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  1. #1441
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeteshssaxena View Post
    Kl better in tests
    Kl better in t20s
    Rahul much better in odis as of now.
    You mean Babar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam99 View Post
    You mean Babar.
    Yup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slim View Post
    Babar's test record, which is small in sample size, is mediocre but he is one of the best ODI bats as of today. He is top 3.

    Rahul is not best at anything. Neither tests, ODIs or t20Is.
    Babar is certainly a very good ODI bat. But KL is a better test and T20 batsman. He is actually ranked number 3 in T20Is.

    And the sample size is the comparable for both Babar and KL Rahul in SENA. 6 and 9 matches respectively.

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    Babar is nothing batsman in test. Even Jadeja is better than him. So no comparison.
    In ODI Babar is a good batsman.

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    Will take Babar's 68* in a crucial win over Rahul's 149 in a dead rubber loss.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Currently Babar Azam is getting better and better with each game where as KL Rahul is just wasting chances after chances. I hope KL Rahul doesn't become another Umar Akmal.

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    Rahul has this series and then the Aus one. Needs to prove that he's what he was expected to be.

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    Babar>Rahul in t20s also now.
    Only format where Rahul is better is tests now and even there babar is starting to catch up and should eventually overtake Rahul.

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    KL has wasted too many chances.
    Now he doesn't give confidence as a batsman.
    Babar has raced ahead of him.

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    I watched some of Rahul's batting when he made a 100 against England, no doubt if he becomes consistent he will be a force.

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    KL Rahul has been a let down in the last few months. Not a technical issue with him but his confidence seems to be down after a couple of poor performances. I thought he would kick on after the IPL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Currently Babar Azam is getting better and better with each game where as KL Rahul is just wasting chances after chances. I hope KL Rahul doesn't become another Umar Akmal.
    KL should have been ahead by now given that he is more gifted as a stroke player compared to Babar. Also, he is a few years older than Babar which doesnt help this comparison.

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    Time running out for Rahul, first time I've seen him in a long while and he played an awful shot to get out

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    Babar is easily ahead. Rahul should be compared to Haris Sohail instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Babar is easily ahead. Rahul should be compared to Haris Sohail instead.
    Even Harris is miles ahead of this overhyped hack rahul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Babar is easily ahead. Rahul should be compared to Haris Sohail instead.
    Babar is ahead. Rahul acts like a petulant child and doesn't come across as a team player. He's reckless too

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    This is like a pendulum topic where Babar is ahead based on his heroics on dull,slow UAE pitches and this would change and will change when Rahul will score runs in Australia

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    I wasnt a 100% convinced about Babar being a top class player even though his stats are amazing but i think not only has he improved, he looks on the verge becoming the middle order player we havent had in ODI cricket since Inzi and Yousef. He still lacks 2 things one is just raw power and the other is hitting spinners( the 2 are linked) which he needs to challenge the best in the world.

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    KL Lokesh could bat twice and still not score as much as Babar.


    Bobs is leagues ahead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    KL Lokesh could bat twice and still not score as much as Babar.


    Bobs is leagues ahead
    Not in tests .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    I wasnt a 100% convinced about Babar being a top class player even though his stats are amazing but i think not only has he improved, he looks on the verge becoming the middle order player we havent had in ODI cricket since Inzi and Yousef. He still lacks 2 things one is just raw power and the other is hitting spinners( the 2 are linked) which he needs to challenge the best in the world.
    He doesn't need the power but yes, improving his game against spin will take him to the next level. A few sessions with Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf should really help in this regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    He doesn't need the power but yes, improving his game against spin will take him to the next level. A few sessions with Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf should really help in this regard.
    I disagree, i think without the power he cant clear boundries and that means he doesnt have an extra gear that the real top players have.

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    KL first needs to cement his place in the side. Then he can be compared to anyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swashbuckler View Post
    Not in tests .
    Babar is still finding his feet in Test cricket and has shown signs of coming of age.

    He had a match-winning 68* (RH) in tough conditions against Anderson and Broad and 99 in his last innings.

    The glee on Mickey Arthur's face when Babar scores a half-century shows that his long term plan is to make him a Number Three in Tests.

    In LOI's, it pretty obvious that an opener is what he is best suited for but to accommodate Imam, Malik, and Hafeez, he has to bat at three. Not to mention the slow and sluggish pitches of the U.A.E. undermine his natural stroke play.

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    Is this going to go the way of Umar Akmal v Virat Kohli as well, does Babar have the same mystical thread title powers as his cousin?

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    Pretty dissapointed with this Rahul thing. Anyone who saw him bat will vouch that he has enormous talent and I have followed him since his Ranji trophy days. We all know he has class but somehow not able to replicate it into result in international cricket. Maybe time to play another season of Ranji, spent some time with Sachin in nets (it helped Virat after Emg tour 2014) and then come back. He is only 26 so lots of time left.

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    Don't know what the future holds for Rahul. He's just not living up to the mark.

    Will be 27 in few months. With the talent coming through, he may very well be out.

    Should be played throughout the Aus tour. If he still shows the Akmalesque performances, should be shown the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    Don't know what the future holds for Rahul. He's just not living up to the mark.

    Will be 27 in few months. With the talent coming through, he may very well be out.

    Should be played throughout the Aus tour. If he still shows the Akmalesque performances, should be shown the door.
    If he gets a consistent run,I'm confident he'll find his feet.This chop and change is destroying his confidence


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    Rahul just signed a deal with Puma. He ain't going anywhere. Kohli would play him more. Like it or not, these things play a major role!


    "Don't get attached to anything you're not willing to walk out in 30 seconds" Neil McCauley, Heat

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    Quote Originally Posted by EliteCynical View Post
    Rahul just signed a deal with Puma. He ain't going anywhere. Kohli would play him more. Like it or not, these things play a major role!
    One might assume that but it's not necessarily the case. Rahul was a beast in IPL and there is no reason why he won't be able to replicate that for years to come. There are probably more ad dollars and visibility in IPL then international cricket and Puma signed him for that exposure.

    I think there are two groups that influence Indian cricket. One is the Mumbai mafia and the other Chennai(CSK). The Mumbai gang has Gavaskar, Manjrekar trying to influence through commentary (they can hype or put a player down through commentary. Just listen to Manjrekar's commentary while Pant was batting yesterday), Shastri as the coach and Rohit as the VC in the team. They will influence decisions like picking Shaw over Mayank, dropping Karun altogether, picking Rohit for tests in Australia, picking Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians). Then there is Tendulkar trying to voice his opinions to support the Shaw decision etc.

    The Chennai gang will influence to keep MSD, Karthik, Jadav, Jadeja around.

    Then there's Kohli. He assumes he has a say in everything but I believe he's just a tool that can be easily influenced by praise from Shastri and co. At the end, it appears Kohli is the king in all matters but the two groups have smartly operated for the past few years in the background getting what they want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saurav View Post
    If he gets a consistent run,I'm confident he'll find his feet.This chop and change is destroying his confidence
    Lol at consistent run. Time to kick this wannabe Kohli out of Indian team. Played all 5 tests against England and people still want him to play and find his feet while other players like Karun Nair are dropped unfairly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    One might assume that but it's not necessarily the case. Rahul was a beast in IPL and there is no reason why he won't be able to replicate that for years to come. There are probably more ad dollars and visibility in IPL then international cricket and Puma signed him for that exposure.

    I think there are two groups that influence Indian cricket. One is the Mumbai mafia and the other Chennai(CSK). The Mumbai gang has Gavaskar, Manjrekar trying to influence through commentary (they can hype or put a player down through commentary. Just listen to Manjrekar's commentary while Pant was batting yesterday), Shastri as the coach and Rohit as the VC in the team. They will influence decisions like picking Shaw over Mayank, dropping Karun altogether, picking Rohit for tests in Australia, picking Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians). Then there is Tendulkar trying to voice his opinions to support the Shaw decision etc.

    The Chennai gang will influence to keep MSD, Karthik, Jadav, Jadeja around.

    Then there's Kohli. He assumes he has a say in everything but I believe he's just a tool that can be easily influenced by praise from Shastri and co. At the end, it appears Kohli is the king in all matters but the two groups have smartly operated for the past few years in the background getting what they want.
    #ThankYouIPL for giving us Mumbai and CSK Mafia Gang.

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    Rahul is to blame for his plight but look at the chances he got. His batting slot keeps changing from 1 to 4 without a consistent run. I think he's just in the team albeit out of 11 to satisfy the Karnataka group considering the injustices meted out to Karun and Mayank. Dhoni and his Chennai gang have roped in the hack Rayudu who will be given a run at one stable spot unlike what they did to Rahul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Lol at consistent run. Time to kick this wannabe Kohli out of Indian team. Played all 5 tests against England and people still want him to play and find his feet while other players like Karun Nair are dropped unfairly.
    Nair was indeed dropped unfairly.Should have replaced Rahane instead of going to Vihari

    However no point comparing to opener.Opening in England has always been very tough and he did manage a late ton


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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    Rahul is to blame for his plight but look at the chances he got. His batting slot keeps changing from 1 to 4 without a consistent run. I think he's just in the team albeit out of 11 to satisfy the Karnataka group considering the injustices meted out to Karun and Mayank. Dhoni and his Chennai gang have roped in the hack Rayudu who will be given a run at one stable spot unlike what they did to Rahul
    +1


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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    Rahul is to blame for his plight but look at the chances he got. His batting slot keeps changing from 1 to 4 without a consistent run. I think he's just in the team albeit out of 11 to satisfy the Karnataka group considering the injustices meted out to Karun and Mayank. Dhoni and his Chennai gang have roped in the hack Rayudu who will be given a run at one stable spot unlike what they did to Rahul
    Do you have any proof of CSK, Mumbai and Karnataka Mafia Group's existence in Indian Cricket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Do you have any proof of CSK, Mumbai and Karnataka Mafia Group's existence in Indian Cricket?
    Read my post above where I listed how I think they operate. It's my opinion based on the selections and how Indian team has gone about in the last few years

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    One might assume that but it's not necessarily the case. Rahul was a beast in IPL and there is no reason why he won't be able to replicate that for years to come. There are probably more ad dollars and visibility in IPL then international cricket and Puma signed him for that exposure.

    I think there are two groups that influence Indian cricket. One is the Mumbai mafia and the other Chennai(CSK). The Mumbai gang has Gavaskar, Manjrekar trying to influence through commentary (they can hype or put a player down through commentary. Just listen to Manjrekar's commentary while Pant was batting yesterday), Shastri as the coach and Rohit as the VC in the team. They will influence decisions like picking Shaw over Mayank, dropping Karun altogether, picking Rohit for tests in Australia, picking Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians). Then there is Tendulkar trying to voice his opinions to support the Shaw decision etc.

    The Chennai gang will influence to keep MSD, Karthik, Jadav, Jadeja around.

    Then there's Kohli. He assumes he has a say in everything but I believe he's just a tool that can be easily influenced by praise from Shastri and co. At the end, it appears Kohli is the king in all matters but the two groups have smartly operated for the past few years in the background getting what they want.
    Well said. I have time for Rahul. His hundred at oval was straw he clutched. Pitches in Aus should suit him. It is all in his head though!

    Reg Mumbai mafia and Chennai gang - 100% agree. Manjerekar was virtually cheerleading shardul thakur in the first test v WI. Even after he limped off, he was talking down Umesh. Unfortunately for him, Umesh took 10 and Thakur should never play again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    #ThankYouIPL for giving us Mumbai and CSK Mafia Gang.
    Mumbai gang was present since time immemorial and has nothing to do with IPL. Nilesh Kulkarni, Sairaj Bhahutule, Sameer Dighe, Abey Kuruvilla in the 90's
    Before that you have Ashok Mankad, Miling Rege etc.

    Late nineties, it was Karnataka - Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Prasad, Srinath, Joshi, Bharadwaj, Johnson, Dodda Ganesh, Sujit Somasunder etc

    IPL brought another power player- TNCA thats all.


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