Daily Archives: 17 May 2007

India to play 5 bowlers?

Cricinfo – India in familiar selection quandary

The above article by Sidharth Monga previewing the 1st test, states that India likely to play 5 bowlers. So who will be the 5 bowlers? Zaheer & Kumble are certainties. VRV Singh has played 4 tests and taken 5 wickets at 74 apiece with an economy rate of 3.91. Munaf Patel on the other hand has played 7 tests and taken 25 wickets at 29 apiece with an economy rate of 2.90. So Munaf will have to play on the strength of his record and past performances. Now comes the tricky part. Can we play 3 spinners? Given the nature of the wickets and the weather conditions, a third fast bowler is preferable to 3rd spinner. Afterall we do have Sachin to bowl a few overs.

What about the batting? Dravid, Jaffer, Sachin are certainties. I personally think Yuvraj does not have a place. If Karthik has been picked as an opener then Laxman or Dhoni may get the axe. If Dhoni has to play then Dravid will open and they will drop Karthik. My personal prediction of the likely lineup in batting order

Jaffer
Karthik
Dravid
Sachin
Sourav
Laxman
Powar
Kumble
Zaheer
VRV Singh
Munaf

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Should Yuvraj be in the Test team?

I was just fiddling with the stats filter on CricInfo and looking up Yuvraj’s test performance.. His overall test record is nothing to write about

Mat I NO Runs HS1 HS2 HS3 Ave 100 50 0
19 29 4 830 122 112 77* 33.30 2 3 3

While Sehwag has been criticised so much for lack of contributions etc what has Yuvraj done? Should he be taken in the Test team. Should not a more prolific newcomer be considered instead? 19 tests and 2 centuries and 3 fifties??? Ok so maybe those were early days, He was opening the batting or shunted up and down the order. Let us look at something more recent. Last 10 tests played

Mat I NO Runs HS1 HS2 HS3 Ave 100 50 0
10 15 1 414 122 75 45 29.57 1 1 2

Just 1 hundred and 1 fifty in 15 innings!  Let us look at something even more recent. He played in all 4 tests against the West Indies last year and here is his stats.

Mat I NO Runs HS1 HS2 HS3 Ave 100 50 0
4 7 1 104 39 23 19 17.33 0 0 1

With this kind of performances and stats what is he doing in the test team?

-Sanjay

Sportstar’s India Bangladesh ODI series wrap up

The Sportstar in its cover story on MS Dhoni, says that the poster boy has come of age. This is what S. Dinakar has to say on Dhoni –

M. S. Dhoni’s ability is immense. He can generate extreme power with his wristwork and bat speed, dumping good deliveries into the stands. He now seeks to use his aggression judiciously, improve stroke-selection. He no longer wants to be ruled by impulse

On the 1st ODI, Vijay Lokapally writes that it’s a Dhoni-Karthik show

The win was certainly not a revenge for the World Cup embarrassment at the hands of Bangladesh. It was just the start the Indian team had pledged its skipper, heralding a new season that has challenges ahead in England, Australia and Pakistan

On the 2nd ODI, he is all praise for Gambhir

When a batsman puts a price on his wicket the contest intensifies, and it was a determined Gautam Gambhir that one saw at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium

-Mahesh-