A MAN who has never played first-class cricket and seemingly has no credentials to warrant being part of a tour is shaping as a key part of India’s quest to win their first Test series on Australian soil.
What DVGI Raghavindraa lacks in cricket expertise he makes up for with enthusiasm and his presence in Australia is evidence of the great lengths India have gone to break their drought in this country.
Raghavindraa booked his ticket to Australia not through a torrent of runs or a bag of wickets but for his throw-down skills. And, it’s believed, he has come with strong recommendations from Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. It has even been suggested in Indian media that he was asked by Tendulkar to fly to his home in Mumbai last month to help the champion batsman with his Test preparations. Continue reading
A cricket enthusiast listed in the Indian touring squad as an “attendant” is helping Sachin Tendulkar prepare for India’s quest to win their first Test series in Australia, reports said on Monday.
DVGI Raghavindraa has never played first-class cricket but what he lacks in playing expertise he makes up for with enthusiasm and his presence in Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald said.
Raghavindraa is being used on tour for his throw-down skills in the practice nets and the Herald said he has come with strong recommendations from Tendulkar and fellow Indian batsman Rahul Dravid. Continue reading
AS if the Australian cricket fan didn’t have enough to worry about.
Hot on the heels of a Test loss to lowly New Zealand comes a claim that Sachin Tendulkar has officially usurped Sir Don Bradman as the greatest Test batsman to have played the game.
Griffith University researcher Dr Nicholas Rohde has used economic theory to compare batsmen from different eras, and says India’s Little Master, who will pad up against the Aussies at the MCG on Boxing Day, is history’s premier willow wielder. Continue reading
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Unlike in Taunton against Somerset a few months ago, it was a relief to see the Indians get off to an encouraging start in the two-day warm-up fixture against Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI (CAC XI), at least on the batting front. Call me skeptical, but after the humiliation India suffered at the hands of England, a positive start to the tour albeit in a warm-up game is heartwarming. Taking into consideration the Indian middle-order’s current form and the fact that they’ve crossed 300 in their very first tour match, setting up decent totals probably shouldn’t be an issue this time around as the series progresses.
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels batting legend Sachin Tendulkar should not receive country’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna ahead of Hockey legend Dhyan Chand.
Azharuddin was quoted in thats Cricket as saying that hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand should get Bharat Ratna before Sachin Tendulkar. Azhar also added that Tendulkar can get the award later but the hockey legend should get the greatest civilian honour ahead of the cricketing legend.
A bumper crowd is expected at the MCG on Boxing Day as cricket fans prepare for a likely Australian farewell to star Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.
Cricket Australia officials are banking on more than 75,000 fans attending the MCG for the opening day of the four-Test series.
MCC visitors passes have sold out for the traditional and iconic post-Christmas sporting event and Cricket Australia is advising fans to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Iconic Sachin Tendulkar has made over 86,000 runs and 237 tons in all formats of the game over the last quarter of a century, yet the Australians feel that seven-Test old off-spinner Nathan Lyon could tie him up in knots in the four-match Test series starting on December 26.
In typical psychological tricks that the Aussies play, former off-spinner Ashley Mallett reckons Lyon could worry the batting legend whom many reckon as the greatest batsman ever to have walked on a cricket field.
“It’s a huge Test for Nathan Lyon, obviously, but I just think a good offie worries Tendulkar more than a good leggie,” Mallett said. Continue reading
Former England skipper Mike Brearley feels that the constant talk around his 100th international century has made Sachin Tendulkar jittery.
“It is not easy analysing anyone sitting faraway. But he does look as if he is jittered,” he said during a panel discussion at the Raj Singh Dungarpur World Cricket Summit here on Monday night.
Brearley, who is also a psychoanalyst, was replying to a query on whether the hype surrounding his long-awaited century of centuries has affected him.
Every sporting great has a life-transforming moment. In the case of Sachin Tendulkar, it was a slap from coach Ramakant Achrekar that made him realise the importance of hard work. Tendulkar revealed that Achrekar’s tight slap — which he called the ‘late cut’ — left a lasting impression on him.
During the celebration of his beloved guru’s 79th birthday at the MCA facility in Bandra-Kurla on Saturday, Tendulkar shared an interesting anecdote from his school days. Continue reading
Let’s make one thing clear, Virat Kohli is an immensely talented batsman. Kohli is at the head of a new generation of Indian batsmen, including Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane that promises the handover of power from the old guard of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman may be much smoother than once feared.
Nevertheless, Kohli’s reaction to his dismissal in the third ODI against West Indies in Ahmedabad was unacceptable. Standing his ground and glaring at the umpire was bad enough, but his mouthing of obscenities and general childish demeanour was more befitting of the type of behaviour seen at Premier League football grounds. Continue reading