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Changes to the Indian Squad

MS Dhoni has just delivered a stunning away test win for India.    His tendency would be to go into the 3rd Test with an unchanged playing XI.   I think that would be a mistake and suggest that India goes in with the following XI. Murali Vijay Gautam Gambhir Virat Kohli Cheteshwar Pujara Ajinkya Rahane M S Dhoni Ravindra Jadeja Ravichandran Ashwin Bhuvaneshwar Kumar Mohammed Shami Ishanth Sharma As you can see, I want two changes in the team.   ·       Gambhir in place of Shikhar Dhawan.  Dhawan has to think long and hard about his game and how he is going to approach test cricket.  He is too cramped on the onside, too loose on the off side and plays the ball in the air more than any other opening batsman – a pattern that will be exploited by international bowling teams 9 times out of 10.   And Gambhir is in good nick and has the ability to fight it out in tough situations – something that Shikhar does not. ·       Ashwin in place of Binny.  One feels a little

Analysis of fan decisions : Hyderabad Vs Mumbai held on 12th May 2014

Analysis of Fan Decisions : Playcall is a Fantain game where the Fans take decisions like the captain.   The decisions are taken and locked in before the actual decision is taken in the field of play.    We had a great game of Playcall when SunRisers Hyderabad took on Mumbai Indians on Monday.   Here are some great insights based on fan decisions.   Hyderabad lost the match – so let us look at some decisions Shikhar Dhawan took and compare it with fan decisions. Decision Captain’s decision What did the fans decide Analysis Team Selection Unchanged side ·        44% wanted an unchanged side ·        31% wanted Sammy back in the team Unchanged side was the popular choice.   But playing Sammy was a decision definitely worth considering. The crucial foreign allrounder slot Moises Henriques ·        66% wanted Henriques ·        34% wanted Sammy Henriques was the popular choice here. Who should bat 1

The logic behind Fanpoints

The logic behind fanpoints Playcall is a game you play when you are watching a cricket match live.  Cricket is a game where there is a lot of decisions made by the captain in the field of play.  As fans, we have an opinion on each of these decisions.  Playcall captures fans' decisions in real time and awards fanpoints based on a few key parameters.  I wanted to outline the methodology we use for this - 1.  Captain Alignment Score (CAS):  Simply put, you get points if the captain takes the same decision that you took. 2.  Fan Alignment Score (FAS):  Captain's decision is not always right.  We compare your decision with the decision taken by other fans like you.  And then you are awarded points based on % of respondents who took the same decision as you.   3.  Mix of CAS and FAS :  A majority of the fans might decide one way.  But the captain might read the match differently and decide differently.  If your decision is the same as the captain's decision in such a scen

Playcall - the Fantain game

Play like the captain of your team As cricket fans, we always have an opinion on what the captain should do.  Should we bat or bowl if we win the toss?  Should we select 2 spinners in this track? Who should bowl first? Who should bat next ? Which fielder should stand in long off...decisions...decisions...decisions.  We congratulated the captains for good decisions and blamed them for defeats.  And many times, as cricket fans, we have said - "How I wish I could be the captain that made those decisions !!!" FANTAIN NOW GIVES YOU THE CHANCE TO BE CAPTAIN ! Playcall is a game brought to you by Fantain where the FAN IS THE CAPTAIN !  Take decisions in real time, live as the match is being played... Compare your choices with the Captain's real time decisions and score points! Play along with your friends and see how well you do against them .. rack up those points and win prizes!   And most of all, have lots of fun ! HOW DO YOU PLAY? Download the App. Click on it. Wh

Why do fans love SunRisers Hyderabad

Why do fans love SunRisers Hyderabad There is a lot of great cricket played in IPL and as a cricket fan, there is plenty of choices available on which team to support.  One cannot but appreciate the talents of batsmen like Miller, Maxwell, AB, Dwayne Smith or the bowling skills of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Pravin Tambe, Sandeep Sharma, etc.  We have also seen some extrodinary fielding and catching from the likes of Faf Du Plessis, AB De Villiers, Suresh Raina, etc and the overall fitness levels and athleticism of the players has been outstanding.   While loyalties can be based on the region you live in ("I support Mumbai Indians because I am from Mumbai" etc), one team seems to have a soft-corner in the hearts of many sports fans.  And that team is SunRisers Hyderabad. I believe there is a very good reason for this.  First up, given that they are a relatively new team - fans want the team to do well, almost like "let us support the new kid in the block".  Secondly, th

Match Preview - 5 things SunRisers needs to do to beat Kings XI Punjab, 22nd April 2014

The tournament has just started and we are getting an early insight into the strengths of the various teams.   Based on what we have seen so far, Hyderabad takes on one of the strongest teams in IPL 2014 on 22nd April 2014 - Kings XI Punjab. This is going to be a very interesting match - Punjab's strength is batting while Hyderabad's strength is bowling.   Here is my quick take on what Hyderabad needs to do to win the match - 1.  Bowl first:  Lead with your strength and restrict Punjab as much as possible.   2.  The team:  Hyderabad's team seemed out of balance for the first match - the batting was too thin and the bowling was too strong.  Here is my pick for the 2nd match - Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch, David Warner, KL Rahul, Naman Ohja, Darren Sammy, Venugopal Rao, Parvez Rasool, Dale Steyn, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Amit Mishra. There is a need for an extra batsman (Naman Ojha in place of Ishanth Sharma) and need an offspinner to counter David Miller (Parvez

What does the fan say .......

WORLD CUP T20 FINALS – A REAL-TIME FAN VIEW At Fantain, we run a real time game called Playcall©.    In this game, cricket fans take decisions that captain’s make in   real-time .    The questions are asked before the actual decisions are taken in the field of play and answers locked in.    In effect, the fans act like captains . Fans know and understand a lot about the sports they love, and how the fans feel about the action is very interesting to understand.  So here is what the fans felt during the finals between Sri Lanka and India.    And remember, none of this is retrospective.    The fans have decided the following at the same time the captains were deciding…                                       TEAM COMPOSITION Ajinkya Rahane failed with the bat. Should Dhoni have played Shikhar Dhawan instead of Rahane. 19% of fans selected Shikhar Dhawan while 81% opted for Rahane. What about Yuvaraj? Should he have played the match in the first place. Yes, sa

First semi-finals - my money is on West Indies

West Indies takes on Sri Lanka in the first semi-finals to be played in Dhaka on Thursday.   This promises to be an absolute cracker – both are champion sides with serious talent.  Sri Lanka is all about the mystery bowling.    When they fire, they fire really well.   They have bowled out Netherlands for 39 and New Zealand for 60.   In the other two games, they have conceded 160 to South Africa and 190 to England.    Malinga has not been in top form while the others – Herath, Mendis, Kulasekara, Mathews have all bowled reasonably well.   Their batting has been adequate without being threatening.   There has been one good knock from Jayawardene and decent outings for Kushal Perera, Dilshan and Angelo Mathews.   Overall Sri Lanka has been inconsistent and, one feels, not been stretched too much in the tournament. West Indies on the other hand have reached the semi-finals with hard fought wins.   They struggled big time against India and looked listless in all aspects of t