Daily Archives: 4 May 2008

Two good games and two lucky wins!

Rohit Sharma should be drafted into all forms of the Indian team in a hurry. With the talent that he possesses and the kind of form that he is in it would be a grave mistake if he was not part of the national side. He played another little gem for the Deccan Chargers and in vain again. They threw away a game that they should have won comfortably after bowling well and getting off to a great start while batting. It was sheer magic to watch VVS Laxman and Rohit Sharma while they were at the crease. This side has looked so close to winning most of its games but the points table tells a completely different story. The sides seems to possess the same kind of luck that its captain has had through his career. The one huge gain for that side and for India has been Rohit Sharma. It is not surprising that I have become a big fan of his approach to the game.

Punjab Kings X1’s casual approach in the last 10 odd overs almost cost them dearly. After a wonderful spell of seam bowling by Sreesanth and more significantly Irfan Pathan, they seemed to go into ” I am bored” zone. Also, Yuvraj may have made some tactical mistakes by not bowling Piyush Chawla when the Knight Riders were 50 for 5. It would be a great time for the leg spinner to bowl at David Hussey and Saha and attempt to get them to hole out. It was not to be. While VRV Singh and Gagandeep Singh bowled reasonably well during that stage, it let Hussey and Saha settle in to take them in the final stages. Irfan Pathan’s smart bowling in the last over denied a Warne like repeat performance. Piyush Chawla’s assault on Ishant Sharma in the last over may well have been the difference.

Tomorrow’s matches bring all teams at level as far as number of games played are concerned. Irrespective of the results, the point table will indicate that there is not much between the top 6 teams with possibly Delhi slightly ahead of the rest. I can’t wait to see the Tendulkar – McGrath/Asif and Warne – Dhoni/Murali challenge(s).

– Srikanth