Daily Archives: 3 July 2007

Pathan’s resurrection

In continuation to Mohan’s post ‘First steps to a long road to recovery’ on the key role that Irfan Pathan can play in the scheme of things, the news is that Irfan Pathan trained at the MRF pace foundation a few weeks back.

TA Sekhar apparently identified flaws in Pathan’s bowling action almost immediately and initiated corrective measures. Dennis Lillee also had a look in and he too identified kinks in his action

Pathan seems to have worked on these pointers and recently mentioned that his bowling rhythm has returned and is raring to play some matches.

Hopefully, the selectors are keeping an eye on this. The important thing is to test his bowling under match conditions and this is where the England series could have been really helpful. The Indians play 4 tour matches in the series which would have been an ideal place to gauge his return to the national side. Besides travelling with the team and bowling to Dravid and company would have given him some sort of confidence boost. Will Vengsekar make the call?

– Vish –

Preview :: India V Pakistan :: Friendship Cup :: Glasgow

India plays Pakistan in The one-match Friendship Cup in Glasgow tonight (Tuesday 3 July 2007). The match is a charity fixture. However, one can rest assured that there will be no charity shown on the field by either team! Moreover, as with most India V Pakistan game, there won’t be much Friendship out there in the middle. The game will raise funds for Prince Charles’ Charity.

India, for the first time on their Ireland-Scotland-England tour have a fully-fit team to chose from. They also have Ishant Sharma and Ranadeb Bose as back-ups! The flu-bug that was swirling around the Indian camp appears to have vanished.

However, one thing remains a constant: the weather! Rain is threatening to spoil the party!

The other aspect of this game is the dark clouds of the terrorist threat that it is being played under.

Although Prem Panicker suggests that India should abandon the game because “BCCI is missing an opportunity here. Western nations are quick to act all high and mighty when they visit the sub-continent and take exceptions to anything that happens in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. They get all jumpy.

Even considering that, I think we have to go with the best advice that is available and that is from Scotland Yard — and Scotland Yard is about as professional as it can get! I don’t believe that a somewhat puerile tit-for-tat opportunity-grab is really valid here. The teams have indicated that they are happy with the security arrangements. And really, the show must go on.

Both teams are without a coach!

Pakistan’s only warm-up game against Scotland was washed out without a ball being bowled. Since the World Cup, Pakistan played a three match ODI series in May against Sri Lanka, which they won. They haven’t played any cricket since then. So it is likely that Pakistan will be a bit rusty. But you can never write the Pakistanis off in any game; especially one against India.

Traditionally, Shoaib Malik has done really well against India and, as the new Pakistan captain, will want to continue his form against India into this game too.

India will take some confidence into this game after having beaten South Africa over the weekend. I will be surprised if Rahul Dravid changes the team combination around too much. The only change that I would advocate is to bring in Uthappa or Rohit Sharma for Gautam Gambhir at #3 and Ramesh Powar in for Piyush Chawla. I think the experience of Powar will prove more handy in this game especially against the likes of Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi. The other toss-up would be between R.P.Singh and Sreesanth. I’d be tempted to give Sreesanth a go in this game.

Pakistan will welcome back Mohammed Asif and Shoaib Akhtar after their drugs ban was lifted!

Team India (likely)
Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Gambhir/Uthappa/Sharma, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, R.P.Singh/Sreesanth

— Mohan

Dodda Ganesh enters politics…

Former Karnataka and Team India fast bowler, Dodda Ganesh, has entered politics in his home city of Bangalore. Doddanarasiah Ganesh played 4 Tests in which he took 5 wickets and played one ODI in which he took a wicket. Although he did not have many outings for India, he was a consistent performer for Karnataka. He scored over 2000 runs for Karnataka, including a century. He also took 365 scalps while playing for Karnataka.

After announcing his retirement from first class cricket in June 2007 (read this nice article on Dodda Ganesh on CricInfo by Sreeram Veera), Dodda Ganesh has joined the Janata Dal Secular (JD-S) party in Karnataka. Dodda Ganesh announced his intentions after meeting former India Prime Minister and JD-S President, Deve Gowda, along with Mohammed Azharuddin. This raised speculations that Azharuddin too would enter the political arena — only to be quashed!

— Mohan