The success of DRS is evident from the fact that its original goal of “removing howlers” has been achieved so completely that we do not even talk about it anymore with our focus moving to more detailed issues such as margin of error and whether a ball clipping the bails should be given out. For teams, the use of DRS has now moved from a last resort to a tactical tool which is now used to “take a chance” or “slow the game down”, apart from its primary usage to overturn visibly wrong calls.

So much so that a captain…


Whenever there’s a debate around the next captain for any test team, the shortlist, inevitably starts and ends with batsmen. Bowlers are rarely even considered, let alone appointed. So few and far between have long term bowling captains been that you can count them on your fingertips and yet might go as far as the 80s.

There is a variety of reasons floated for this perceived injustice. Some justified and others not so much. For instance, that bowlers get injured more frequently is true and justified. However, this largely applies to fast bowlers and not spinners. …


It’s the third time in the series that England are chasing. This is because Kohli has lost all three tosses. It’s an unlucky streak but by no means unprecedented. However, this is not the first toss losing streak of Kohli’s career as a captain and it just feels like Kohli loses far more tosses than he wins. There are matches we all recall where a toss mattered and Kohli would end up on the losing side more often than not. Is that just conformation bias or is their some substance to the feeling?

It had me wondering as well and…


1–1. To the Gabba. What further damage could this abattoir inflict on a team that has more fallen bodies than left standing. A 2–1 loss in the series would be honourable and already better than expectations. The last stand from the previous test were gone, so were Boom and Jadeja. In a space of three matches, India had lost its top five bowlers, a first-choice batsman and the captain. The absentee list made a stronger team than the playing XI, which seemed to have been somehow cobbled together, drafting in two debutants and one near debutant. Leader of the attack…


36. The earlier cricketing memory with this number was of Yuvraj; that of a high back lift, playing in a then-nascent format and treating a current day great like a backyard bowler. This was 2020 though, a year of surprises, and not good ones. India had again scored, nay, folded for 36. In a Test Match. Across 22 overs. As if there was any misery left to be piled on, Mohammad Shami wasn’t dismissed but injured out of the tournament. And of course, Virat Kohli, the one known to keep at a fight, who dared make a game of Adelaide…

Ashutosh Bihani

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