Browsing All posts tagged under »Ricky Ponting«

MS Dhoni: An Assured Level-5 Leader

April 16, 2011 by

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I remember the day very clearly. It was the 8th of November 2008. A Saturday. It was the third day of the final Test match of the series (at Nagpur) between India and Australia. I had watched the most gripping session of Test cricket in my Melbourne home. Having commenced the day on 189 for […]

Sachin Tendulkar and The Clutch Conundrum

March 29, 2011 by

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Three years ago, I spent an evening with a couple of passionate Indian sports fans in a pub in Chicago. A couple of drinks down the line, the conversation veered towards Sachin Tendulkar and that’s pretty much where it remained for the rest of the evening. While all three of us were in complete agreement […]

Final Countdown

March 23, 2011 by

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It might be a tragicomedy of epic proportions that India and Australia, the top 2 ranked teams in the rankings are playing each other in the QFs but who can they blame apart from themselves? While Group B was keenly contested, Group A lost much of its lustre after the Australia vs Sri Lanka game […]

Australia: Four-Peat Champions?

February 10, 2011 by

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The three-time defending champions are heading into the world cup tournament on the back of a humiliating home Ashes defeat and with a few injuries in the bag. Amongst others, Ponting has been out with a finger injury for a while; Hauritz was hoping to make his comeback as the number one spinner but has […]

England: Muddled and Middling

February 8, 2011 by

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The one day series has been something of a come down for England fans, after the elation of the Ashes the sight of us being comprehensively beaten four times out of five (so far) has been somewhat less entertaining. So what does the World Cup hold for England fans?  It’s been oft-quoted that after the […]

Australia’s Blueprint for Success

January 2, 2011 by

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On the eve of the final test at Sydney, all there is left to play for Australia is pride. While there will be plenty of talking points as to the sharp decline in performance of a once champion side, Cricket Australia (CA) need to look critically at the few key factors that are of deep […]

An Ashes Postmortem

January 2, 2011 by

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It would be amiss to not start the piece without a congratulatory note to the England team for ensuring that the Ashes were retained. This has not happened for 24 years and that is quite a wait. What has astounded me however was how easily they managed to do it. At the time of writing […]

Ten Ways to Improve Test Cricket

December 30, 2010 by

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It’s 30 overs per session of Test cricket, so bowl them and count every ball beyond the scheduled 120 minutes (adjusted by the Third Umpire for unavoidable delays) as a “time no ball” that counts as a legitimate delivery, but goes down in the book as an extra to the batting side. We wouldn’t see […]

Ricky Ponting in a controversy: What’s new?

December 27, 2010 by

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England should just go ahead and retain the Ashes. It would establish that the most dominating team over a grueling 5 Test match series will win the trophy at the end of the day. It would also do a ton of good for Australian cricket, because they will cease living in denial that everything is […]

Why the Ashes are important to Australia and why we must win them back

November 17, 2010 by

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I assume if you’re reading this, Cricket is probably pretty important to you. Or you at least like it. Taking a larger world view, though, cricket is really a pretty small deal. Or it is to some. England, for example, has so many things to their name – history, military prowess, royalty, empire – that […]