wickets in a test series. Ian Botham in his fabled 1981 series against Australia, and Richie Benaud, are the only others to achieve it in the modern era.
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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Sin Hombre » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:14 am

Rahane is our 2nd best test batsman and our best slip fielder, he will start for obvious reasons.


Parthiv already drops Cook :puke:

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Postby Prashant » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:43 am

Sin Hombre wrote:Rahane is our 2nd best test batsman and our best slip fielder, he will start for obvious reasons.



I agree with both contentions about Rahane, but I am still unsure if he will get his spot back.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby jayakris » Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:00 am

Varma wrote:BTW...Congratulations to your region, Jay!

Not region. Precisely the small town. His family is from just a mile away from where I am from. My dad was all elated, though he doesn't know them. His parents left Kerala for work, but apparently they do still visit often. Karun was there recently to do a "vazhipAdu" (offering) at the AranmuLa temple (the same place where I had my "ezhutthinirutthu" - writing the letters for the first time, at a small age). The temple is actually famous because of the "palliyODam"s (original snake-boats) that come with around 50 people each, from some 30 odd villages along the Pampa river (the same river that another 50-75 km upstream comes from the famous Sabarimala temple up in the hills/forest). The villagers in the boats visit the ParthasAradhi deity at the temple once a year and do a non-competitive "competition" race. There is a whole set of vaLLappATTu devotional songs that they sing on the way to the temple (I still know a few of those). Doing a feast for those who come by boats is a sacred offering at the temple. You need to book it way in advance and all that. It's this offering that Karun had done recently, as per newspapers. Turns out that it was in the same week that my sister did one at the same temple too. These are all sweet things for me, because the house where I was born was right by the Pampa river, about a mile downstream of where his family is, with our village's snake-boat sitting right in our property... To know that a guy with that kind of family background went and hit a triple century against the piddly island, is kinda stunning for me! Here is the Malayala Manorama picture of his grandma, aunt and others watching the test on TV at Chengannur! - http://www.manoramaonline.com/news/spor ... house.html

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby ssp » Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:15 am

Day 5 not going too well as no wickets in the first session. 3-4 chances created and 2 bad dropped catches. Can't see us taking 10 wickets in the time remaining.

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Postby Abish arul » Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:23 am

pathetic captaincy from kohli he should have kept the attacking field placement for the first hour of play :damn: and as usual garbage keeping from parthiv :mad:

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby PKBasu » Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:28 am

Yes, I have to concede that Parthiv is clearly a worse 'keeper than Saha, and probably a worse 'keeper-batsman. (He is much the better batsman, of course).

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby PKBasu » Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:32 am

Lovely post, Jay! Love the photo of the family watching their kid blaze to glory from their home near your family's abode.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby PKBasu » Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:25 am

Lively post-lunch session, with Jadeja taking 3 wickets and 1 superb catch to bring the match alive. Six more wickets needed in 36 overs -- unlikely unless Ashwin starts firing soon.

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Sandeep » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:32 am

5 wickets for Jadeja and one stunning catch to dismiss Bairstow. What a cricketer. England 193/6

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196/7, beautiful googly from Amit Misra. One of the best exponents of that delivery. Superb delivery to get rid of Liam Dawson

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby PKBasu » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:53 am

That was indeed the perfect flighted googly, bowling Dawson through the gate. There are few better sights for a bowler than that! (Mishra has bowled too few googlies though: that was his first of the innings).

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Sandeep » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:56 am

I thought Virat Kohli made a mistake by taking the new ball, but first ball Rashid gone. England 200/8

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Sandeep » Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:29 am

Done deal, India won the test and series 4-0. What a performance from Ravindra Jadeja, 7 wickets on a flat/dead wicket. He is my man of the match, hope the jury doesn't get carried away by the triple century

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Re: Test series 2016 (in WI; then hosting, BD, NZ, England)

Postby Sandeep » Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:35 am

Mediocre performance from England team. I hope they do a little better for ODIs


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