“The Mirror” on England’s recent Woes

The UK Mirror Newspaper delves deep into England’s recent woes

‘Public humiliation’: Swann says England have paid for First Test defeatThe off-spinner says the team may not be evolving quick enough after becoming number one in the world
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Dismal record: Swann admits England have struggled, but does not know why

Graeme Swann has admitted England got a kick up the ­backside for failing to take the next step as World No.1.

The England off-spinner was in a reflective mood when he conceded the First Test innings defeat to the South ­Africans was an embarrassment. And after reaching the pinnacle of Test cricket he questioned whether he and his team-mates stood still while others were catching them up.

“It’s the old kick up the a**e isn’t it?” admitted Swann. “You can approach everything holistically and be a bit trendy lefty about things, but sometimes a size ten up the ­backside is what you need.

“It was a sort of public humiliation by the end of it, fielding that long and then getting skittled ­afterwards.

“I can’t deny that since we’ve been number one we have a dismal record. Whether that goes hand-in-hand with being number one I don’t really know.

“We’re not doing anything ­differently. Perhaps that’s it, perhaps we’re not evolving quickly enough.”


Team India’s Future- Part 2

Besides Dhoni, all the young hearts in the team are extremely talented and courageous to perform in any part of the world. Players like Virat Kohli have already proved their mettle and this is another good sign for Team India that the future is quite bright.

Last but not least, Sachin Tendulkar is still in the team and he may play till the next World Cup. He is intelligent and his presence can make a lot of difference. His vast experience can be of immense help in tight situations and youngsters can always learn from him. His presence still makes the opponent nervous and this helps in winning over the opponent psychologically.

All these points clearly indicate that Team India’s future is intact even after the recent debacles.  This is certainly good news for Indian fans to cheer up.

Team India – A Revolution in Cricket History. Part Two

India lost the succeeding World Cups and Australia emerged as a new champion during 1990 to 2000. There was no stopping to Australia’s victories and it soon became a tough challenge to other teams. During this period, young talents like Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman, etc entered Team India.  Due to their contributions, Team India had offered tough resistance to Australia and the matches between these two countries were a feast to cricket fans.

After several ups and downs, under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Team India won the first ever 20-20 World Cup in 2007 and 2011 World Cup. Team India had posted tremendous victories and many people are having an opinion that this is the era of Team India in international cricket.

India had started playing international cricket in last position and it ended up with first position now. The young blood in Indian team can contribute a majority in Team India’s victories in the future too. Emergence of India as the number one team in cricket is an inspiration to Indian fans and cricket lovers throughout the world. Be prepared to watch many more thrilling matches from Team India.

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Team India – A Revolution in Cricket History. Part One

Team India is a pool of stars and talented players. These cricketers enjoy stardom and there are many fans throughout the world. But to reach this position, Team India had undergone various struggles and its road to success is an inspiration for every youngster.

Back to 1932, India entered the International Cricket as an underdog. Though cricket was introduced in 18th century in India by the British travelers, it got the chance to play its first test match against England in 1932 only. In the presence of professional teams like England, West Indies, etc, Team India did suffer many humiliating defeats.

In 1970, after the entry of Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, etc, Team India went through many changes. Players like Erapalli Prasanna and Bishan Singh Bedi became a challenge to other professional players with their amazing spin abilities. India was beginning to give serious fights by this time.

In 1983, under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, Team India won the World Cup by defeating the almighty West Indies. This was a record then, as many people didn’t expect an underdog to beat West Indies and grab the World title. Team India put an end to West Indies era in cricket, but it failed to become the number one.