India home season review March 29, 2017

Poll: The best of India's home season

ESPNcricinfo staff
Have your say on the most memorable performances from the 13 Tests in India since September last year
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  • Ahmad on April 1, 2017, 4:35 GMT

    Kohli's killer instincts as batsman & captain in IND vs SA final test totally demolishing SA world No1 team set the stage for IND that Kohli's victories weren't fluke he had a method to his extraordinary success as captain despite carrying the same team as Dhoni had that ranked 6th.

  • Cookie on March 31, 2017, 19:23 GMT

    O'Keefe is underappreciated, I think! He did something totally unexpected which led to a shocking result in the first Test, which kept the whole series interesting. Had India simply won 4-0, there'd be little interest after the second Test as it just becomes too much of the same.

  • Ramani on March 31, 2017, 7:40 GMT

    What is evident is every country Australia, England, South Africa, NZ, India or even Sri Lanka & Bangladesh for that matter prove that at home they are winners but unlike in the past they rarely win away. Pace or spin does not decide. Australia won the first test by spin and lost the last test to pace but they claim strength is pace. Unlike the English team's tour, the Australia series was not even a high scoring one mostly. WI unfortunately had been consistent in losing. Pakistan and WI are building their teams since last 10-15 years. SL after retirement of Mahela, Sanga, Murali is never the team it one was Playing away, only SA is better than the rest as of now although they had a poor tour of india.

  • Nitin on March 31, 2017, 7:19 GMT

    @mike_b & few others - If pujara is a walking wicket then most legends who hail him as the best in defense/test-class were walking wickets ? And these legends are not just from India :). Smith is no doubt a good batsman but he needs to inculate sportsman spirit - that was glaringly lacking in him. Same was the case with Ponting - another great who was an excellent batsman but had a lot of distance to cover on being a true sportsperson. On this aspect, the likes of Richards, SRT, Dravid etc were miles ahead.

  • Nitin on March 31, 2017, 7:11 GMT

    @mike_b & few others - If pujara is a walking wicket then most legends who hail him as the best in defense/test-class were walking wickets ? And these legends are not just from India :). Smith is no doubt a good batsman but he needs to inculate sportsman spirit - that was glaringly lacking in him. Same was the case with Ponting - another great who was an excellent batsman but had a lot of distance to cover on being a true sportsperson. On this aspect, the likes of Richards, SRT, Dravid etc were miles ahead.

  • michael on March 31, 2017, 6:35 GMT

    I think Umesh is the most exciting player for Indian cricket. If you want to win overseas &if India want to win their first ever series in Aust then you need more than spin. Kumble, Bedi, Prasanna, H.Singh etc etc couldn't do it. You need good fast bowlers AND spinners to win in Aust. In other words, a balanced attack. Fast bowlers to dominate in the first innings and a spinner to work on days 4 and 5 as the pitch dries and breaks up. McGrath/Lee/Gillespie then Warne. Umesh is great but you need one more as it's too much to ask of one fast bowler. Ishant isn't up to it - in 2008 he took 6 wickets at 59, and in 2012 he took 5 wickets at 90!!! Leave him in India and unearth some young help for Umesh if you want to be taken seriously as a great team that can win in England, SA, NZ and Aust. The dominant Windies and Aussie teams from recent decades were great because they won regularly all over the world away from home. Winning at home was a formality.

  • michael on March 31, 2017, 6:22 GMT

    How do you think any team would go against Cummins, Starc, Pattinson and Hazelwood in Aust conditions athe moment? Have your opinions but in Aust we know the answer. The "great" Indian batting order of Sehwag, Gambir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Kohli, Dhoni lost 4-0 in 2012 against a popgun attack of Siddle, Hilfenhaus and a young Pattinson. With none of them averaging over 40!!! If Aust's batting is so bad how come it took India to the second innings of the 4th test to win - and on their home grounds? I think it was a great series and I support pitches reflecting their national flavor. The Ashes series will have pitches that are fast and furious. Yes, batsmen like Warner are strugglers on SC wickets but on Aussie wickets he's dynamic. And what's wrong with that? Plenty of Indians (such as Pujara) are walking wickets on our fast pitches. Horses for courses as they say - the true greats play well everywhere but then there are few true greats around. Obviously Smith is one.

  • Srikanth on March 31, 2017, 6:12 GMT

    I was looking for Karun's triple century in Best innings of the season

  • Suganthan on March 31, 2017, 4:52 GMT

    U Yadav is exceptional throught the whole season. He deserves Grade B Contract.

  • Suganthan on March 31, 2017, 4:50 GMT

    Some of the Very Special efforts in theWHOLE Indian Season: 1 . Kohli's 45 in Kolkata vs NZ in Second Innings. 2. Kohli 49* in Rajkot. 3. Kohli 81 in Vizag. 4. Ashwin 12 in Mumbai. 5. Jadeja 7/48 in Chennai.

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