When Steven Smith shook hands with MS Dhoni with 4 overs left in the game at the MCG on December 30, 2014, the heads of many fans exploded. I danced a little jig. I thought it was a great decision. What’s more I thought, here is something to be explained about Test cricket. I thought this because this is a unique feature of Test Cricket. Instead, Smith’s decision has been widely panned. It has been…"What is 24 balls more?"
Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from Test Cricket after helping India save the Melbourne Test on December 30, 2014. He retired as India’s finest wicketkeeper batsman in the long form game. He led India in more Tests, and won more Tests than any of his predecessors. Under Dhoni, India dominated at home as they never have before, despite being a team in transition. Overseas, no other Indian captain has won more Tests than Dhoni. Dhoni drew…"Dhoni Retires From Test Cricket"
Australia declared overnight twice in this Test and set India 364 to win in 98 overs on Day 5. They won by 48 runs. A few things contributed to this result. A few things will be said about this result which I think are not true. 1. The idea that India “went for the runs” on the last day.2. The idea that India “kept going for the runs” even after losing two wickets in the…"Day 5 At Adelaide"
You may have seen some variant of this headline if you are following the Test at Adelaide. Here’s a blow by blow account by Jarrod Kimber. I think he’s right that a lot of demons are being confronted currently. They will continue to be. But will anything substantially change? Should it? Mitchell Johnson had just dismissed India’s well set opener Murali Vijay and was in the middle of a brilliant spell. Virat Kohli walked in…"Mitchell Johnson Felled By Bouncer To Virat Kohli"