Random Thoughts – 8th March

Get Ashwin in

For the game against Netherlands, India needs to bring Ashwin into the team. Ashwin can open the bowling with Zaheer allowing us to get Munaf to bowl one drop. And this has the added bonus of dropping Chawla from the team. Talk about hitting 2 pigs with one bird.

The only thing is that Dhoni needs to be convinced that it is OK to play three off spinners in one team. I think finger spinners are better than conventional wrist spinners while playing in the sub-continent anyway (For the record, I don’t consider Kumble or Afridi to be conventional wrist spinners)

Ladder standings – Group B

Who is going to finish at the top of the table in Group B? I’ve downgraded my outlook for South Africa after their game against England. If they win against India, then they could end being at the top of the table with just one loss (I think they can beat both Ireland and Bangladesh). India on the other hand will beat Netherlands and West Indies, but the South Africa match will be a tough one.  So, my predictions for the remaining games in Group B are:

Wed Mar 9 25th Match, Group B – India v Netherlands
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Fri Mar 11 27th Match, Group B – Ireland v West Indies
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Fri Mar 11          28th Match, Group B – Bangladesh v England
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Sat Mar 12         
29th Match, Group B – India v South Africa
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
Mon Mar 14
32nd Match, Group B – Bangladesh v Netherlands
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Tue Mar 15          34th Match, Group B – Ireland v South Africa
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Thu Mar 17          36th Match, Group B – England v West Indies
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
Fri Mar 18 37th Match, Group B – Ireland v Netherlands
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Sat Mar 19 39th Match, Group B – Bangladesh v South Africa
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Sun Mar 20          42nd Match, Group B – India v West Indies
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Based on these results, the standings would be as follows:

  • India (11 points)
  • England (9 points)
  • South Africa (8 points)
  • West Indies (6 points)

What about Group A, you ask? Care factor….


6 responses to “Random Thoughts – 8th March

  1. I’m almost tired of watching Chawla in the squad. There were murmurs of appreciation with his performance in the warm-up matches… but I had immediately posted a blog saying that Chawla would need to do more than that to prove his worth in the XI.

    But Dhoni went ahead and picked him, and was proved wrong! I like wrist spinners and do believe that they can cause a great deal of destruction. Imran Tahir is a case in point! But for that, these wrist spinners need to be tough characters… and I have not yet seen that quality in Chawla. When attacked on a flat wicket, his attitude goes flatter… not a great sign in a young cricketer!

    Ashwin himself had bowled quite decently in the warm-ups without getting too many wickets to show for his effort. I definitely feel that he should have gotten his chance against England itself. Hope he gets it against the Dutch… and with a convincing performance, seals his spot as India’s second spinner in the XI.

  2. match would be interesting

  3. Hi,
    Its a great idea to bring Ashwin in and drop chawla. He has had his chance and has not delivered, and does not look like doing so.
    Besides these changes the batting also has to be more responsible and not get into the record making and individual glory mode, as on some of these pitches no score is enough.
    Hope they provide pitches with something in it for the bowler as well. The last pitch like the one which we got against Ireland is better for us.

  4. Mahesh..
    If SA lose to Ind, they will only rack up 8 points, not 10

  5. I fully support your thoughts of bringing in Ashwin. He definitely deserves a chance and why not against Netherlands — we surely won’t lose that one. We could even give him the new ball and take the route now being used by other teams. Munaf is a good first change bowler and this could help apply the pressure well into the 20-25 over.
    Regarding results : my money is now on Bangladesh. They must be hurting real hard and a wounded tiger shouldn’t be messed with .. what say?

  6. @padma – Thanks for that. Fixed 🙂

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