MS Dhoni’s instructions to bowlers from behind the stumps are invaluable. India's encounter with Australia on Sunday was a case in point. Keeper MS provided valuable inputs into wickets of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell.
The ‘knowledgeable’ Chennai crowd will come to the stadium armed with their VV Kumar yardstick when India face Australia in the first of the five ODI-series beginning at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Sunday.
India-Australia face-off is devoid of frenzy, as both teams are preparing for bigger battles in the months ahead. None of the nervous suspense or edgy anticipation has brimmed over to the limited-over series.
For wrist-spinners, perceivably, pose more threat with their ability to turn on any surface, than an offie without the doosra or a flat, restrictive left-arm spinner, who were the fad before the wrist-spin resurgence.
It's not just infrastructural incompetence or decades of geographical alienation that has stymied Jaffna cricket, in the pre-war days, Jaffna was a cricketing powerhouse, but also societal and class disparities.
Mohammed Shami might, at times, looks chagrined, like when a fielders drops a sitter. But you seldom spot him scowling or stare at batsmen, let alone spew expletives, he doesn’t even stare back at them. So much so that he’s an anachronism.