Daily Archives: 14 May 2007

Uthappa and R. P. Singh to play “dead rubber”

Rahul Dravid has indicated that Robin Uthappa and R. P. Singh would play in the 3rd India v Bangladesh ODI on 15 May.

The report indicates that the likely batting order would be:

Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid (capt), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, Dinesh Mongia (likely 12th man)

I am not sure I like this team. My preference would be to stick with Dinesh Mongia and give Dhoni a “rest”. This would give a lineup (in batting order) of:

Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid (capt), Dinesh Mongia, Dinesh Karthik, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, M. S. Dhoni (likely 12th man)

— Mohan

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Rebuilding India – Drawbacks on the bowling front!

Yes, we have won the series and, yes the batting which has been the talking point for a while, has clicked, even though sloppily and sluggishly at times. As many have pointed on other blogs, this series was meant to favor India despite the WC loss. Despite the yo-yo(ness) in our batting, I do not believe that has been of concern. Strategically, it really does not matter if Gambhir, Uthappa, Tiwary, Mongia, Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Venugopala Rao etc. play. For the time being (at least till the next world cup) it does not seem necessary to seriously disturb the seniority in the side. You should have a combination of Dravid, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Tendulkar, Ganguly, or even Kaif play in the side. What really concerns me is the bowling department. This not just in the one dayers but more importantly in the tests. (Te batting seems even more solid and set in the tests, no concerns whatsoever!).

We do not have a match winner in the side!!One who can bowl a side out twice (or once in a one day). We can afford to give away 240-250 runs to a side like Bangladesh on a consistent basis. With Kumble on his way out and Harbajan findings ways to find his way out, the situation is pretty grim. I like what I see in Piyush Chawla (so does Bruce Yardley for what it is worth) but he isn’t there yet. Zaheer may have improved leaps and bounds but he still is a mystery to me. Sreesanth is a song and dance kid. Munaf Patel is good but does not inspire. Romesh Powar is rated well, but I fail to see anything more than the real good ones in Chennai leagues. I really do hope that this factor is addressed and dealt with soon.

Any thoughts!

– Srikanth

Dravid and Dhoni “Run Easy”

An ad campaign on Reebok’s “Run Easy” featuring Rahul Dravid and M. S. Dhoni.

Dravid and Dhoni run along with Thierry Henry, Nicole Vaidisova is running, Carolina Kluft and others — some recognizable and others not so recognizable (by me at least).

— Mohan

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