Daily Archives: 9 September 2007

Some observations about the Eng vs Ind ODI series

I had said earlier that India would lose the series 5-2. Some good batting in three of those games ensured that India didn’t lose as bad as my prediction. Here are some general observations about the series:

  • A seven match one day series is just too long. Particularly after a one day series against South Africa in Ireland, a one off match in Scotland and the test series. To top that, the Twenty20 World cup starts next week. The one day series against Australia starts end of the month, followed by series against Pakistan and the year ends with the series in Australia. Seriously, why is there a need to have such a long one day series?
  • The only games that India won had an opening partnership of 100+ and some solid batting from both Tendulkar and Ganguly. It is not healthy for Indian cricket to depend so much on them.
  • There were a few knocks from Yuvraj, Uthappa, Gambhir etc, but the young brigade has to step up or India will keep falling behind in One day rankings
  • Tendulkar has to do something about his fitness as he is starting to cramp every time he plays a long innings. It may be time to hang up his ODI boots to prolong his test career by a year or two
  • Dhoni has started showing a bit more maturity in his batting by batting according to the situation.
  • India’s fielding is woeful. Dropped catches, misfields and poor throws contributed as much to the loss in the series as poor bowling and batting. I can’t wait for the day in Indian cricket when the likes of Uthappa, Yuvraj, Kaif, Raina, Tiwary and Karthik all stand in the inner circle.
  • Young Chawla, who was not even a year old when Tendulkar made his international debut showed that he  belongs at this level by taking some crucial wickets in the series. However the real test will come after a year or so when every international player has had a look at his bowling and are able to pick out his variations. He definitely shows promise, though.
  • Powar is another bowler who impressed with his economy rate. Apart from the slow bowlers and to some extent RP Singh none of the others impressed
  • Ajit Agarkar and Munaf Patel were miserable. I will say no more.
  • The umpiring through out the series (Test series included) has not been great, but this was not the reason India lost (as some people would like to think)