Some random thoughts

  • Ricky Ponting had never won a Test match as captain in India. He looked appeared to break that draught, but it wasn’t to be. Will it happen in Bangalore?
  • After his first innings performance with the ball, injury and no-balls, it appeared that Ishant Sharma would be dropped for the second test. Surely? But after that 3 wicket blast and the best 31 runs of his career, he may have done enough to save his spot. But wait! He has been left out due to his injured right knee.
  • Is anyone else curious as to why Michael Clarke wasn’t given a bowl in this test? I expected Ponting to have thrown the ball to the man with the golden arm as a last resort at least on day 5, when India was getting close to victory. It never happened. (And Katich can bowl too)
  • Marcus North – Has he done enough to get dropped from the team? If he gets dropped, then Hughes probably needs to play in the middle order. But Australia lose a spinner – I thought North even bowled better than Hauritz, who is their first choice spinner. Tough call!
  • Nathan Hauritz hasn’t done enough in this test and didn’t really trouble the batsmen. Is it time to give Steven Smith a chance? And if Bollinger can’t play the 2nd test, then Peter George may make his debut. Or maybe Smith replaces Bollinger and Australia play two spinners and two fast bowlers – a combination they very rarely play. Shane Watson gives them the luxury of doing it though. It is going to be very hard to pick the team for the second test.
  • Gambhir is injured and won’t play the second test. It is more than likely that Vijay will take his spot although Abhinav Mukund has been drafted into the team.
  • Will Laxman play the second test? If he doesn’t, will Pujara replace him? Or will India send an SOS to Yuvraj Singh (who just scored a double hundred in the Irani Trophy).
  • Will Dhoni ever win the toss? Dhoni hasn’t won the toss the whole year! It is time he won the toss and batted first.
  • -Mahesh-

    3 responses to “Some random thoughts

    1. I guess Australia needs to replace Marcus North with Steve Smith. Smith can bat… maybe not as well as North, but the way North is batting right now, anyone would be better!

      This will give Ponting a stronger bowling attack, and he desperately needs one to challenge the might of India’s batting. One may argue that he got 19 wickets with the current attack, but lets be practical. You don’t expect a batting unit as strong as India’s to suffer too many collapses in a series.

      And about Dhoni’s loss-of-toss-syndrome, I was just wondering – Can’t we name another captain for the toss?

    2. I would sooner pick Smith as a replacement for North than for Hauritz (ignoring the question of which one deserves to be dropped). Also, while Hughes could no doubt bat lower, I’d expect his (unlikely) entry to the team to mean Watson returning to the middle order.

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