articles by Akash Fotedar

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Australia ball-tampering scandal: Steve Smith's actions prove he is a weak captain incapable of leading with integrity

Very few would argue Steve Smith isn’t one of, if not the best Test batsman in the world. After the events of the Cape Town Test, very few would argue he is a great captain and leader.

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India vs Australia: To successfully defend World Cup, visitors must take ODI cricket much more seriously

At home, Australia are still a powerhouse, but with the next World Cup to be played in England where they have struggled in the past two Champions Trophy tournaments, they might want to start giving ODI cricket some more respect

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Ashes 2017: England’s squad picked for Australia is not their strongest, but seniors could help spring surprise

There is still plenty of uncertainty about the England batting line-up as well as many inexperienced faces in the squad. One bonus for the tourists is their hosts aren’t in great form either.

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India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli’s men must not get carried away with easy nature of series victory

The challenge for India now is to build on this victory and continue to play well and dominate against tougher opponents.

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India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur highlight team's bench strength in 4th ODI

Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur showed India does have depth in ODI cricket and further testing should help build a formidable squad with a look ahead to the World Cup.

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India vs Sri Lanka: No justification for behaviour of frustrated fans in Kandy, regardless of hosts' performance

The series victory is India’s seventh in a row against Sri Lanka and clearly, the local fans had seen enough of their team’s recent inept performances

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India vs Sri Lanka: Ms Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's calm partnership guides their team home in tense chase

MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar batted with a serenity that was missing from the highly touted Indian middle order to lead them to victory.

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India vs Australia: Packed with all-rounders, visitors have the balance to challenge hosts on their own strip

Australia's both squads are full of all-round talent, and once again follow the Australian cricketing principles of athleticism, power, and pace in the bowling department

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India vs Sri Lanka: Ease with which Virat Kohli's team swept series underlines hosts' complete lack of fight

After three Tests, and the term ‘test’ is used loosely, India have come away as three-nil series winners from their tour to neighbours Sri Lanka

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Kuldeep Yadav's impressive displays against Sri Lanka should give Indian think tank a selection headache

With crucial tours of South Africa, England and Australia coming up, playing a wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav might just be the better option and give India a greater chance at success.

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Shikhar Dhawan makes the most of his opportunity against Sri Lanka to give India strong starts

Shikhar Dhawan’s recent form provides India’s strong middle order with a wonderful platform and strong foundation on which to build on and grind the opposition’s bowlers into submission.

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Cricket Australia-players' pay dispute may be resolved, but the bitter aftertaste will take time to go away

After months of negotiation between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, some 230-odd professional cricketers around Australia are now employed again

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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe: Visitors' series win provides hope that their long-gone heyday could return

After years of hardship and heartache Zimbabwe have given themselves a glimmer of hope, and in doing so they have shown that any team can defy the odds – a great sign for all the underdogs of world cricket. Let’s hope the ICC takes note.

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India vs West Indies: Visitors missed opportunity to test their depth in meaningless ODI series

Glaringly, Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh Pant are the only new faces in the India squad from the one that finished second at the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy in England.

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India vs Pakistan Final 2017: Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin's defensive mindsets hurt the team badly

With two years to go for the 2019 World Cup, India has time to sort their bowling out. It is time they look past the big reputations of Ashwin and Jadeja and find themselves some spin bowlers, who can take regular wickets in one-day cricket.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India's fielding against South Africa marks the rise of a fit and athletic unit

India have set themselves high fielding standards and expectation will be they will maintain the level of performance and intensity from the South Africa match for the rest of Champions Trophy 2017

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Australia’s lack of killer instinct and ideas cost them semi-final spot

In the end, it was fitting that rain ended the tournament for Australia. This Australian side has undoubted talent, but before their next ODI assignment they will need to rediscover the killer instinct that is synonymous with Australian cricket.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Australia showed they were back to their clinical best against Bangladesh

While the end result will be disappointing for Australia, Smith will be pleased with the way his bowlers responded to the challenge he threw at them during the week

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Champions Trophy 2017: Sluggish Australia were bailed out by rain gods against New Zealand

In such a short tournament, where every game is crucial, the Australia can’t afford to be this flat at the start of a match again otherwise it could be all over before they know it.

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Champions Trophy 2017: Steve Smith-led Australia look strong, but lack slightly in balance

Despite being in a tough group, Australia definitely start the tournament as one of the favourites.