Articles by G Rajaraman
Feb 16, 2019
India vs Australia: Hosts' squad for ODIs reflects selectors' conundrum over remaining spots for World CupMore than final round of musical chairs for the last two slots in the Indian team for the World Cup, it will be interesting to see if the idea that Virat Kohli should bat at No 4 rather than his usual No 3 slot resonates with him.
Feb 12, 2019
India vs New Zealand: Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami form among key takeaways from tour as more pieces fall in place for 'Men in Blue' ahead of World CupIndia would have happy memories and positive gains from the eight-match New Zealand tour, in which it won the ODI series 4-1 and lost the T20I series 1-2.
Feb 10, 2019
India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma and Co lose series decider but character shown by less-experienced batsmen in chase a big positiveThe fact that Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya added an unbeaten 63 runs in 4.4 overs. That they did not lose hope and belief – and, therefore, interest in the chase – was heart-warming.
Feb 09, 2019
India vs New Zealand: Visiting bowlers' display biggest positive from 2nd T20I as Rohit Sharma impresses with bat and tacticsNot only Rohit Sharma exposed New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson's reluctance to seek early wickets with his clean hitting but also his decision to make Rishabh Pant bat at the fall of the first wicket was laudable.
Feb 07, 2019
India vs New Zealand: Visitors left clutching at straws against Black Caps in opening T20I in WellingtonIt was the kind of night in Wellington when nothing got going and India was left seeking minor positives to hold on to from the match
Feb 04, 2019
West Indies vs England: ICC justified in being strict with slow-over rate offence but must do away with provision to ban captainsMatch referees must have the leeway to show their human side rather than just do a mechanical job of calculating numbers of overs that a side is short at the end of a Test and impose a pre-determined penalty.
Feb 03, 2019
India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya’s refusal to acknowledge impact of pressure in fifth ODI a huge positive for visitorsHardik Pandya has proven in the three games in New Zealand that he will be a first-choice selection in the XI for some time to come
Feb 01, 2019
India vs New Zealand: Hamilton loss brings focus back on visitors' top-heavy batting as middle-order muddle continuesIt is no secret either that India’s attempts to unearth batting talent that would hold the middle-order together and manage the innings in the event of a top order failure has not had much success.
Jan 29, 2019
India vs New Zealand: Ambati Rayudu is team's best bet at number 4 slot, finds resonance with the faith of Virat KohliAmbati Rayudu appears to have met the challenges laid down for him and reassured himself and his backers that he was the best bet for the No. 4 slot.
Jan 28, 2019
India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya leaves behind the past to show why he is such a vital cog in visitors' World Cup planThat Hardik Pandya handled the pressure of walking into a game without having time to overcome the effects of the long flight is perhaps an indication of how he was able to keep his mind on the present and not worry about the events that unfurled after the TV show was broadcast.