It Has Been a Path-Breaking Tour of Australia

Winning a series down under has always been the dream of each and every Indian captain. The fact that Australia hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Indians is no hyperbole. The series played in 2003-04 happened to be the last instance where the Indians managed to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Australian soil. Sourav Ganguly’s men succeeded in keeping the Aussies at bay throughout the series and managed to salvage a commanding draw in the 4th and final test match of the series after scoring in excess of 700 runs in the first innings. Consequently, the series was squared and the Indians managed to retain the silverware.

Approximately 15 years down the line, Virat Kohli’s men have defeated the Aussies comprehensively across formats. It certainly would be no hyperbole to state that there’s a wide gulf that separates the current bunch of Aussie cricketers from the ones who played in the 2003-04 series. Back then, the Aussies had some of the finest cricketers in world cricket. You had the likes of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and Michael Bevan in the batting department. The bowling department was no less impressive, with tried and tested names in Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, and Glenn McGrath tormenting the batters frequently. Continue reading “It Has Been a Path-Breaking Tour of Australia”

MS Dhoni@36: The old, wise ‘Yodha’ in a team of youngsters

As the Indian selectors set their sights on building a core group of cricketers as part of the team’s preparations for the 2019 edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup, the men in blue have begun solving ‘The Riddle of the Middle Order’. A few experiments have been undertaken, a pool of players including KL Rahul is being rotated, and some of them are being assigned specialized roles. Indian skipper Virat Kohli too, told the cricket pundits across the globe to expect an array of changes in the days to come as the team plans to chart-out a roadmap for the marquee event. Continue reading “MS Dhoni@36: The old, wise ‘Yodha’ in a team of youngsters”