All Articles under 'Ind v Aus-Melbourne test'
||If you didn't notice, Indian team's famous batting lineup were demolished for less than 200 in both the innings.. how many times India have been bowled out so cheaply? well, only thrice - vs New Zealand at Hamilton (scored 99 & 154) & Wellington (scored 161 & 121) in 2002 and in this test match at MCG.
Today at Melbourne, Australia completed their 15th consecutive test match win (list), denting all the confidence visitors may have had! After spirited performance on Day 1 by the bowlers, Indian batting collapsed on Day 2 and since then - they were always chasing this game. Mathew Hayden (man of the match) continued his good form against Indians whereas Stuart Clark ... .. Read complete article
Added on Sat, 29 December 2007
||They've won 14 test matches in a row (list) and would do anything for 15th. They're the home team, knowing that the highest 4th innings successful chase is only 418 (list).. but above all - its Aussie cricket - always filled with some ego & lots of challenges!
So, ball is in into India's half. Can they chase 499? next 180 overs should be action packed!
Requirement - two 100s & a half, from a batting lineup that has more centuries in test cricket than any other team in world cricket.. simple!
Now if you ask how this Melbourne test reached this stage - Day 3 was anything but walk in the ... .. Read complete article
Added on Fri, 28 December 2007
||Fact : Today was first real batting day for Indian team on this 2008 tour to Australia, as their warm-up match was 80% rained off!
Hope : few Indian batsmen, Laxman Tendulkar & Ganguly, looked in good form.
Fact : Srilanka reached 410 in 4th innings of Hobart test vs Australia 37 days ago.
Hope : Indian batsmen might put up similar fight when they bat 4th in this Melbourne test match.
Because HOPE, as quoted by Tim Robins at the end of "The Shawshank Redemption", is a good word! and after conceding a lead of 147, Indian batsmen have already spoiled the dream work done by their bowlers on Day 1 and ... .. Read complete article
Added on Thu, 27 December 2007
||History suggest most test matches are won on the basis of your performance in first innings, more than how your second innings goes..
Taking lunch at 111/0, captain Anil Kumble lead a remarkable fightback, taking 5 of 9 wickets to fall on Day 1 of this first india vs australia test match at Melbourne, nicely supported by Zaheer Khan (3/94).
Not by chance, but "Special" was how Indian bowlers planned every delivery they bowled to each Australian batsman (down leg side to Symonds, around & at stumps to Ricky Ponting, flighted deliveries against Michael Hussey & outside off-stump to Adam Gilchrist).. and ultimately earned their rewards. Australian batters were guilty of carrying one-day mindset into ... .. Read complete article
Added on Wed, 26 December 2007
||It was new, strange, but heartening to watch Captain Kumble talk so enigmatically to Gautam Gambhir & Murali Karthik at the end of last test match India played (3rd test vs Pak).
Result : Gautam Gambhir & Murali Karthik not making this 2008 tour downunder. That day, for sure, captain had given Gambhir & Murali the lesson of sacrifices & struggles a cricketer must do before playing test cricket for India.. but the truth is - sacrifices & struggles increase as you regularly play for your country..
Ask Rahul Dravid! we called him "Captain Courages" for the wicket-keeping, slogging, bowling & captaining he did for Indian team. Even today, when Yuvraj Singh is forcing ... .. Read complete article
Added on Tue, 25 December 2007
||Why Indian boys need to wake up?
Because : India nearly beat Australia in Australia last time (2004), series 1-1.
Why Indian cricket fans need to wake up, early?
Because : India vs Australia first Test match, Melbourne - begins 5.30 am India time.
Its must be more than co-incidence that Melissa Etheridge also sang "I Need to Wake Up" to win Oscar this year as our world approaches 2008/alarming zone of "global warming".
So, when everyone needs to wake up, what a few hours of sleep can fetch? Itsonlycricket, with few hours of rest, will bring you extended coverage of this India's tour of Australia 2008, starting with preview ... .. Read complete article
Added on Mon, 24 December 2007
||In every piece of newspaper floating around, on every advertising hoarding you look up when red signal.. on tv (in ads and also) during a match. Everywhere is Dhoni!
I won't be exaggerating if I term this wicket-keeper batsman as "the most famous 26 year old, of India" considering the number of ladies visit itsonlycricket searching for girlfriends of MS Dhoni.
He's India's One day cricket captain & his glove-work is improving every day. BUT, in following, I'll stick my neck out to question/inspire Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ability to bat on pitches with extra bounce. He failed flat-out in South Africa, and his batting in England wasn't as convincing. West Indies (world cup) didn't provide ... .. Read complete article
Added on Mon, 17 December 2007