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Tendulkar shines to give India the edge

Posted by Naif in Team India on January 24th, 2008 - Tags: , , ,

A sparkling unbeaten 124 from Sachin Tendulkar gave India the edge on the opening day of the fourth Test against Australia at Adelaide, a game the Indians must win to secure a remarkable 2-2 series draw. Having won the toss on a typical Adelaide belter, India closed on 309 for five, with Tendulkar’s 39th Test hundred the jewel in the tourists’ crown.

There remains plenty of work to do, of course: India won here four years ago after conceding over 550 in the first innings, a feat Australia replicated against England in late 2006. But if Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, undefeated on six after being badly dropped on three by Matthew Hayden at first slip off Mitchell Johnson as the evening shadows lengthened, can coax runs out of the tail, 400 should be the bare minimum. Another cracker could be on the cards.

India edge it as Australia drop it

Posted by Naif in Australia, Team India on January 24th, 2008

Best and worst
Sourav Ganguly was asked about Brad Hogg’s bowling during the Sydney Test and said “he’s not the worst”. By then he was already on top of Hogg’s dismissal list, and today he fell to the wrist-spinner for the fifth time in his career and the fourth occasion in the series. Hogg, who is playing his sixth Test, has struggled to remove any other Indian, but has Ganguly’s measure.

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Dhoni Refuses To Take Questions On Dravid And Ganguly

Posted by Naif in Controversies, Dhoni, Team India on January 24th, 2008

Mahendra Singh Dhoni refused to take questions on the exclusion of Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly from India’s One-Day cricket side for next month’s triangular series, but defended the timing of the team announcement Tuesday.

India’s one-day captain is at the centre of a storm over claims he asked for the two former captains to be replaced with younger blood.

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India ponder five bowlers

Posted by Naif in Dhoni, Team India on January 23rd, 2008

India vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has revealed that the tourists are considering fielding five bowlers for the fourth Test against Australia, which gets under way in Adelaide on Thursday.

India trail 2-1 heading into the final Test, and wicketkeeper Dhoni believes a strengthened bowling attack could see India square the four-match series.

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Team unaffected by Ganguly ouster: Dhoni

Posted by Naif in Controversies, Dhoni, Team India on January 22nd, 2008

Indian vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday dismissed any notion of disquiet in the dressing room over the furore which has followed the team in the wake of Sourav Ganguly’s omission from the one-day squad.

“I think it has affected journalists more than it has affected us. We are back in the practice session, we trained in the morning, it has not affected us in any way,” said a defiant Dhoni on whether the team’s preparation for the crucial fourth and final Test had been disrupted by the supposed disharmony after the Ganguly ouster.

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Vengsarkar justifies picking youngsters over seniors

Posted by Naif in BCCI, Controversies, Dhoni, Team India on January 22nd, 2008

The selection of the Indian One-Day team for the triangular series in Australia has generated a lot of debate after two former skippers – Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid – were not named in the 16-member squad.

Chairman of the Selection Committee Dilip Vengsarkar has, however, justified the selections for the triangular series saying there is a need for a new look team.

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Team undecided on Adelaide combo

Posted by Naif in Team India on January 22nd, 2008

Team India’s tour selectors are on the horns of a dilemma over whether to play a fifth bowler or and extra batsman in the final Test. India’s vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni acknowledged as much.

“We are yet to decide on that. If we are to sacrifice one batsman, we have to assess the way how our batsmen are playing. It would be a pleasure to play five bowlers, especially as each one of them can be a spearhead,” Dhoni said.

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Axing disrupts India’s Test preparation

Posted by Naif in Controversies, General, Team India on January 21st, 2008

India is fending off angry reactions from home which have put a major distraction into the tourists’ camp ahead of the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia.

Just two days after India posted one of their greatest Test wins, in Perth, effigies were being burned across the subcontinent over the axing of veteran batsman Sourav Ganguly from the one-day squad.

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Dhoni behind Ganguly’s ouster

Posted by Naif in Controversies, Dhoni, Team India on January 21st, 2008

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Prasun Mukherjee Monday claimed that cricketer Sourav Ganguly was dropped from the One-day team in accordance with the wishes of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“Today (Monday) I talked to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sharad Pawar and he said the official policy is that the board does not interfere with the selection process,” Mukherjee told reporters here.

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Dada, (belated) sorry: One-day old order changeth, unceremoniously

Posted by Naif in Controversies, Dhoni, Team India on January 21st, 2008

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India’s ODI and Twenty20 captain, has got the team of his choice and there’s no place in it for Sourav Ganguly.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, the selectors left it to Dhoni to make a call and he pushed for “youth over experience”. That suggests Sourav’s fantastic ODI career (11,363 runs, average of 41.02) is over.

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