AuthorAbhijato Sensarma

Wheels seal the deal for rejuvenated England

It’s not often that a T20 chase is treated as an afterthought. But the batting performance of the Englishmen was a foregone conclusion long before they even came out to bat at the Motera yesterday. The Indians have seldom been guilty of not being able to stabilise an innings while looking to be intentful. The skipper has often rued his side’s conservatism in Test cricket, and this sentiment seemed to carry itself over to the press conferences in the build-up to the T20 series against England...

Sundar & Co: Technicolour Indians in a Monochrome World

Today Abhijato looks at the recent Test series from an Indian perspective. Where are the BCCI succeeding whilst the ECB are failing? And what roles are money and the IPL playing in India’s new found strength in depth? Washington Sundar’s first name is the closest we’ve come to involving the US in world cricket. Yet, its most famous ideal—capitalism—permeates every institution in our sport today. And no, this isn’t going to be a critique of the vices of those who rely on materialism to...

Slogging Intoxicates You, Me and Dan Lawrence

Batting’s hard. Some people make it look easy, but it is hard. I wouldn’t be telling you this if I didn’t know it myself already – I used to be an orthodox left-arm spinner for the local club as a teenager, you see. I would bowl for hours on end with bandages on my finger to prevent the skin from peeling off, and I would dread close-in catching practice because of the (justified) belief that the balls coming my way could take off my head if I wasn’t careful. But no, batting was the hardest part...

The 5 Stages Of Coping With A Subcontinental Loss

The subcontinental honeymoon is over. After being on top of the world with five consecutive Test wins in Asia, Joe Root’s men were poised to threaten the invincible Indians at home. The skipper had pushed back his average above 50. His spinners were slowly gaining a foothold over conditions which didn’t treat them as an afterthought to the game of cricket. And his best all-rounder, Sir Ben Stokes, was back too – surely, he would be bowling a lot in this second Test? Driving home the advantage...

Ashwin Walks The Talk With His Cathartic Century

Abhijato returns with a look at Ravi Ashwin’s performance on day 3 at Chennai. England are predictably in the mire. And they’ve been put there largely thanks to a man who bats almost as well as he bowls sometimes … The greatest advantage Ravichandran Ashwin the batsman had on a decaying Chennai pitch was that he did not have to face himself as a bowler from the other end. When he walked out as the Indian number eight in the second innings, his team’s total stood at 106. The...

Rohit Sharma Gives Laziness A Bad Name

There’s not much to celebrate from an English point of view in the second Test. England teams usually collapse on bunsen burners so what we’re witnessing shouldn’t be a surprise. However, what we can do is appreciate the quality of the opposition. Rohit Sharma was class on day 1. Here’s Abhijato’s assessment of one of the most aesthetically pleasing batsmen in the world … Artists despise being called ‘talented’, because they feel it takes away something...

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