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The Kohli Roar targeted by Justin Langer for Double Standards

Justin Langer believes if the Australia players were to react in the same manner Virat Kohli celebrated the wicket of Aaron Finch, they would be considered “the worst blokes in the world”. Langer also fended off criticism from Sachin Tendulkar over Australia’s slow batting in the first innings.

Langer’s comments showed the level of scrutiny that surrounds Australia on two distinct levels: their style of play and their on-field behaviour. Amid all the swirling fallout from the Newlands scandal, the question is hovering: can the Australian team win without resorting to the sort of behaviour that led to a widespread public backlash? When Fox Sports replayed Kohli’s celebration after Ishant Sharma bowled Aaron Finch, Langer’s answer suggested the team is still trying to find the right balance.

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How will Australia and India Face-Off?

Sidarth Monga in ESPNcricinfo, 5 December 2018 where the title is Is this the tour when Australia-India “rivalry” grows up?”

Australia the country and the cricket team have held a special place in the minds of Indians of a certain age. That certain age happens to be roughly that of the people playing in this team. We grew up watching Australia dominate world cricket. Everything about Australian cricket – the glitz, the hard hits, the bounce on the pitches, the sunburnt venues, the zinc cream, the commentary, even the advertisements – was loved in India. People barely remember the 1987 World Cup, but 1992 they do in photographic detail. Kids wanted to be like Australia, play like them, win like them, look like them.

Virat Kohli and David Warner exchange words Getty Images

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That Summer of Merchant and Mankad in England in 1946

Anindya Dutta, in The Cricket Monthly, 25 June 2018, where the title reads “A dinner in 1946”

It was the last tour by undivided India to Britain. It was the summer of Merchant and Mankad, and independence was around the corner. The year was 1946. England was caught between the exhilaration of emerging victorious from the Second World War and the devastation the war had wrought upon the country, both in terms of people and resources. Rationing was still in place, and the economy was in tatters.For six long years, while war raged, cricket had taken a backseat. There had been little first-class cricket, and the battlefields claimed some of England’s most talented players, like the venerated Hedley Verity. There were only 11 first-class matches in the 1945 season. Nineteen forty-six was the first year when a normal county season was scheduled and Test cricket could again be played. Cricket was seen as a way to restore a feeling of normalcy to a country severely affected by war and its consequences. Lala Amarnath, Nawab of Pataudi snr and Shute Banerjee arrive in England for the 1946 tour

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Oust Kohli, Oust India –Windies Win

Sreshth Shah, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 27 October 2018, where the title is “Shai Hope and Ashley Nurse help West Indies draw level”

This really must be how opponents of Babe Ruth or Michael Jordan felt back in the day. It didn’t matter whether you neutralised the influence of the other eight New York Yankees batters or the other four men in the Chicago Bulls roster. But if you could negate the effect that Ruth or Jordan single-handedly brought to the game, then you were definitely going to win the contest. Simple.

Virat Kohli must give opposition teams the same feeling. After posting 283, West Indies were against the ropes all evening despite only one India batsman going past 35. That one batsman was Kohli, and as long as he was in the middle, West Indies looked unlikely to win. That’s when Jason Holder took his biggest gamble in the 41st over.

West Indies’ Ashley Nurse, right, celebrates the dismissal of India’s Ambati Rayudu during the second one-day international cricket match between India and West Indies in Visakhapatnam, India, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. On the left is India’s captain Virat Kohli. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

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Team not Individual Ego is what counts with Indian Cricket Squad

News item in CRICKET AGE, July 2018, where the title “No Individual Goals In Indian Team, Says Jasprit Bumrah”

Jasprit Bumrah missed out on the limited-over series against England due to a thumb injury that he sustained during the Ireland T20I but was named in the 18-member Test squad. However, he will be available for selection from the 2nd Test onwards. Ahead of the Test series, Jasprit Bumrah shed some light on the morale of the Indian cricket team and what does Test cricket mean to him. “The team, as a unit, is very close. Everybody is really happy. Everybody is enjoying each other’s success. There is no jealousy. Everybody is happy when the team is doing well,” Jasprit Bumrah was quoted as saying by the official website of the Mumbai Indians.”

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Cricket Here, There, Everywhere — with ESPNcricinfo

VISIT http://www.espncricinfo.com/thestands/content/gallery/1058493.html

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Under 19 Cricketing Stars in the Past who made the World Stage

Nishi Narayanan in The Cricket Monthly

Age-group cricket is an established path to the senior game, with performances here occasionally getting more attention than those on the first-class circuit. Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Sarfraz Ahmed, Hashim Amla, Michael Clarke, Cameron White and Denesh Ramdin are some of those who shone in junior cricket and went on to captain their countries in top-level cricket.

India's junior class of 2003India’s junior class of 2003 KM Chaudary / © Associated Press
 The photo above, from the Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Tournament in Pakistan in 2003, has seven players who went on to play for India: (from left) Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu and VRV Singh. Their coach, Robin Singh, (centre, back) himself played national U-19 cricket – for Trinidad & Tobago – before moving to make a career in India.

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Surprises and Losers at the IPL Auction 2018

Indian Express News Item, http://indianexpress.com/photos/sports-gallery/ipl-auction-2018-live-player-price-sold-5041190/

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A Riddle. A Controversial Photograph

ONE: When presenting my summary information on one of the most momentous moments i Sri Lankan cricket when a “Ceylon”team beat India in an unofficial four-day Test match at Ahmedabad in early 1965, I came across two photographs sis by side: one showing captains Tissera and the Nawab of Pataudi shaking hands at the toss and another of a third slip or gully taking a catch. I assumed [wrongly] that this was catch snaffled by Anura Polonowita referred to in phone conversation by Mano Ponniah.

This identification has been challenged by Mevan Pieris … but his reading is now questioned by Darrell Lieversz. So cricketing aficianados must address ths puzzle.

TWO: A Note from HSM “Mevan”Pieris, December 2017

 “The picture which states Polonowita taking a brilliant catch off Fredrick is wrongly stated. Neither the catcher is Polonowita nor the bowler Fredrick who was a short stocky cricketer. The tall bowler I believe is Mevan Pieris and the fielder taking the catch is Lionel Fernando. The wicket keeper is Russel Hamer and slip I believe is Anura Tennekoon. This photograph probably is one taken when the Sri Lanka Board team under Anura Tennekoon’s captaincy toured South India, about 1971. The bowler is certainly not Norton Fredrick. When Polonowita and Fredrick played for the country in India, Russel Hamer was not in the team and the wicket keeper was HIK Fernando. Anura Tennekoon could probably help to confirm what I say.

THREE: A Note from Darrell Lieversz, 30 December 2017

Hi Michael, A friend of mine sent me a copy of your article “Tensions and Tales from Sri Lankan Cricket: An Essay from 2009”.  I refer you to the paragraph and photograph titled “Correction” which I have “cut and pasted” and attached a copy to this Email for your perusal.

It is with embarrassed reluctance that I wish to bring to your notice a further correction to the paragraph and photograph.The photograph was taken in Bangalore (India) at the 1st Test Ceylon vs India in 1963. It is of a dropped catch by Stanley Jayasinghe from Abhas Ali Baig off my bowling. From Left to Right : H I K Fernado (Wicket Keeper), Abhas Ali Baig (Batsman), Dillip Sardesai (non striker), Abu Fuard (1st Slip), Umpire (??), Stanley Jayasinghe (2nd Slip) and Darrell Lieversz (Bowler).

It was a sad moment indeed, because Baig went on to score 96 and was ultimately caught by H I K Fernando off the bowling of Abu Fuard.

However, the article in its entirety is as usual very well written with some incredible facts making it an extremely good read.

Kind regards, Darrell  ….   at full bore then

 

Mevan Pieris in later life

Darrell Lieversz in later life

 

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Sri Lankan Cricketers to miss Virat’s Wedding

Bipin Dani, courtesy of Observer, 23 December 2017, where the title is Visiting Sri Lankan players to miss Kohli’s wedding reception

Members of the visiting Sri Lankan team is unlikely to attend Virat Kohli’s wedding reception in Mumbai on 26th December, it is learnt here.  It is not that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli would not want to invite them but the Sri Lankan players are scheduled to fly back home immediately after the match (24th December) from Mumbai.


Kohli has arranged a second grand wedding reception (the first one was held in Delhi on Thursday) for the members of the Indian team.  Continue reading

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