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Interview with a vampire bat.

by Naked Cricket

Not really, but I had my fangs out when answering questions on cricket and Bored Cricket Crazy Indians (BCC!)

A sampler for starters:

Hello Gaurav, tell us a little bit about yourself.
 
I was the kid with the bat. I’m still the kid with the bat – the bat, ball, stumps. I’ve always found someone to play cricket with, be it my neighbour, Roop, street urchins, strangers on a beach, the temple park, in a non cricket playing nation, anywhere; I just got to gatecrash a game and bowl or bat those 1-2 balls. And that’s how from a B. Com to becoming a copywriter to setting up my own ad shop, I’m now neck deep in cricket, be it writing, cartooning, tweeting or talking about it, to anyone from a cop off duty to a rickshaw man to chat shows on radio, the internet or TV. Cricket makes me connect with strangers like an accident. Before you know it, you’re intimate.

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After Under-19 team, Rahul Dravid to coach retired cricketers

by Naked Cricket

Legend says new challenges keep him refreshed
You would think that coaches at the Under-19 World Cup have precious little free time. Not Rahul Dravid though. After the shellacking handed out to Nepal by his wards, he made a courtesy call on the vanquished side.
He emphasised the need for strike-rotation, even taking a dig at himself, "I'm a good one to speak, as I often would get stuck at one end myself. Guess you live, you learn, you become coach and you get to preach".
By the end of his session, he had the deflated Nepal side in splits. Some of the Nepal U-19 players wanted autographs which Dravid obliged with individual messages - everything from "Rotate strike" to "Outside off not leg".
Dravid also spent time in the Pakistan and Canada camps, talking to their coaches, managers, players. In the Pak camp, he lightened the mood saying he won't be able to answer all their questions because even though Pakistan beating India in a World Cup match is highly unlikely, if it does come to pass, he could be tried for espionage.
Plenty of selfies were taken in spite of stiff resistance from Dravid, "Hey, I'm an old-fashioned guy, used to cameras without phones".
After the Mankading incident in the West Indies - Zimbabwe match, Dravid was requested to meet both the teams and share his opinion on the incident. For once, Dravid didn't take the bait and excused himself claiming he had pressing coaching assignments. When asked, which team, he laughed, "surprisingly, my team!"
Buzz around the U-19 World Cup is that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has requested Dravid to consider taking a mentoring role for upcoming cricketing nations.
It is also learnt that Dravid has been offered a fresh assignment by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) - "to coach out of shape retired cricketers who are hell-bent on making fools of themselves" by taking part in tournaments such as Cricket All-Stars (played in the United States) and the Masters Champions League (MCL), currently being played in the United Arab Emirates.
A furious BCCI senior official thumped his table as he made a strong point: "We can't have our legends playing as if they've never played cricket before. What other nations do with their retired players is their business but we want Rahul Dravid to replicate his Under-19 success with the seniors"
Sourav Ganguly, (Libra Legends' captain in the MCL), who pulled out because of a back spasm even before the tournament started, could well be his old teammate's first assignment. There are rumours that once Ganguly regains fitness, his new coach will be a hard taskmaster when it comes to fielding drills and running between the wickets, something "Dada" has never quite enjoyed.
Dada said he was fine with Dravid as coach, as long as "that Greg Chappell doesn't accompany him".
Dravid's appointment as coach of retired cricketers could also see him looking into players who are no longer active on the field but active in other unsavoury ways. The BCCI has long seen Kambli as a wild child and it is believed that Dravid could talk some sense into the once prolific school cricketer who failed to live up to his potential in the Indian team.
Sachin Tendulkar refused to comment on Dravid's latest assignment.
VVS Laxman, on the other hand, more than made up for him on TV: "Sooper! This is very good of BCCI to appoint Dravid I must say. I have full faith in Dravid that he will do an excellent job to the best of his abilities and will get the full support of the players, I mean retired players hehehe... Even I can't wait to restart our partnership, hopefully we will train in Eden Gardens hehehe. We have good memories of that ground... hehehe ok commercial break? Take it, I'm not going anywhere hehehe..."
Meanwhile Virender Sehwag (captain of Gemini Arabians) shot from the hip when he said, "Retirement is for relaxation, hope Rahul Dravid doesn't make me train too hard".
(However plausible this might sound, this is largely a work of fiction.)

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Stuart Broad swears to bowl a maiden to Yuvraj Singh

by Naked Cricket

The world refuses to let Stuart Broad forget that fateful night in Durban.
It was more than eight years ago, and akin to being mugged in broad daylight. Broad was only 21 and playing in his eighth Twenty20 international.
His tormentor, Yuvraj Singh, was batting in only his third innings. Broad knew of Yuvraj or Singh-2 as they would call him, Harbhajan was always Singh-1.
Previously in the tournament Singh-2 had scores of 1 and 5, threat perception was low to moderate. That night Singh-2 became just Yuvraj Singh to the England team.
Broad has tried his best to move on, especially when he hopes to lose himself on the internet. But that’s when it all comes back to haunt him.
It’s common knowledge that Stuart Broad loves searching for Stuart Broad on the internet – always looking out for the top searches and YouTube videos.
But no, nothing has changed. Even today, that "damn video" of Stuart Broad being hit for six 6s tops Stuart Broad searches. "How can I move on? Will Google ever let me? What do they have against me?" a distraught Broad almost yelps out.
A ranting Broad continues: "Does anyone even know that I bowled 7 dot balls in that spell? Everyone only remembers the six 6s. Yeah right, they don’t even know other than that over, I was only hit for one more six and one more boundary. But people are quick to judge you. How can they call me Yuvraj’s bunny to this day? I despise these people as much as I despise KP and you can quote me on that."
It appears matters have come to such a head that Broad now wants to rewrite his past. How? Does he hope his influential father, Chris Broad, will tinker with the scorecard? No.
Broad believes it must be done ethically on the field of play and that too in a World Twenty20 match between Yuvraj and himself. When informed that India and England are in separate groups in the World T20, Broad is unfazed and claims to have done his homework.
"I know" he says with that smug knowing smile. "I’m not a walker and I don’t intend walking away from this one," he quickly adds, even more smugly if that were even possible.
Stuart Broad feels that there’s a strong chance that India and England will play each other in the semi finals or the finals.
"What better place than Delhi, Mumbai or Calcutta to bowl a maiden over to Yuvraj. Ideally, I’d like it to be the final over of the match – six runs needed for a win. Me bowling. Yuvraj batting. Imagine that. I have it all sussed out. Each and every ball I will bowl to him. I have been planning this for years. My time will come. First ball. Dot.
Second ball. Dot. Third ball. Dot. Fourth ball. Dot. Fifth ball. Dot. Sixth ball. Dot. India win by 5 runs. Oh I got excited there, I mean England win by 5 runs! Hurrah!"
When contacted Yuvraj Singh said he was surprised that Stuart Broad was still playing cricket.
(However plausible this might sound, this is largely a work of fiction.)
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May the four be with you

by Naked Cricket

Over to Raina, Yuvraj, Jadeja and Dhawan

Even before Suresh Raina had faced a ball in the third Twenty20 against Australia, this tweet was sent:
In the recent ODI series against South Africa, Raina had fallen to extravagant shots way too early in his innings against leg spinner, Imran Tahir. Raina was dismissed by Tahir on the third and second deliveries he faced for 3 and 0, on both occasions trying to hit out.
Facing leg spinner, Cameron Boyce’s second delivery, Raina came down the wicket aiming to deposit the ball in the Sydney Opera House.  Instead, wicketkeeper, Cameron Bancroft missed a note and a stumping. Raina st Cameron b Cameron 0(2) was not to be.

Rain went on to play some fine angles behind the wicket. While one century and two fifties fell short, Raina’s 49 took India across the line.

Often because of his Test career, Raina appears to be a rookie. He made his ODI debut over 15 years back. He’s played over 220 games. His batting average may only be 35 but he strikes at nearly 94. Dhoni has often spoken of how Raina is one of the few players who can hit the big shot from the get go. Lately, Dhoni even defended Raina’s dismissals against Imran Tahir.

Dhoni has and continues to believe in Raina. In the Srinivasan era, this belief in Raina meant a confirmed ODI spot. Off late, not so hunky dory. After the defeat in Bangladesh, quite a few regulars, including Raina, were rested and Ajinkya Rahane was made captain for the Zimbabwe tour.  After the series loss against South Africa, Raina was not picked for the one-day series against Australia.

Raina’s lack of one-day form though has not been confused with his value as a T20 player. By now you would’ve heard VVS Laxman wax ineloquent on Suresh Raina being the highest run scorer in the IPL.

That’s the least of it. His T20 international average and strike rate are nearly as high as his IPL numbers and he has a high percentage of not outs, so you can expect him to close matches. Raina adds value as a fielder (you don’t need VVS to tell you that) and will turn his arm round in Indian conditions. And by now you would know, Dhoni doesn’t want one dimensional cricketers but players who have an added skill, “like Raina like Yuvraj, who can bowl that one or two overs if need be”.

Yuvraj Singh’s international strike rate is 12 more than his domestic one – 144 to 132 – his international average is 5 more than his domestic one, 32 to 27. And you don’t need VVS or Dhoni to tell you what he’s won India. While Yuvraj has often fallen short of expectations for his IPL franchises, it has little bearing on the hopes he raises when playing for India.

So does India pick Yuvraj on a prayer? Or to tease his dad? Or to tease themselves? In the course of his first hit in the middle, it shifted from baffling to becoming, when dots added up, only to be cleaned out, with a flick for four and a smack for six.

Oh, Yuvi.

He bowled in all three games and dismissed Glenn Maxwell twice even before either bowler or batsman could settle in. Unlike the other left arm spinner, Ravindra Jadeja, who can crank it up to Kumblelike speeds, Yuvraj is slow, and the ball seems to reach the other end, almost belatedly.

So far it has all been about Jadeja’s bowling, the batting hasn’t been tested for a while - his highest score is 25, average less than 10, strike rate less than 90. Slated to bat after Hardik Pandya at eight, Jadeja’s batting wasn’t required in the series. In the IPL though, Jadeja can be a bully with the bat, recall his early days at Rajasthan Royals or that match when he laid siege on the Mumbai Indians? He scored 25 off 11 balls to undermine Sachin Tendulkar’s only T20 century.

It’s debatable whether Jadeja can still close games like Faulkner used to; what, these days even Faulkner can’t. Just as Yuvraj and Raina are batting allrounders to stretch it, Jadeja is very much a bowler first. The World Twenty20 on Indian tracks is a godsend for Jadeja. He could be one of the players of the tournament with a Swisslike precision with his bowling, fielding off his own bowling (refer Watson caught and bowled in second T20), diving catches in the outfield (refer Lynn catch in third T20) and of course, do reference all those missile throws from the deepest boundary outposts.

From ‘rockstar’ to ‘sir’, Jadeja continues to evolve, and unlike most modern cricketers, he really does let his cricket and VVS speak for himself. Possibly, by the end of this World T20, Jadeja would earn himself another nickname.

Perhaps the most worrisome left handed batsman of the lot is Shikhar Dhawan. As an opener in 11 matches, he’s yet to score a half century. To his credit, the sample size of 11 matches is small and he did make his highest score, 42, in this series; he followed it with a whacking 29 off just 9 balls to set up the chase in real earnest. At his best, Dhawan is capable of homicidal batting, that too when the others seem to be failing collectively. As he’s often shown in the other formats, he can go through magical phases where he scores in clusters just like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are doing now. If either or both Kohli and Sharma go through a run drought, he could be the man to bail India out on top. The team management has backed him through some lean patches, and it’s obvious, Dhawan is India’s first choice opener along with Sharma.

When India won the World Twenty20 in 2007 they had three left handed batsmen: Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan. This time they have four.

To paraphrase Star Wars, “May the four be with you”.

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Breaking: Record number of Pakistanis jailed during Virat Kohli's innings

by Naked Cricket

Is this the price true cricket fans must pay?
First, a tailor by the name of Umar Draz paid the price for being a Virat Kohli fan in Pakistan. Kohli smashed 90 not out in the first Twenty20 against Australia. 
Overcome with joy, Draz hoisted the Indian flag. The police moved in and arrested Draz. He now faces 10 years in jail. 
Draz however did explain to reporters: "I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. I support the Indian team because of Kohli. Hoisting of Indian flag on the rooftop of house only shows my love for the Indian cricketer."
If that wasn’t enough, there was a candlelight vigil across Pakistan in support of both Umar Diaz and Virat Kohli during the second T20 match against Australia. Fans carried the Indian flag along with larger than life cut outs of Virat Kohli playing his favourite cut short.
Virat Kohli went on to smash 59 off just 33 balls with seven 4s and two 6s in the second match. His Pakistani fans couldn’t be happier. It is learnt that the jailed Umar Draz hoisted the Indian flag on the rooftop of the prison.
Before which he had already plastered his cell walls with Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma posters. How he got his hands on these posters no one knows. It is believed that the jail warden is a huge Virat Kohli fan and encouraged Draz.
Pakistan’s police force is being pushed to the limit arresting Virat Kohli fans across the nation. They have asked the army to shift Draz from the prison and put him under house arrest.
The army, on the other hand, wants the Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) to take over the case claiming that Draz is a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent posing as a cricket fan.
It is also being learnt that Pakistan is pushing India for secretary level talks to discuss what they call the "Virat Kohli problem" and how he is corrupting an entire generation of youngsters with his "obscene batting".
India, on the other hand, called it Pakistan’s internal problem, not wanting to interfere in it. So far Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has not called his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi but with at least two India-Pakistan matches over the next few weeks, matters could get far worse.
There is still one T20 to be played on 31st January. Virat Kohli is yet to be dismissed in the series and has climbed the ICC rankings to become the world’s number two T20 International cricketer.
There is news of further demonstrations across Pakistan, this time an outcry against the ICC rankings. Saina, a 20-something passionate Virat Kohli fan had the last word when she snapped,
"Virat Kohli is number one batsman in the world, stupid ICC rankings don’t even know that." She was subsequently detained refusing to let go of the Indian tri colour.
(However plausible this might sound, this is largely a work of fiction.)

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Can Dhoni, Yuvraj and Nehra turn back time?

by Naked Cricket

Welcome to India’s 30+ club in the T20s
Even before India's first T20 against Australia, there's been some forced flushing out of players largely because of injury. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ajinkya Rahane are out. Neither of them is central to the plot as they're still in their 20s. The mainstays of the 30s theme are captain Dhoni, and two left arm bowlers, Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj, a bowler? Yes. When Yuvraj last played for India in the 2014 edition of the World Twenty20, he hardly bowled. One over to be precise against Pakistan, 13 runs off it, and that was that - in the five games that followed, Yuvraj did not once turn his arm over. Incidentally, in the first edition of the World T20 in 2007 (in South Africa), Yuvraj bowled in just one match - three overs, and went for nearly 13 an over. Has Dhoni worked it out with his astrologers that Yuvi should only bowl once in the World T20 for India to win it?
However, Yuvraj bowled much more in the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka (which naturally India didn't win) - 13.4 overs to be exact, in five matches grabbing eight wickets; the T20 world meet was followed by five T20s in India where Yuvi bowled 13 overs grabbing seven wickets.
Whether Yuvraj bowls or for that matter even plays in the coming World T20 will be determined by how he does in Australia, and in the excess of T20s that follow. Will he make it that far? Many may question his inclusion but once he's in the team, aren't you just hoping he takes flight?
To make good of his selection, will Yuvraj have to bowl an over or two? Where will he bat - before Dhoni or after, will India look at him as a wham-bang impact hitter, coming in towards the end, that elusive finisher? Can India afford to put him through the going-nowhere innings of that last final in Dhaka? (11 off 21, you remember?)
Yuvraj's selection is based more on his 50-over form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy than his scores in the SMAT (Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy), the local T20 tournament. Otherwise scores of 5, 2, 54 and 0 wouldn't have booked his flight to Australia.
(Incidentally, both Yuvraj and Ravindra Jadeja, the other left arm spinner, have both bowled in 22 T20 international innings, some surprising revelations. Yuvraj's stats: 23 wickets, average 16.78, economy 7.19, strike rate 14. Jadeja's stats: 14 wickets, average: 37.78, economy 7.27, strike rate 58.8).
And what about good old Nehra? He last played for India in the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan - 2 for 33, thank you very much. This season, he's played only a couple of T20s and a solitary match in the Vijay Hazare Trophy; he turned up for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) last season and didn't do too badly at all. Also Nehra's presence in the field will ensure Ishant Sharma is not missed by India.
As a designated No 11, Nehra will take his batting as seriously as any No 11 does, and his returns could exceed Umesh Yadav's, but don't count on it. If Nehra's bowling mojo clicks, like Yuvraj, he can win games in the blink of an eye. If it doesn't, he can get dreary, and India will collectively find someone to blame other than politicians. Either way, Nehra, much like Yuvi, will break the internet.
As will Dhoni. T20s in Australia have been rough going for India. Often India's 50-over specialists and IPL wonder boys don't transplant too well to the bigger grounds. The buck will stop with Dhoni. These three T20 games could seem a lot longer if results are anything like they have been in the past. The IPL aside, Dhoni has never really warmed up to this format as a batsman, more so in the last few years - he is yet to score a T20 International fifty, his highest score being 48 not out. Also, his strike rate drops to 116 from 135 (in the IPL, SMAT etc).
In a time when Dhoni's favourite 50-over format is threatening to zip past him, keeping up with the frantic, kneejerk hitting in T20s could be a rather stern test.
Either way, the next few months could be our last time to see these three turn up for India. Or is there a twist in the tail-end of their careers? If so, it'll be quite something but don't count on it. Sport can be brutal, even to the greatest of them all.

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