Virat Kohli defied the law of averages by losing the toss yet again – don’t let that man near a casino! – but who needs the advantage of a toss win when you captain a team as good as India? As they aptly demonstrated in the final two matches of the T20I series against England, overturning a 2-1 deficit into a memorable 3-2 win, they are just as capable of setting a massive target and … Read the rest
In my previous blog post on Tuesday (waddya mean you didn’t read it, why not?!), after India had won the second T20I against England in Ahmedabad, I concluded rather presciently:
‘On to round 3. It would be disappointing if this match was also won by the toss-winning team, but given Virat Kohli’s penchant for losing tosses – he’s lost 4 out of 6 so far – England should go in as favourites, not because they are … Read the rest
Win toss, win match.
The second T20I match between India and England in Ahmedabad neatly flipped the narrative of the first; in this case, India won the toss, they chased, they won comprehensively. No doubt there will follow a plethora of pompous posturing on how India are world beaters and where England went wrong, mirroring the plethora of pompous posturing that followed the first match on how England were world beaters and where India went wrong.… Read the rest
After losing the toss and subsequently being drubbed by England in the first Test, it was inevitable that India would throw their toys out of the pram and produce rank turners for the following matches. Two wretched dust bowls where the ball turned from day one equalled two wins.
Congratulations, India. You showed the cricketing world that you play spin better on spinning pitches at home than England. No shit, Sherlock. But what about the cricket? … Read the rest
When discussing the fine art of commentating, the legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud famously said the key was “to never insult the viewer by telling them what they can already see”. Can someone please tell the modern cricketing pundits?!
During Day 4 of England’s enthralling first test against India in Chennai, at a crucial point in the match, just after tea, with England pushing on to try and give themselves a big 2nd innings … Read the rest