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Virat Kohli: Demi-God of Indian Cricket

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On Sunday, against Australia in a virtual quarter final, India were down in the dumps. The openers had failed yet again. The powerplay overs were seen as too restrictive for the Indian batsmen to take singles. Yuvraj struggled as always. But one man stood his ground, his feet firmly planted, spotting the ball as big as a comet, and waving his wand to send the ball to all corners of the stadium. Virat Kohli, the demi-god of Indian cricket has announced his invincibility status to the world.

Cricket aware audience felt that India probably had an outside chance when Yuvraj went, and the runrate was creeping ever so creepily. Only singles and twos were on offer many a time. Who would have thought that the straight batted Kohli would unfurl more straight bats at the Aussie bowlers to send their deliveries back into the crowds. Who would have thought that Indian would complete a simple victory with five balls to spare. None could believe that the proud cricketing country of Australia would bend their knee to the true masterclass since Don Bradman.

Kohli never threw caution into the winds, never did he go for a cross batted heave which costed his wicket against the Bangladeshi Tigers. He was cool, composed and looked to place the ball and run singles and twos. Yuvraj was probably the only one who hindered his running, not the poor Aussies.

Critics who have played cricket at the highest level compare the RCB captain to Tendulkar. How dare they? Tendulkar was regarded as the god of Indian cricket, but he did not bail India out of tough situations as Kohli did. Tendulkar struggled mentally when he got closer to landmarks. Kohli romps home by skipping on one leg. Compare the records of the two players when India has won, especially while chasing. Well, there is no comparison. Apples to oranges. They cannot be compared.

Whether India win the T20 world cup or not, Dhoni must vacate and make way for the crowning of prince charming. It’s time to see the back of non-performers, which is pretty much the entire team, and make way for the deserving. The time is ripe for the Indian kingdom to be ruled by a warrior who’s par excellence, the supreme commander of world cricket to have a team of his choice, sans Yuvraj of course.

Flintoff could yap all that he wants, compare lowly with average players from the English kindergarten, truth be told, Kohli is insurmountable.

Gary Kirsten to Coach Delhi Daredevils

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Gary Kirsten is back in India. This time as the Delhi Daredevils coach for the seventh innings of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He confirmed this development to the press today.

“It is indeed a massive privilege to work with the Delhi Daredevils side after having worked with two international sides. I have always maintained that building a quality side is a process and I am looking forward to taking up this new challenge in franchise cricket,” Kirsten said.

There will be no further changes to the Delhi side for the upcoming IPL season – TA Sekar as mentor, Eric Simmons as assistant coach and Pakistani Mushtaq Ahmed as spin coach.

Gary has admitted that Eric Simmons has played broker in the signing as chief coach.

“I was recommended by Mr Simons and after having a chat with the owners, I found them to be good people. My job will be to help the boys perform to the best of their abilities. Also having Simons around helps a lot as we go back a long way and complement each other really well.”

Delhi Daredevils had a torrid run in IPL 6 where they finished eight, bettering Pune Warriors India only. With the new signing, they hope to jump into a new league just as India became champions under Gary Kirsten’s leadership.

Gary’s immediate responsibility would be during the transfer window which opens up later this year. This will be followed by a round of fresh auctions. Gary’s intellect will be put to test even before a single ball is bowled.

Speculations are rife that IPL 7 will be moved out of India as the Indian general elections will hit the country. Five years back due to to the same reason, IPL 2 shifted out to South Africa. This time around, BCCI is eyeing Australia as probable hosts.

Perhaps the Worst Australian Cricket Team in India

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Aussies are known for their never say die attitude. The past twenty years has seen players who have excelled and have held great esteem among players from other countries. Not just the image, players from other countries sweated to see certain names on the list. The table has turned topsy turvy and we are witnessing the weakest Australian team since the world series. Keep Reading

Dhoni Double Kohli Single Puts India on Top

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The day belonged to the Indian captain. Mahendra Singh Dhoni blasted his first double century in test cricket in over 200 balls. Thus, he became the first Indian wicket keeper to achieve this feat. Virat’s fiery century was overshadowed by MSD, yet, together, both have helped India attain a comfortable 135 runs lead over the visiting Australians at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. Keep Reading

India Pray for Luck against Australia in 1st Test at Chennai

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India was battered black and blue by the visiting English team two months back. Morale of players is at an all time low. They are desperately praying for mother luck, to turn the LBW decisions in their favor, edges to carry cleanly into the hands of Indian fielders and the movement to die when Aussie bowlers are on. Keep Reading

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