India, under Virat Kohli in the 2018/19 series, became the first Asian side to beat Australia in a Test series in their own den. The series featured stellar performances from Pujara, Rishabh Pant and Kohli and the fast bowling battery featuring Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. The significant support that the Indian team garnered in each of the venues was also a feature of the series. … [Read more...] about Cheteshwar Pujara gets haircut from wife, shares funny post on social media
"We've got to find a way to outlast him if he bats the way he did last time. There wasn't too much in the pitch so you couldn't manufacture anything. So I think (we need to) take our medicine a bit more and try and outlast him." … [Read more...] about Cummins hoping to outwit Pujara in the summer series
Naturally, he wasn't impressed with Rahane's over-attacking approach in his last innings. "You need to leave the short balls alone. They were bowling short-pitched stuff on a green top. Your shot selection becomes very important in such a case. You've to show a lot of patience and guts," says the former India chief selector. Many feel that being too defensive in recent times has also contributed to the Mumbaikar's downfall. It was evident in a Ranji Trophy game in December last year, when he scratched around for 54 balls, managing to score just eight before the Railways seamers - none of them threatening - ended his plight on a greenish wicket at the Wankhede, as Mumbai suffered a 10-wicket defeat. "Sometimes, I feel that he gets too defensive. The Ajinkya I know plays the best when he's positive and looking to score runs and attack. At times, he's defending balls which he can score off. He's giving the bowlers too much respect. He's hit 100s in IPL, so he can do it. "Sometimes, he … [Read more...] about Over-cautious approach hurting Ajinkya Rahane?
"When you talk of Sachin (Tendulkar), (Rahul) Dravid, you have had replacements like (Virat) Kohli, Rohit (Sharma), (Ajnikya) Rahane, (Cheteshwar) Pujara. They have filled that void. But it hasn’t been the case with Dhoni. So I think Dhoni is still the number one wicketkeeper. He is amazingly fit and he should not be sidelined in a hurry,” former Indian U-19 captain Kaif said while talking to Times of India. … [Read more...] about Dhoni still the No. 1 wicketkeeper in India: Kaif
"It was a very different sort of interview. I had appeared for interviews for a few club memberships but not for job interviews. And to appear in front of your colleagues with whom you have played all your life, it was strange to present my case. It was nerve-wracking but great to present a plan, a blue print for Indian cricket." … [Read more...] about ‘My job is to take burden off the captain’s shoulders’