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31 December, 2020

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Many partying to celebrate the New Year despite the Covid-19 pandemic may not be aware how did this celebration begin.

Was it due to the Gregorian, Julian or Roman calendar?

Never mind!

Today's youth, globally, are not pertinently curious or concerned about how the New Year celebrations originated.

It's a surprise that this celebration first began about 4000 years ago in ancient Babylon, in Mesopotamia.

Babylon's ruins are located in present day Iraq.

SEO-powersuite-christmas-sale-2020-65%It was the Roman dictator Julius Caesar and the astronomer named Sosigenes he hired to sort out the calendar that gave birth to January 1 being celebrated as the New Year.

According to History, Sosigenes advised Caesar to "do away with the lunar cycle entirely and follow the solar year."

The solar year was followed and adopted by the Egyptians during that period.

So, with Sosigenes's guidance the year was calculated to be 365 and 1/4 days.

History says: "Caesar added 67 days to 46 B.C., making 45 B.C. begin on January 1, rather than in March."

As per Hindu belief, they follow the Lunar calendar and consider the month of Chaitra (March to April) as the first month of the year.

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28 December, 2020

Test Victory In The Bag, India Need 3 More Changes To Win 3rd Test




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Mahindra Group tweeted this after India's 8-wicket Test victory at the MCG on Wednesday: "
This match should be studied by psychologists & motivational experts to understand & appreciate the turnaround."

Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, the man of the match, summed up this turnaround in three words: Character, Intent, Attitude.

So Mahindra's recommendation to psychologists and motivational experts would be to include these three traits, CIA, into their study of the match.

The word 'Character' confounded commentator Harsha Bhogle who felt that it was being used increasingly. Bhogle, originally from Hyderabad, became more curious when legends Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar too used 'Character' when summarising the series leveling victory.

'Character' is indeed a popular term used in Mumbai's cricket world from where all three Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Rahane rose to fame.

The word is used loosely to refer to someone's eccentricity as in "He's a character" as well as to explain a person or team's positive side as in "They showed great character".

Together, Rahane and head coach Ravi Shastri, who's also from Mumbai ended up using the most appropriate of the several meanings Character, Intent, Attitude have in the English dictionary. 

These, for themselves and for the entire revamped team, without Virat Kohli, another Mumbaikar Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.

Implementing the true meaning of these three words or terms on the field was a herculean task.

However, all of India's 11 players, two of them debutants, successfully applied them against an opposition, playing at home and riding on the back of a thumping victory.

"Really proud of the players. Credit to debutants Gill and Siraj, they showed 'character' after the loss in Adelaide, " News18's CricketNext quoted Rahane saying after the match that was the 100th Test between the two sides.

Whatwears WW Rahane also had a message for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and selectors when he indicated that Gill and Siraj benefited immensely from the extensive first class level cricket they had played before their debut. "When you play first-class cricket and then come here, it becomes really easy for the captain," Rahane said.

As humble as his nature is, what Rahane did not broach or boast about is how he made each team member believe and follow his own example that is: 'Patience is virtue.'

His patient, calm and composed approach throughout the match rubbed off on his teammates. 

Jasprit Bumrah used it to for himself and while tutoring newcomer Siraj on how perseverance with poise brings results.

Rahane showed remarkable patience like the popular bird
The Shikra


The Shikra is known to display immense patience in hunting down faster moving preys such as the squirrel and rodent.

Rahane, whether he was batting, taking crucial DRS decisions, making bowling changes, exhorting his bowlers and fielders to remain focused, was stoical.

As the stand-in captain, he has immediately accomplished Part One: Helping India level this 4-Test series 1-all.

By doing so, he even emulated Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record of three successive Test match wins as captain.

Part Two of his goal now would be to improve upon his shrewd selection of players, bowling changes, reading of the pitch and opposition during the 3rd and 4th Tests and ensure India leave Australia victorious in the Test series.

If he achieves this feat, he'll have unintentionally staked a claim or stoked a debate for a separate or specialist captain for Tests. 

Rahane did acknowledge the fact that the last five Aussie wickets were a tough nut to crack for him and his bowlers.

This is, perhaps, one grey area that he and the Indian thinktank need to strategize on.

Berrylook WW He may also do well to figure out what could be done with Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara, India's two top order batsmen who have been sorted out by the Aussies.

It's not about their form. It's about the chinks in their armor that the Australian bowlers have figured out in the four innings each that Agarwal and Pujara have batted.

In such a circumstance, it would be only wiser to make few more changes in the team for the better.

Could the likely playing XI for the 3rd Test be?:

Rohit Sharma
Shubman Gill
Cheteshwar Pujara
Ajinkya Rahane (C)
KL Rahul
Rishabh Pant (wk)
Ravindra Jadeja
Ravichandra Ashwin
Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Siraj
T Natarajan or Navdeep Saini

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MCG Test Now A Matter Of 'Patience Is Bitter, Result Is Sweet' For India

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Team India are on the cusp of a series levelling Test victory. 
Indian team celebrates a wicket. 
Pic courtesy: BCCI.TV & Getty Images

Australia and their fans are hoping India become complacent again and collapse like 
they did in Adelaide, for 36. 

They have four wickets in hand and are 2 runs ahead in their second innings, with India to bat last.

For an encore, they have Pat Cummins and Adelaide Test debutant Cameron Green at the crease, followed by Cummins's New South Wales mates Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

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Among the five, only Green has come into the team as a batsman who can bowl. Together, they are expecting they'll be able to gather runs on Day 4 (Wednesday) and  dismiss 10 Indian wickets for a win.

The only difference this time around is: They are facing a revamped Indian side, in positions and attitude.

From Boxing Day to Day 3, also called the Moving Day, this Melbourne Test has offered valuable lessons from India's perspective on how to stay calm, composed, have patience, not allow a previous huge defeat affect your psyche  - all when you are away from home and have been forced to make four changes to the team, including two debutants.

Stand-in captain Rahane's exemplary patience is helping himself, his teammates and India. He has become a prime reference point for explaining to anyone how patience is a virtue.

Debutant Mohammed Siraj, who has impressed former Australian players watching him bowl, said this during the press conference after the end of Monday's play: "Jassi [Bhai - Jasprit Bumrah] was constantly telling me to have patience and the result will come. The wicket was not offering anything. So, as a senior he [Bumrah] suggested we bowl more dot balls and build up pressure."

Onsitego [CPA] IN As a fan, you'd have felt India made a rush of their effort when they resumed batting on the third day, 82 runs ahead. They lost five wickets for 49 runs, leaving Australia to first wipe off a deficit of 131 runs.

Aussie legend Shane Warne, from the commentary box, revealed that skipper Tim Paine had charted out the future course already in his mind.

Warne said Paine was confident that even if India leaves them a lead of 150, Australia's batting had the power to score 350 runs and make a match of it.

When they batted, Bumrah exposed a glaring weakness for the benefit of other bowlers on how Steve Smith can be tamed, Ravichandran Ashwin showed the hosts there could be several new variations to off spin bowling that their batsmen need to learn, Ravindra Jadeja gave a display of accurate bowling and Siraj exhibited how a debutant can turn incisive with encouraging support and advise from seniors.

There's little this Rahane-led side could do wrong when they step on the field on the fourth day.

As Siraj informed the media, their focus will be on not doing too much as the wicket has turned slow.

The last four Aussie wickets will get into the arena knowing that India's bowlers will bowl in specific areas, bowl lot of dot balls and build pressure, will  not give them easy balls to play, and will not do any trial runs with the tailenders.

The only option Paine's boys have is to bat like top order Test batsmen. 

Updated scorecard: Ind vs Aus, 2nd Test, Day 3

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27 December, 2020

Patience, Intent To Win Sessions Taking Rahane, Team India Forward

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At 32 years and 104 years, Ajinkya Rahane probably realises that he may not get another opportunity to play Test cricket in Australia after this 4-Test series.

Rahane celebrates his ton.
Pic courtesy: BCCI.TV and Getty Images

On Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, he let his 104 not out convert all the empathy, sympathy, dejection, anger fans and critics had for him over the years into

He has seen several downs in his cricketing career at the international level. As the stand-in captain, he hasn't allowed a flicker of down or negativity shackle him or his teammates.

"This knock was all about patience. He was patient, and more importantly when you are playing such a high-quality bowling attack, sometimes you go in that shell and you are not able to score runs. 

JOCKEY [CPS] IN "The way Ajinkya [bhai] played, it was such a magnificent knock to watch from outside. How to see off those tough periods, the loose balls that he was getting he was making sure he was putting all of them away," Cricbuzz quoted debutant Shubman Gill saying.

Gill, who admitted he played a poor shot when on 45, was in fact the first Team India top order batsman to show intent in standing up to the Aussie challenge.

His 61 run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara laid a suitable platform for Rahane to step on and carry India's fortune into a dominant status.

Rahane took that platform several notches as he stitched constructive partnerships of 52 and 57 with Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant, followed by the still strong century stand with Ravindra Jadeja.

Fans are noticing a positive attitude without any toppings of aggression in all 11 of India's players in this second Test.

It's as if Rahane, whose inherent nature is calm and composed, has waved a wand and spread these traits to the entire team.

There has been no wild celebration by the bowlers, neither from the batsmen after achieving something big in the two days of dominant cricket they have played, coming from that pathetically low phase in Adelaide.

They are increasingly playing "we are there for each other" roles and winning sessions.

Their such an approach has perhaps unnerved the Aussies who have balked at the opportunities coming their way.

Rahane now has another three days to ensure he and his teammates continue winning majority of the sessions and the Test.

The Aussies are reputed for bouncing back menacingly when they have their backs to the wall. Their biggest negative feeling was visible when they failed to grab a wicket after taking the second new ball.

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Their shoulders dropped even more when they floored crucial catches, twice from Rahane's bat.

Both Rahane and Jadeja are experienced to have observed this sense of dejection among the Aussies. They'd be working hard to sustain this stranglehold.

You can expect them to bat long and pile on additional pressure and lowness in the host's camp.

Aussie legend Shane Warne had predicted that Tim Payne and his boys will decimate India at the MCG.

On Sunday, Warne was lost for words on what strategy Australia should be adopting to win back the initiative from India.

Patience, intent to win every session, and executing plans correctly are the current buzzwords in the Indian camp.

The onus is on them to repeatedly implement these buzzwords for the next three days and then during the next two Tests.

With Rahane at the helm and most others from the playing 11 in sync, you get a strong feeling that India will turn up trumps in this Test and carry that triumphant momentum into the New Year, 2021.

Updated scorecard: Ind vs Aus Day Two

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26 December, 2020

Rahane Wins Over Fans As Bowlers Follow bAsics, Repeat Domination

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India's revamped team with Ajinkya Rahane at the helm are playing ball. 

And the 
India's bowlers celebrate.
Pic courtesy BCCI.TV & Getty Images
Aussies aren't happy.

Pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins tried tormenting India's frontline batsmen for five overs at the end of the day. However, debutant Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara bravely withstood the onslaught.

India's hurting fans, unable to digest that historic Adelaide second innings slide of 36, wouldn't have taken another poor day from their team gentlemanly.

Instead, Rahane with his stand-in captaincy and bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandra Ashwin and another debutant Mohammed Siraj more than convinced fans that the Adelaide collapse was indeed an aberration and we need to move on optimistically.

The session that unfolded on Day One at the MCG after Australia chose to bat contained most of the spicy ingredients a riveting Test match needs to have.

Rahane's strategy of blunting the off side and having a leg gully for his pacers and Ashwin could have been successful only when the bowlers implemented the plan with their deliveries.

"Obviously today, they came out with a heavy leg-side field and bowled very straight and didn't give us any scoring options to the off side," Cricbuzz quoted Australia's top scorer Marnus Labuschagne saying.

CricketNext quoted former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting summarising Rahane's leadership on the day: "Rahane's field placements, bowling changes have all been pretty much spot on. With captaincy, making bowling changes and changing the field, you need guys to be able to execute well. Some of the wickets they got today, even Smith at leg slip early on, I think that was a set plan."

It is known that most Test captains strategise before the match with help from the team thinktank. However, when the team steps on the field, the captain is solely responsible to steer the ship successfully.

On Boxing Day, Rahane showed exemplary captaincy skills. 

However, he initially has the next four days followed by two more Tests to help India win this series. If he succeeds, he'll unintentionally force a debate for a separate or specialist captain for Tests.

Rahane's shrewd tactics were matched by Bumrah, Ashwin and Siraj. These three bowlers combined their unique skills with the bounce, swing and turn the MCG pitch offered to restrict Australia to 195 in their first innings.

Gill then rounded off India's appreciable performance during the day with his disciplined batting on debut. As a fan, you only pray that Gill is allowed to continue with the way he played Starc, Cummins and Nathan Lyon on Day One.

Any advise from the batting coach or the head coach must wait after his innings ends. The way he negotiated Australia's top bowlers indicate he's destined for a big score on Sunday, Day Two. Puma [CPS] IN


25 December, 2020

World Test Championship Final Must Be Goal, Motivation For Rahane-led Revamped India

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Boxing Day means wrapping gifts in boxes and giving and not wearing gloves and getting into the ring.

Team India, spearheaded by Ajinkya Rahane have this herculean task of starting well tomorrow in the Boxing Day Test.

They'll have to start so well that their performance at the end of Day One must rekindle the confidence of Indian cricket fans. 

A brilliant day's performance would act like a soothing gift to the hurting fans.

India's former captain, batting legend and commentator Sunil Gavaskar was quoted by Australia's 7Cricket in a tweet saying mockingly: "All I can think of is the Indians are in a Christmas mood. Giving their Christmas gifts a week early."

Gavaskar, who's back in the news and trending, had said those words after Prithvi Shaw had dropped Marnus Labuschagne during the first Test.

Related story:  Team India Need These 5 Upgrades, Not Knee-jerk Player Changes Ahead Of 2nd Test

Samsung [CPS] IN Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has left captaincy, the team and Australia after speaking his mind on the "lack of intent" by team members.

He believed this missing intent and complacency from a 69-run first innings lead, triggered their historic 36 second innings all out and defeat in the Pink Ball Test in Adelaide.

In Kohli's paternity leave absence, Rahane will lead the side using several changes to the team that played the first Test.

KL Rahul was obviously primed to fill the void Kohli has left. 

However, the team thinktank seem to have decided otherwise and continue to make him sit in the dressing room.

Mohammed Siraj too seem to have edged Navdeep Saini in contesting to take up injured Mohammed Shami's place.

Shubman Gill, among the brightest batting talent who has caught the eye of legends Sachin Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Allan Border and few others is definitely expected to replace Shaw, whose form is suspect.

Fans will have lot of questions to ask as specialist Test wicket-keeper Wridhiman Saha is benched and Rishabh Pant asked to play instead.

There's also update that Ravindra Jadeja has passed the fitness test and has qualified to earn his place in the playing eleven.

On their part, Australia have indicated that they'll continue with an unchanged team from the first Test.

The Aussies have their tail up and will be looking to consolidate their position atop the ICC World Test Championship.

Rahane-led revamped India have this World Test Championship final in June 2021 in the United Kingdom as their biggest goal and motivation to bounce back into the 4-Test Border - Gavaskar Trophy series.

"It's important to be prepared but you can't pre plan anything in a Test match," Kohli had said while he was in Australia, adding, "Test cricket is all about encountering situations and reacting to those situations to the best of your abilities."

He had also told the media that "Jinks [Ajinkya Rahane] has done a tremendous job in the two practice games, the tour games that have happened and he seems to be very composed and he knows the strength of our team and how we need to go about it.

"I'm sure he'll do a tremendous job in my absence."

Die hard Indian cricket fans would want to jump at these bold statements from Kohli and before you could check the English version of this popular saying, scream out "tumhaare mooh mein ghee shakkar."

The Alerting message is: The Aussies pre plan few things before a Test match. They are likely to have worked out a different plan than bouncers, fuller length deliveries for the second Test.

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20 December, 2020

Team India Need These 5 Upgrades, Not Knee-jerk Player Changes Ahead Of 2nd Test


India vs Australia | Border - Gavaskar Trophy | 1st Test, Adelaide Review

There's a flurry of news and development about major changes to India's Test team after they bowed down to an ignominious defeat to Australia in the only Pink Ball Test in the 4-Test series, played at Adelaide.

The manner of defeat -- lowest Test innings score of 36 -- is indigestible for Indian cricket fans. Most of them have let loose their ire on the social media.

The sadistic ones have involved Virat Kohli's pregnant actor wife, Anushka Sharma as a

distraction for India's flamboyant skipper. 

Agreed. They have their freedom of expression and as long as they haven't used profanity, they can be ignored.

However, if the news of major changes for the second Test by the Indian thinktank or selectors is true, then this ought to be knee-jerk. 

Such a drastic act is uncalled for, especially when you have two former India captains and allrounders at the helm - Sourav Ganguly as the cricket board (BCCI)'s president and Ravi Shastri as the Team India coach.

KL Rahul replacing Kohli who has proceeded on his paternity leave and Mohammed Siraj coming in for injured Mohammed Shami are understood as they are unavoidable.

Even Shubman Gill taking the place of Prithvi Shaw is acceptable as his inclusion upfront for the first Test could have, probably, changed the result.

The fourth replacement news of Rishabh Pant for Wridhiman Saha if effected would be a knee-jerk response. Pant has been talked about for his lapses as a wicket-keeper and impulsive approach as a batsman.

In comparison, Saha has been labeled as the best Test wicket-keeper batsman India has after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's exit.

This change may not help build that confidence the team needs ahead of the second Test, under a new captain, Ajinkya Rahane. 

Here are the 5 upgrades the team needs instead of major player changes:

1. All 11 Need To Be Ready as Batsmen: 

Aussie skipper Tim Payne received encouraging support from tail-enders in the team. 

Most of these tail-enders are frontline bowlers. Similarly, our frontline bowlers can't be spring chickens when their team needs them as batsmen.

They do get batting opportunities in the Indian Premier League. 

With such a large support staff, the Indian touring team also need to find space and time to provide these frontline bowlers batting practice in the nets.

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2. Lack of Intent Needs to Be Replaced By Fledged Intent, Forever: 

It looks unprofessional when the team's captain publicly admits his team showed lack of intent. The skipper was brave to be honest, very candid in his analysis.

However, in a scenario such as a Test match series, such a straightforward admission is likely to sound the negativity knell for the entire team going forward.

Then again, cricket fans would be legit if they question the reason behind this lack of intent. Today's Test cricketers are financially well-fed unlike their predecessors including legends Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev. 

Additionally, these present day players are pampered with an entourage of support staff including physio, massage therapist, bowling coach, batting coach, throw in staff, head coach and so on.

How would those accountable for the team's performance explain this lack of intent given such modernist facilities?

3. Be Aware Of Your Weakness, At All Times: 

When they had curtailed the Aussie batsmen to a 62-run first innings deficit, the Indian bowlers were hailed as a more potent weapon compared to their counterparts.

All this changed when Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins ran through India's famed batting order in a matter of 21.2 overs in the second essay. The pair were then seen as being taller, having height advantage apart from knowing home conditions.

The truth is, the Aussie thinktank, bowlers and coaches, seem to have gone into a huddle and deciphered that the hit-back formula could be - fuller length deliveries when executed with near precision and focus.

As you know now, they put the plan into action with aplomb.

4. Bowlers, Attempt No Bad Balls:

"Your first ball has to be any of your best ball you bowl," said Aussie bowling legend Glen McGrath. Hazlewood, who's likened to McGrath for accuracy received his baggy cap on his debut from his predecessor.

On the third day, Hazlewood later said, "I was ready to go from the first ball. No warm up balls."

With his first delivery of his opening spell, Hazlewood had Mayank Agarwal back in the dressing room.

In contrast, India's bowlers, led by the hard working Bumrah didn't seem to be affected bowling loose balls while trying to defend a meagre total of 90 runs.

Here's where the team's bowling coach and head coach who himself has been an economical bowler during his time, need to instill the "No bad balls" as a habit in every bowler that gets into the Indian team.

5. Get Rid Of Corridor Of Uncertainty:

Failure makes you reach for a valid reason that has caused it. Often, an excuse could be bandied about as a plausible cause for the debacle.

Team India has gone through such a situation narrowing down their second innings batting collapse at Adelaide to Aussies Hazlewood, Cummins and Mitchel Starc bowling consistently in the area that's called the "Corridor Of Uncertainty" for the batsmen.

You'll agree to the fact that a post mortem of that brain freeze phase would clearly reveal that almost all of India's specialist batsmen were rooted to their crease instead of negating the fuller length deliveries that were aimed at them relentlessly.

Had the top order adopted a nimble footed approach and moved forward to meet the full length balls and bide their time, the result could even have progressed India's way.

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19 December, 2020

India's Famed Batting Exposed -- Full Length, To Lowest Test Innings Score Ever

India vs Australia | Border - Gavaskar Trophy | 1st Test, Adelaide

Day Three Review 

The Indian Cricket Board's tweet wouldn't inform cricket followers that Team India registered their lowest Test innings score.

Captain Virat Kohli too has called for "not making a mountain out of a molehill."

The message is clear. Let's leave the defeat from the jaws of victory as an aberration and move on.

The BCCI and Kohli ought to be reminded that anything historic requires a new one to replace it. You'd want to tell them, this record may not be erased for another 50 years. Maybe, never.

Kohli was asked a specific question on the eve of the Test match about playing and coping with the Adelaide Test at odd hours. His response was: 

"You have a fair idea of how you want to go about things but can't completely plan anything in Test cricket.

Test cricket is all about encountering situations, reacting to those situations to the best of your abilities, understanding when you need to attack, when you need to defend, when you need to bat through the session, end the session well, start the session well."

An Hindi language journalist whom the Indian team's media relations guy addresses as Sir had even reminded Kohli: "The Aussies are known to be good at breaking momentum. You'll need to play watchful cricket by the hour, ball by ball," he said, probably expecting Kohli to provide a headline grabbing reply.

Kohli nodded in affirmation and seconded the thought as if each member of his team was trained into this aspect and knew their professional role.

See video of that press conference here courtesy Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Fact is: India's thinktank didn't seem to have had a team huddle in their hotel or dressing room after their bowlers had reduced the Aussies to a 62-run first innings deficit.

In contrast, the Aussies are likely to have quickly gone back to the drawing board, narrowed down on the targeted approach their pace bowlers needed to take, then implemented the fuller length deliveries with precision.

The rest, BCCI and Kohli will have to live with against their names, is history.

Kohli's post match press briefing, courtesy Cric Mate:

To see the updated scorecard, click here

18 December, 2020

Bowlers Put India In Dominant Position, Fielders Disappoint

 India Vs Australia | Border - Gavaskar Trophy | 1st Test, Adelaide

Team India. Pic courtesy: BCCI.TV & Getty Images


"Our plans are pretty much sorted; ready for all the batsmen we are going to come up against.

We have to make sure we execute those plans consistently and as efficiently as possible to be able to trouble them and get those breakthroughs and dismiss them at the right times during the Test."

You would have taken such strong words delivered by India captain Virat Kohli on the eve of this Adelaide Test match either as a boast too soon or some titillating talk.

At the end of the second day's play, you realize that every word Kohli uttered was not exaggeration. As a leader, he had chosen in his mind to give Indian cricket fans what Reebok's new tag line says: Give the gift of strength, sweat, and style!

And after his clever bowling and field changes along with a flying catch at mid on to see the back of debutant Cameron Green, picked in the side primarily as a batsman, even the ardent Kohli critic would want him to end this Test a winner and proceed on his paternity leave, happy.

India are 62 runs ahead at the end of the first innings for both teams, have nine second innings wickets in hand and three days remaining in the Test to steer the match their way. 

The way frontline bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami bowled out the Aussies to their lowest pink ball innings, suggests that India are progressing to a 1-0 lead in the 4-Test series.

These four bowlers were Top Rankers like India's largest super career platform by the same name. The quartet provided their captain, team and country a comprehensive solution on gaining advantage.

On his part, Kohli has emerged like Ethos Watches, the most trusted retailer for luxury watches in India. Even the opposition has come to grudgingly admit that they can trust Kohli to deliver as a batsman, captain and fielder. 

His captaincy, up until now in this Adelaide Test, has been like Ajio, unique and offering a specially curated collection of brands that are his team players.

There have been few exceptions. Apart from the squandered advantage owing to Kohli's first innings run out. India's fielders showed they badly require the Tutorials Point, where they can go and learn new skills irrespective of the fact that they are playing at the international level.

They dropped about six catches, four from the bat of Marnus Labuschagne. The worst among the floored catches was by Prithvi Shaw, who has convinced critics that he has two left feet when fielding.

The touring Indian team has a specialized fielding coach who has been with the team for a long time now. Whomever concerned need to tell him that he should be telling the players (fielders) to think like Cred and its popular line: Let's just do a simple voice over saying download Cred. No complexities. Keep It Simple Silly!

The other exception was sending Bumrah as the Nightwatchman after the expected early exit of Prithvi Shaw.

Bumrah is now for his team what Zandu Care is for your health - a solution to issues. Former Australian skipper Stave Waugh abandoned the tradition of a nightwatchman.
This tradition originally began with the objective of protecting more capable batsmen in the team from getting out cheaply at the end of the day when there's likely to be poor light and the batsmen are tired.

Sacrificing your frontline or trump bowler as a nightwatchman could be a bigger risk, in this case, than asking Cheteshwar Pujara to step on to the pitch. 

You only hope and wish that Bumrah deservingly sticks to the crease and becomes the seventh nightwatchman in Test cricket's history to notch a century. 

The patience with which he negotiated the last few deliveries from Australia's pacemen on the second day, indicates he could achieve the feat.

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