Tag Archives: Virat Kohli

The Age of Kohli

1 Nov

168917At 24, Virat Kohli has achieved a lot. He is hurtling towards 5000 ODI runs, has just notched up his 17th century, has 4 Test centuries to accompany them and a lucrative deal with his IPL franchise, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, sees him captain a group of superstars. His brash manner on the pitch and his mannerisms off it have earned him a reputation as a bad boy, as well as plenty of adoring fans. He is the modern day Indian rock-star – with all the skill to set the world alight.

And it all started so gloriously inauspiciously, too. He scored 10 on his First Class debut against Tamil Nadu in 2006 (aged 18), did not bat on his List A debut and made 35 on his T20 debut a year later. In 2008 he made his ODI debut, and again failed, scoring just 12 against Sri Lanka. Two years later on his T20 international debut he scored 28* to win the game against a weak Zimbabwean team and when he got his Test cap in 2011, again, it was an occasion to forget. He scored 4 and 15 against the West Indies, and it didn’t get much better in the 2nd and 3rd games of that series – a sum total of 57 runs in 3 innings summed up a miserable start to his Test career.

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Should Sachin have retired earlier?

14 Oct

sachinAmidst the inevitable emotional outpouring that followed Sachin Tendulkar’s announcement last week that he’d retire after his 200th Test, one of the ever-present criticisms of his recent career was temporarily silenced. Should he have gone earlier?

When Andrew Strauss retired, he did so earlier than everyone was expecting: a year before an Ashes series, he deprived himself of the opportunity to win yet another series against Australia. Similarly, Michael Hussey caught everyone by surprise when he announced his decision to retire – none more so than the Australian team, who have been struggling to fill the void his retirement has left ever since.

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England need tinkering, not wholesale changes

28 Jan


The curse of the ‘pretty good’ ODI series has fallen over England once again.  With the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas and the Dalai Lama in residence, the final match took place in Dharamshala which England somewhat irritatingly won.  I say irritating as it did – to a certain extent – mask England’s failings in this series.  The fact that India beat England in this series because their bowlers were too good is a fairly embarrassing state of affairs.  However, England did win two matches with a severely understrength team, which is impressive.  So I’ve picked out 5 things that England could alter which I think will lift this team from the realms of ‘pretty good’ to the dizzying altitude of ‘good’.

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2012 – End of Year Report

29 Dec
The best Test team in the world - South Africa

The best Test team in the world – South Africa

Apologies to my friend at the Wrong Un, but here is my End of Year Report for the great year that was 2012.  South Africa are the No. 1 team in the world, Afghanistan made their debut at an International competition and Kevin Pietersen exceeded even his own exceptionally high levels of douche-baggery.  All this and much more, you will find below.

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India v England, 4th Test, Day 3 Review

15 Dec

England fought back strongly in the final session to reduce India from 269/4 to 297/8 at stumps.  Virat Kohli and captain MS Dhoni had batted India out of a dangerous position, putting the hosts within 62 of taking a first innings lead before Swann struck, removing Kohli for an excellent 103.

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My XI of the ICC T20 World Cup 2012

10 Oct

Always one to follow a good trend, please find below, in batting order, the XI cricketers that I would have in my dream team based on performances during the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.  Also, there’ll be photos attached of their fantastically talented faces, and an accompanying video of them doing their thing from YouTube.  Because I love to give. Enjoy.

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