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Could the selectors have looked around a bit more? I think Manish Pandey has made a strong case and is playing the best cricket of his career.
ICC is trying to keep alive Test cricket, a product that has a glorious tradition but is grappling for relevance in a newer world.
I believe that, except in unforeseen conditions, you always start on time and the losses should be borne by whoever is responsible for the delay.
The athletes will come from places where the downside to failure is relatively small but the upside for success is huge.
If you are a bowler for Pakistan, or a middle order batsman for India, you have already fought your way through tough competition.
Currently athletes fight the system; infrastructure, apathy, society, finance, opportunity and only if they are standing after that can they fight an opponent.
Ajinkya Rahane brings a calm head to most situations and while he is around, the dressing room tends to be calm as well.
There were two big positives and the first of those was symbolic of what we can expect in the Virat Kohli captaincy era.
This series, then, is about more than just the result though, as sport constantly reminds us, belittling the opposition is fraught with danger.
West Indies will be an early Test, Cheteshwar Pujara owns a Test place at the moment but it carries no guarantees.
Virat Kohli has begun channelizing his aggression and Anil Kumble will help him achieve that.
Harsha Bhogle writes that if we want Test cricket to flourish years from now then we have to accept day/night cricket everywhere.
In day night tests, it will be interesting to see how tactics evolve because half game will be played in one set of conditions and the other half in another.
With Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara and Brendon McCullum, we have heard some wonderful orations and long may it be that way.
I find a lot of people talking up Test cricket but that isn’t reflected in the numbers of those watching.
It is now impossible to imagine Virat Kohli as being anything but Virat Kohli of RCB, writes Harsha Bhogle.
Virat Kohli has produced so many gems, and they have been replayed so many times, that you are just tempted to mark another boundary against his name and wait for the next.
Each IPL has produced a player for the future but this edition has been disappointing in that respect, Harsha Bhogle writes.
In the ninth edition of IPL, openers have played studied knocks, ensuring there are no early wickets and not looking as valuable as they did.
It is not easy to bring together stars and youngsters in a competition and that is why, in football leagues and in the IPL, leadership is so important.
Harsha Bhogle wonders about the new talent of Indian cricket where is the breeding ground of it.
Harsha Bhogle pens down his experience of watching the Indian Premier League from home for the first time.
What Brathwaite showed us, and in a sense what Stokes illustrated, was that in T20s, a mistake can have a disproportionate outcome.
Some years ago Rahul Dravid had admitted to being struck about a young Virat Kohli that every time he met him, he seemed a better player than before.
The crafty guys of our game haven’t just survived in this power version of cricket but have actually flowered.
By batting deep, and picking utility all-rounders, New Zealand have allowed themselves to go full throttle up front.
India will probably benefit the most because Ravichandran Ashwin is in the form of his life, and with Ravindra Jadeja, they can bank eight overs.
Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah came together to form an opening bowling combination that nobody could have anticipated.
It is critical too that Yuvraj Singh gets lots of time in the middle because he instils fear in the opposition too.
Don’t be surprised if Dhoni consistently gets three overs out of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina between overs eight and fourteen.
If they can continue to play fearlessly, they will have taken a giant step forward for, in a manner of speaking, they have just embraced the devil.
Virat Kohli's batting was as orthodox as it can ever get in T20 cricket and that means he is playing relatively risk free cricket.
For someone playing his first significant international innings, Manish Pandey's knowledge of how to pace himself and of where to score runs was uncanny.
The physicality of the cricket here has been overwhelming and the fast bowlers in particular have been found wanting, writes Harsha Bhogle.
If Virat Kohli can slip back into the role of a lieutenant, if he can keep looking up to MS Dhoni as leader, it will make the team stronger.
Lodha panel's recommendations is like an earthquake for the BCCI but the rebuilding will strengthen the structure.
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