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Kohli: Great at everything except captaining tournaments

Top 10 underdogs of IPL 2018

IPL 2018 Final: CSK vs SRH – Top 10 Talking Points

SRH vs KKR – Rashid versus Shah Rukh: Top 10 Talking Points

No-one talks about Dhoni’s ‘final’ problem

KKR vs RR IPL Eliminator: Top 10 Talking Points

SRH vs CSK thriller: Top 10 Talking Points

Thala Dhoni roars his 2019 intent in style

Surprising but successful moves & misses of IPL 2018

IPL Snippets: The battle of the spouses

IPL Winners: Is it all about the power of owners?

IPL Snippets: Thala Dhoni – Injured, old, but fighting fit!

IPL Snippets: Will this ‘ring’ help Virat Kohli break title duck?

Who will be the greatest ever IPL captain after 2018

Why it was India’s greatest tour of South Africa ever!

The Ashwin-Gibbs fight, a mini match-fixing controversy & the perils of Twitter

7 positives of the SA Test series

Unadkat who? 1.8 million reasons to know him by now!

What’s new at IPL 2018? Return of the CSK king, shifting Gaylestorms & Smith’s restarts

10 yesteryear Indian stars fighting it out at the IPL auction

Should Kohli finally tone down his arrogance?

Get Team India a great psychological coach!

Kohli’s still last man standing, time for others to show up

Hardik hits out as Indian batting presses self-destruct

Year-ender 2017: Top 10 flops in Indian cricket
December 28, 2017, Sify

Year-ender 2017: Top 10 hit Indian cricketers
December 26, 2017, Sify

Here’s why all of Tendulkar’s records could be broken!
December 19, 2017, Sify

India get out of jail, but South Africa is no Sri Lanka
December 18, 2017, Sify

Time to put Rohit Sharma’s photo on the Rs 200 note!
December 14, 2017, Sify

True greatness awaits India in South Africa
December 8, 2017, Sify

Kohli ka 1 2 ka 4 aur 4 2 ka 1
December 3, 2017, Sify

New CSK or ole CSK, that’s the question!
November 23, 2017, Sify

The unbearable burden of being Dhoni
November 9, 2017, Sify

Should Young India follow Virat Kohli with caution?
November 6, 2017, Sify

Ashish Nehra: Is this his final retirement?
October 31, 2017, Sify

Dinesh Karthik: Always the bridesmaid!
October 21, 2017, Sify

Kangaroos for breakfast and Kiwis for lunch!
October 17, 2017, Sify

Beginning and ending with a whimper for the Aussies
October 15, 2017, Sify

MSD’S 300th ODI: Emperor Dhoni enters record breaking epoch
August 30, 2017, Sify

The 10 greatest Indian cricketing victories in 70 years
August 17, 2017, Sify

The 10 greatest Indian sporting achievements in 70 years
August 15, 2017, Sify

Why thrashing Lanka in Lanka is really big
August 14, 2017, Sify

A conquest that would be the crown in Kohli’s dream run
August 10, 2017, Sify

Coach Shastri gets his bragging rights
August 7, 2017, Sify

Indian women miss their tryst with destiny yet again
July 24, 2017, Sify

Time ripe for a revolution in women’s cricket in India
July 24, 2017, Sify

Can Team India do a Mission Domination in Lanka?
July 24, 2017, Sify

Harmanpreet Kaur and the greatest innings of all time
July 21, 2017, Sify

Indian women’s cricket on the cusp of its 1983 moment
July 21, 2017, Sify

Can Mithali emulate Kapil at Lord’s on July 23?
July 16, 2017,

Ro-hit in ODIs, but still a no-hit in Tests
July 13, 2017,

Champion of champions to coach champions
July 12, 2017,

10 lesser known facts about the Women’s World Cup
July 7, 2017,

Team India needs Virat Kohli more than Anil Kumble. It’s good he resigned
June 25, 2017,

Does Team India really need a cricket coach?
June 22,

Stellar Kumble goes out on a tragic low
June 21, 2017,

7 reasons Virat Kohli is to blame for India’s loss to Pakistan in Champions Trophy 2017
June 20, 2017,

Plucky Pakistan annihilate Goliath India
June 18, 2017,

Bowlers give Kohli selection headache ahead of final
June 17, 2017,

India vs Pakistan Final: Giant India takes on pygmy Pakistan
June 16, 2017,

CT 2017: Indian tiger roars, Bangla one whimpers
June 16, 2017,

India-Bangladesh: Totally one-sided, but totally tense
June 14, 2017,

CT 2017: The British Raj and the semi-final line-up
June 12, 2017,

‘Underdogs’ snap India’s unbeaten Champions Trophy streak
June 9, 2017,

India’s well-oiled machine demolishes Pakistan
June 5, 2017,

Indo-Pak: The greatest conflict to slay other conflicts
June 3,

Kohli versus Kumble: Yet another conflict cycle returns to Indian cricket
May 31, 2017,

IPL Snippet: Kohli has really rotten T20 luck
May 4, 2017,

IPL Snippets: So far this nothing but a ‘champions’ trophy!
April 21, 2017,

IPL Snippets: On the field & off it – Gauti is on the rampage!
April 18, 2017,

IPL Snippets: When Pollard blasted Sanjay Manjrekar
April 10, 2017,

Injuries, battles and debuts of IPL 10
April 3, 2017,

Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Team India Report Card
March 30, 2017,

Dharamsala win – One for the ages
March 28, 2017,

A quintuple century and baiting Kohli again and again
March 21, 2017,

Talking Point: Maxwell mocks an injured-fighting Kohli
March 8, 2017,

Ranchi Rumble: Ashwin, Jadeja get ready for battle royale
March 15, 2017,

Indo-Aus scrapes: Fuming Gavaskar, waiting Waugh and a finger-pointing Kohli
March 13, 2017,

A little bit of 2001 and a little bit of cheating!
March 8, 2017,

Threats to India exposed after Pune Test debacle
March 2, 2017,

Why Sehwag and other sportspersons went after Gurmehar
February 28, 2017,

Can a T20 triple century propel you straight into IPL? We’ll soon know
February 16, 2017,

Report Card: At last, 0-8 demolished with 8-8!
February 3, 2017,

Multiple generations merge under the Kohli Raj
January 7, 2017,

‘Phoenix’ Dhoni may rise from the ashes one last time!
January 6, 2017,

Why Dhoni was absolutely right in quitting
January 5, 2017,

Kohli flops once? Rubbish Anushka a 100 times!
December 31, 2017,

Year Ender: Top Cricket Controversies of 2016, December 23, 2016

India vs England Test Series: Team India Report Card, December 22, 2016

Team India ready to knockout England, December 7, 2016

7 reasons why England is our greatest rival, November 4, 2016

Vaseline, jelly beans, bare chests & a Twitter war, November 3, 2016

Dhoni faces daunting odds yet again, October 14, 2016

Why MS Dhoni is the world’s greatest cricketer, September 29, 2016

Hell at Eden, Flintoff’s bare chest & Test homework!, September 29, 2016

10 memorable Tests at Eden Gardens, September 28, 2016

10 things that define India and Tests, September 23, 2016

10 landmarks on India’s journey to its 500th Test, September 21, 2016

500 Tests & 10 of the greatest players, September 19, 2016

Can India break the 2-0 jinx at St Lucia?
August 9, 2016,

Has Kumble inherited a crown of thorns?
June 28, 2016,

It pays more to be a Tendulkar than a Dhanawade
June 1, 2016,

Right time to pass the baton to Kohli?
May 31, 2016,

ABD’s double jinx & what more can Kohli do?
May 30, 2016,

IPL Snippets: Make in India or Return of the Aussie?
May 28, 2016,

If Gayle-Kohli don’t get you, ABD must!
May 25, 2016,

IPL Snippets: Kohli and the chase that lasted 15 days!
May 23, 2016,

A legend in making, Virat Kohli has shut all critics with his game
May 19, 2016,

IPL Snippets: Kohli’s one cap to rule ‘em all
May 18, 2016,

IPL Snippets: Kohli peaks and peaks and peaks!
May 9, 2016,

IPL Snippets: Dhoni and Kohli – Battle for the bottom
May 2, 2016,

IPL Snippets: RCB worst bowling attack ever?
April 25, 2016,

IPL Snippets: Double trouble this season
April 21, 2016,

Nine new things about IPL-9
April 8, 2016,

The 7 deadly sins of the IPL
April 7, 2016,

IPL Snippets: A great time for the IPL!
April 3, 2016,

Dhoni should respectfully play under Kohli from now on
April 1, 2016,

Team India: 3 years and 3 heartbreaks
April 1, 2016,

Dr Kohli and his PhD in Mental Disintegration
March 30, 2016,

Pakistan doesn’t deserve World T20 champion Shahid Afridi
March 26, 2016,

10 weird Dhoni decisions that actually clicked!
March 25, 2016,

Is Dhoni a mediocre T20 World Cup batsman?
March 22, 2016,

How the T20 World Cup finally widened the game
March 21, 2016,

Why Kohli’s the Knockout King of the T20 realm…
March 21, 2016,

So what if Bachchan was paid to sing national anthem?
March 21, 2016,

Why Kohli is even greater than Tendulkar
March 20, 2016,

Pakistan in best place to knock India out of World T20
March 18, 2016,

Is an Indo-Pak clash the new big bore?
March 18, 2016,

T20 World Cup: 10 answers I’m dying to know
March 12, 2016,

Five reasons why India will reclaim the T20 World Cup
March 8, 2016,

India’s wild World Cup roller-coaster ride
March 7, 2016,

20 controversies of Twenty20 World Cup
February 22, 2016,

When Mumbai bled Blue & India hit a purple patch
February 16, 2016,

2016 is the beginning of a new T20 era
February 4, 2016,

Hero Dhoni becomes Villain No. 1 (like many before him!)
January 21, 2016,

Stoic Dhoni: A true victim of intolerance
January 10, 2016,

2015: Annus horribilis for Dhoni
December 16, 2015,

Shameful crowd incidents in Indian cricket
October 7, 2015,

Seven cricketing pioneers in India
September 22, 2015,

Seven learnings from the Sri Lanka tour
September 2, 2015,

Kohli attacks, Ishant roars and India wins!
September 1, 2015,

Has Team India finally turned it around?
August 24, 2015,

Kohli’s aggro mojo backfires
August 16, 2015,

Matter of time before Test cricket is dead!
August 10, 2015,

Eight reasons why Indian cricket is doomed
July 22, 2015,

A to Z of people hit by IPL
July 15, 2015,

Dhoni: Rest as captain to prolong batting career!
July 7, 2015,

The rise of Bangla tigers
June 22, 2015,

The curse of the IPL
April 2, 2015,

Why Team India is still an overachiever
March 30, 2015,

Which cricketing age begins in 2015?
March 30, 2015,

Dhoni still best bet against Aussies…
March 30, 2015,

Will the choker troika ever win?
March 30, 2015,

The absolute boredom of a non-Aussie fan
March 29, 2015,

Dhoni and the great team bubble
March 27, 2015,

Please, we are rich travellers!
March 27, 2015,

Has Dhoni’s golden era ended?
March 27, 2015,

The Dhoni-Kohli show finally ends
March 26, 2015,

India chokes for two World Cups in-a-row
March 26, 2015,

The curse of South Africa
March 24, 2015,

The Great South African fielding meltdown…
March 24, 2015,

Versus Australia, it’s Advantage India…
March 23, 2015,

India leads Australia 4-0 in ICC knockouts
March 22, 2015,

Battle of the Chokers II
March 22, 2015,

Seven jinxes nixed in the World Cup
March 22, 2015,

Is this one of the weakest Pak teams ever?
March 20, 2015,

Don’t worry, the Rohit jokes will continue!
March 20, 2015,

7 highs of Team India’s 7th heaven…
March 19, 2015,

Raina and the perfect turning point!
March 19, 2015,

How 11 men killed the choke jinx…
March 18, 2015,

Slow and steady Sangakkara…
March 18, 2015,

Will it be Choke de Villiers yet again?
March 17, 2015,

Team India climbs mount consistency
March 14, 2015,

Tragedies and ironies of England and Cricket
March 11, 2015,

Oh South Africa, you are still choking!
March 7, 2015,

Minnows fight, Test teams collapse
February 28, 2015,

Myth of India’s weak ODI bowling attack
February 27, 2015,

Why so little faith, Indian cricket fan?
February 23, 2015,

Yuvi’s father’s outburst may wreck his T20 career
February 17, 2015,

India peaks at just the right time
February 15, 2015,

Why you simply can’t write India off…
February 11, 2015,

Why nothing will change in Indian cricket
January 23, 2015,

ODI triple century round the corner!
January 20, 2015,

Dhoni: India’s greatest overseas (ODI/T20) captain…
January 13, 2015,

Stop blaming the IPL for India’s woes
January 13, 2015,

India favourites to lift World Cup
January 11, 2015,

Silver lining of India’s foreign Test tours
January 10, 2015,

The importance of being Ishant Sharma
January 7, 2015,

Seven Things That Set Dhoni Apart
January 4, 2015,

Dhoni’s Test captaincy in numbers
January 1, 2015,

2014: A year of many near misses for Indian cricket
December 31, 2014,

Dhoni symbolizes this era perfectly
December 31, 2014,

MS Dhoni – A man who didn’t play for landmarks
December 30, 2014,

Team India’s six cricketing conundrums since 2011
December 21, 2014,

Eight humiliating Test resistances post 0-8 against India
December 19, 2014,

Test spinners annihilate India and how!
December 15, 2014,

Why Dravid was our greatest foreign Test player
December 14, 2014,

Kohli: King of adversity
December 13, 2014,

Is it the end of the Dhoni era?
November 19, 2014,

Post-2000, it’s only been politics in Indian cricket!
November 17, 2014,

Rohit “The Phoenix” Sharma’s second life
November 14, 2014,

Sachin book: Well left (Not 1, but all the balls!)
November 8, 2014,

And why shouldn’t Chappell have played politics?
November 5, 2014,

Of English Tests and Indian ODIs
September 7, 2014,

ODIs: India strikes in England yet again
September 2, 2014,

Whitewashes: All Test nations bhai-bhai
August 24, 2014,

4 ways to compete better in foreign Tests…
August 21, 2014,

Why the BCCI won’t sack Dhoni!
August 20, 2014,

Is IPL affecting our Test batting?
August 19, 2014,

Of foreign Tests and foreign coaches
August 18, 2014,

Does Team India need a psychologist?
August 17, 2014,

4 myths about Team India
August 11, 2014,

Why Duncan Fletcher must go
August 9, 2014,

India changes the script, self-destructs
August 9, 2014,

India can bounce back at Old Trafford
August 6, 2014,

Required: Long Test innings at the crease
August 4, 2014,

Team India: Don’t squander 1-0 yet again!
July 27, 2014,

3 Test myths about MS Dhoni…
July 22, 2014,

How Lord’s is the greatest ground for India
July 22, 2014,

Lord’s: A victory against all odds
July 21, 2014,

Team India: Always stung by the tail
July 13, 2014,

England: India’s happiest hunting ground…
July 4, 2014,

When my son decided to play the IPL auction
April 17, 2014,

How long will Team India’s losing streak last?
April 7, 2014,

Why Kohli may one day be the greatest ever
April 7, 2014,

5 positives of the SA-NZ Test tours
18 February, 2014,

Indian cricket needs major surgery after debacle
Not a single victory in the SA-NZ tours!
18 February, 2014,

It’s time to scrap the IPL!
13 February, 2014,

The curious case of India’s foreign Test disaster
10 February, 2014,

Dhoni: A strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
01 February, 2014,

Team India full of passengers
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  1. Mr. Rajguru aap har cricket controversy ke liye team India ko hi kyon blame kar rahe hain. Yahan tak ki stuart broad jo ki chris broad ke son hain , unko agar yuvraj singh 6 ball mein 6 sixes marte hain to kya isme bhi aapko Team India ki galti dikhti hai. Aap ka blog sirf India ko criticise karta hai, Indian teams ko jo takleefen huyi hain unka to jikra aapne kahin nahin kiya. Please soch samajh ke blogging kijiye. Aap Indian hain koi Videshi Nahin. Daryl Harper ke case mein ye bhi to ho sakta hai ki unhonon Team India ko DRS ke Virodh Karne ke karan sabak sikhane ki koshish ki ho.

  2. Dear Mr.Rajguru,

    I fully endorse your opinions. The so-called cricket experts like Harsha Bhogle, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Arun Lal etc. go wild the moment they see Sachin coming to bat with phrases like “What a great talent he is? See the no. of centuries in Tests & ODIs, the quantum of runs Sachin scored” etc.etc. When some one plays so many tests & ODIs, it is only natural that you would end up such a figure but how many of his centuries came when the chips were down like 20 for 2 or 40 for 5 in a Test match (or even in ODI) against teams like Australia, South Africa or England that too while chasing a 300 + score in a ODI or a 250+ score in the 4th innings to win a test.
    Once Lara scored a match winning 153 at Port of Spain and won a test match against the No.1 team at that time ie.., Australia. You know, Lara was batting with Courtney Walsh at the other end (who holds the dubious record of maximum no. of ducks in Tests). A Lakshman’s 281 at Kolkata that too after getting a follow on is ranked in the top 5 best test innings played from 1901 to 2000 but a poor Tendulkar couldn’t manage to get even a single test match score in the top 100 best test innings played.
    Players like Dravid and Laxman deserved better treatment from cricket experts, commentators and media alike; I sincerely feel even Ganguly was a much better player than Sachin in ODIs.


    Ravichandran. B

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