India played a terrible game today and the loss could not have been more embarrassing. However, it’s the final that matters I suppose and the men in blue have a very good chance to turn things around. They may have to play with the side a bit though, I feel. I am not convinced Dinesh Karthik fits at the top and one of Nehra/RP Singh has to give way to Praveen Kumar. Personally, Nehra has not really impressed me significantly since his come back even though he has taken wickets bowling straight. Praveen Kumar is a more versatile bowler at the start of the innings and may make a difference especially against Sanath Jayasuriya.
I also think that Virat Kohli should move into the side replacing Karthik. I would give Yusuf Pathan a try at the top of the order and have Tendulkar try and play through the innings. Tendulkar seems to find strange ways of getting out (the bowling has hardly troubled him though!) and is probably an innings away from a big one and that could very well come on monday. India should hope to win the toss, bat first, and score big. I would not necessarily tamper with the rest of the batting order with Kohli possibly batting at 7.
On the commentator’s front, I wonder how much longer should we be tolerating the likes of Ranjith Fernando and Arun Lal. The latter and Sivaramakrishnan would compete for the cliched commentators award and the former badly needs an ESL (English as spoken language) course or two. The rest of the commentary team barring possibly Ian Bishop is nothing to write home about in any case.
Looking forward to a different result in the final…