India have a good 1st day against Sussex

India began their tour of England yesterday against Sussex. Dinesh Karthik (76), Gautam Gambhir ( 81), Rahul Dravid (57 no) and VVS Laxman (37 no) propped India upto 281/3.

There is an interesting story about tour games against counties in England. An English captain, turning out for his county, wanted a particular batsman to score runs, once his more competent and proficient competitior got out in the opposing side. So he asked his main bowler to just bowl a few hittable balls so that the guy could score and get selected for the Test team. After about an hour, the batsman ahd rttled up 80 odd runs in no time. The captain went upto the bowler and said, that was enough and that he could get him out now. The bowler replied “What do I think I have been trying to do for the last 5 overs?”

So the moral of the story – If Jaffer failed and Gambhir is found vulnerable against swing bowling then allow him to get a few!

– Sanjay


7 responses to “India have a good 1st day against Sussex

  1. mohankaus gets his wish 😉 gambhir plays in the first test. either jaffer is dropped or laxman is dropped.

    the order would be :
    karthik, jaffer, gambhir, dravid, sachin, ganguly

    karthik, gambhir, dravid, sachin, ganguly, laxman

  2. the only problem, england bowling will be a lot tougher in the tests –

    Hoggard, Sidebottom, will test the off-stump and not sure where Harmisson is – unplayable ball or wide down the leg side.

  3. Both Jaffer and Gambhir are going to be easy meat for the English bowlers in tests. India will certainly miss Sehwag a lot. I suppose Laxman should be given the first test at least!

  4. For India, the 4 bowler model does not go well, esp. in flat tracks. One or two of the 4 bowlers seem to have off-days and 2 bowlers can not bowl out an opposition. For Australia, 4 bowlers is enough with Glen and Shane, but not for India.

    India desperately need to groom an all-rounder in the model of – Bravo, Afridi, who can fill that slot of bowling a few overs and also get some vital breakthroughs. Batting should be the primary skill.

  5. I’m not sure what you are trying to say gnbmdr.

    If you are saying that the 4-bowler model does work well are you saying that India should go with 5- or 3-bowlers?

    And is your hypothesis that one or two of the bowlers have off days because India has a 4-bowler policy?

    Some clarity is definitely in order here, I believe.

  6. sorry

    4 bowler model does not work for india. usually, 2 of 4 bowlers seem to have off-days and the remaining 2 bowlers can not bowl-out a decent side. i was suggesting, a bowling support, 5th bowler.

    it can be an all-rounder – a good bat who can be a decent bowler, a spinner, more than the Sehwag or Yurvarj type of bowler. that will be good for india in the long run.

  7. I think it has to be a horses for courses policy. The 5-bowler approach was right for Bangladesh where the team was playing in 40+ temperatures. Moreover, the seam-up bowling of Ganguly or Tendulkar would have had no effect in those conditions. It is a different ball-game altogether in England. The weather is more conducive to bowlers having more lengthy spells. Moreover, the bowling of Ganguly and the seam-up stuff from Tendulkar can, if nothing else, offer relief. At best it may even offer variety. So, I don’t believe India should look at a 5-bowler; four bowlers should be plenty.

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