Daily Archives: 19 March 2007

Go for broke India

India take on Bermuda in less than two hours and the Indian camp although confident of winning will be concerned about the net run rate factor. However as Anand Vasu says in Cricinfo, the focus should be on controlling the controllables and not worry about the rest.

The Indians were over cautious in the Bangladesh game after misreading the pitch and I thought were aiming at a moderate 220-225 mid way through the innings. I am sure the team would have, in retrospect, attacked more. I thought the left arm seamer was given more respect than his bowling deserved and allowed him to dictate terms.

They shouldn’t repeat the same mistakes here and should go into the game with an uncluttered mind. I agree with Sanjay Subrahmanyan that Sehwag should play today and hopefully bat at No 6. He and Dhoni will be the key to get India past 350. I think Kumble will get a game replacing Agarkar.

There is a lot of speculation that Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly will open. It really does’nt matter since Uthappa has shown that he can capitalise on the powerplay field restrictions too. Even if one of them fire and Dhoni or Sehwag can finish it off, we are looking at 350 plus… A lot of confidence going into the Sri Lanka game on the 23rd.

-Vish

News in brief: Monday 19 March 2007

-Mahesh- 

Bob Woolmer tribute ad…

As a tribute to Bob Woolmer, we bring you this Pepsi ad which stars Woolmer and Akthar.

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Sachin to open?

Today is the first of the many nervous days that all of us Indian cricket enthusiasts have to go through. We have to win and win well.

So what is winning well? If we bat first we have to win by more than 253 runs (the margin by which Sri Lanka beat Bermuda).

If we field we have to skittle Bermuda out for a low total and then make the requisite runs very very quickly.

Will Sehwag play today? I think he will. In a match like this where runs have to be scored really fast, Sehwag and Dhoni will be crucial. But the most interesting talk doing the rounds is that Sachin may open! The team might get the old firm of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly back at the top to give it inspiration/impetus.

A good choice under the circumstances, I think.

In all probability Dhoni will bat at 3 whatever the situation of the match. With Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid batting down the order, and an ‘out form but likely to score against a minnow in the true sense’ Virender Sehwag, they can afford to send Tendulkar up the order.

And the bowling?

I think Kumble should play. Minnows are not familiar with his brand of spin whereas they may be able to cope with any form of medium pace. Irfan Pathan should also play today.

So the likely team (in likely batting order):

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, M. S. Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Uthappa/Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel

– Sanjay

Breaking news: Bob Woolmer collapses and dies

Bob Woolmer, the Pakistani coach and former England player has died in his hospital room. Woolmer, who was born in Kanpur India, was more known for his pioneering coaching techniques than his cricketing abilities, although he played 19 tests and was once Wisden Cricketer of the year. The news has shocked the cricketing world and tributes are starting to pour in

Here is cricinfo’s timeline on his life.

May his soul rest in peace…

-Mahesh-