• A few years ago, when the national team was appointed a new coach, the only way the fans knew if it was the right decision was to wait for the results.

    However, in the current era, it has been hard for Anil Kumble, the new Indian coach to maintain secrecy with the methods he wants to adopt for the national team.

    In what is one of the most basic exercises for cricketers, Anil Kumble has come up with a simple way to get the Indian team to work on their mistakes.

    In his first week with the side, Kumble, who has now advised the players to practice Yoga everyday took them to a Alur, an area 40 kilometers away from the main city of Bangalore for a unique test.

    A One Hour challenge, as it is now called around media was Kumble’s plan to help the Indian youngsters closely scrutinize themselves.

    In this challenge, all the players had to do was concentrate for one hour on the job in their hand.

    Batsmen were asked to save their wicket and hold the crease for an entire hour while bowlers were asked to pick as many wickets as possible in the same hour.

    It does not seem to be much of a test for the quality of the players involved but the results of the challenge will more than shock you.

    Of all the top quality batsmen the Men in Blue have at their disposal, with whites on, most of them are not at their best as just one player managed to stay not out for an hour and never lost his wicket.

    But before we reveal the name, here are some interesting results from the challenge.


    Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, the two first choice openers for India to the tour of West Indies were both out twice in their one hour.

    Dhawan was caught out behind the stumps while Vijay also managed to get himself out twice in that hour. Ishant Sharma, the tall quickie got Vijay out on both occasions.


    Virat Kohli, the skipper of the side, also lost his wicket twice, yes, twice.

    Ravindra Jadeja, who may have a huge role to play in the Caribbean took the skipper’s wicket on both occasions.


    The middle-order of Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul both go themselves run out in their hour but one batsman made sure that his wicket was intact all throughout his hour.

    And there are no prizes for guessing that the new pillar of the Indian middle-order is Ajinkya Rahane.


    Rahane, who is slowly establishing himself in the Indian middle order has already shown his grit and patience with the bat in hand and has shown once again that he will be a great asset for India in the coming years.

    Though the results of the challenge are not too rosy, it will help the batsmen assess their individual weaknesses and with a challenging series up ahead in West Indies, this will be a great way for the side to stay in form.

    On the brighter side, the Indian bowlers were on song and looked in rhythm as they picked up a few batsmen twice in just an hour. These are good signs for the side which is not too far away from a season full of test cricket.

    Here is a short video of the challenge shot by a spectator:



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