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Balvinder Singh Sandhu

(Balvinder Singh Sandhu played eight Tests and 22 ODIs. A crafty bowler who moved the ball both way, he was one of the heroes of the 1983 World Cup triumph. His delivery that bowled Gordon Greenidge, shouldering arms, in the epic final is etched in every Indian’s memory. He was an useful later-order batsman who scored 71, batting at No 9, on Test debut against Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Abdul Qadir and Iqbal Qasim, and in his fourth Test 68 against Michael Holding, Andy Roberts Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall. After retirement, he became one of the finest coaches in the country and now imparts his knowledge through his site http://www.balvindersinghsandhu.com/ )

Sachin Tendulkar and memories of an incredible master class at nets

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November 18, 2013, 2:24 pm

Sachin Tendulkar was naughty, just like any other kid of his age, when he was in school. Vinod Kambli and he would constantly be at each other’s throats — playfully though. And when they were not talking or thinking cricket, they would spend their time playing pranks on their teammates. Even today, when the two of them meet in the dressing room or elsewhere, there is constant banter between the two. They behave like two teenagers and keep pulling each other’s legs, oblivious of the attention they get from the others around them.

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Struggling Ishant Sharma’s body language is too defensive

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October 21, 2013, 10:13 am

A friend and die-hard cricket fan posted on Facebook after Ishant Sharma’s crucial over in which he gave away 30 runs to bring Australia back into Saturday’s One-Day International (ODI) at Mohali: 'Cricket is a batter’s game, more so in the shorter version which is harsher on a bowler than in Test cricket."

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Mr Srinivasan, please step down to protect the game

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June 1, 2013, 12:02 pm

Most cricket administrators of a bygone past were humble and had great regards for former cricketers — unlike today. A few have allowed the power they wield go to their head, pushing the noble game of cricket into quicksand because of their arrogance. Now is the time for good administrators to come together with former Test cricketers and rescue Indian cricket.

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Shikhar Dhawan’s innings at Mohali is a great lesson for youngster waiting in the wings

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March 17, 2013, 4:22 pm

It was very heartening to see Shikhar Dhawan score a magnificent hundred on Test debut with near-perfect shot selection, decisive footwork and strokes that had both authority and grace. He has proved my faith again, 'that if one has the talent and work ethics of a professional, one will get at least one opportunity to excel. And the one who grabs that opportunity is the one who shows patience, resilience and persistence to pursue his goal with a disciplined lifestyle and that of mind’. Dhawan has those attributes. Hats off to him! His innings served as a great lesson for youngsters waiting in the wings.

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Mentally-fatigued Dhoni needs to be unburdened; selectors should divide his captaincy workload

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December 18, 2012, 1:50 pm

Swords maybe out and heads could roll as Indian cricket’s decline and fall is complete with a rare home series defeat.

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BCCI needs to give a rap on the knuckles on those not falling in line

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December 9, 2012, 2:19 pm

Indian cricket has had a precipitous fall; it has lost on the seaming pitches in England, bouncing tracks in Australia and now turning tracks at home. Balvinder Singh Sandhu, hero of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian team, talks about the importance of individuals working purposefully towards the team cause.

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What Sachin Tendulkar needs to do to shut up his trenchant critics

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November 28, 2012, 8:01 am

The Mumbai Test showed that when a team is highly motivated, determined and focused on the job at hand, crisis can be turned into opportunity. It’s characteristics of a team that is hungry for victory. And England has shown that they are hungrier than Team India.

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English batsmen must watch videos of Cook, Pujara & Prior to learn how to tackle spin in Indian conditions

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November 22, 2012, 8:06 am

Unlike his team-mates, Alastair Cook looked relaxed - mentally and physically - during the Ahmedabad Test. His anxiety level was well in control, and that helped him in judging line and length quite early. That, in turn, helped him in his decision making and decisive footwork.

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Huge pressure on Duncan Fletcher and Team India; it could be a make-or-break series for many

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November 15, 2012, 9:37 am

It's not easy to fill in the crater created by the retirements of two greats, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. But it's extremely important that Team India's Generation Next quickly establish themselves in the Test arena. In that respect, the India-England Test series starting on Thursday is critical for the home team.

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What Harbhajan Singh needs to do to get back his lost magic

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November 12, 2012, 11:08 am

Captain MS Dhoni is making the right noises. He said that there is hardly any off-spinner who could hit the rib cage area of the batsmen.

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Selectors should have kept in mind lessons Sachin Tendulkar gave to the Aussies in 1998 while picking the teams ahead of the Test series

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November 8, 2012, 2:40 pm

Sandeep Patil, chairman of the newly-appointed selection committee, came up with a tactical move that surprised many. He picked four seamers Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda, Vinay Kumar, and Parvinder Awana and did not include a single spinner in the India A team against England. Even Mumbai A did not play a spinner in a practice game against them at Dr. DY Patil Stadium, New Mumbai.

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India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 29, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

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Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

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