Team India fans would like the team to adopt a different approach to the one that was adopted in the First ODI against Bangladesh. I feel that this won’t happen with Shastri and Dravid at the helm. The order is going to be more dour and dull than flash and flamboyance. However, I do believe that a statement ought to be made. One has to leave behind an impression. I agree with Mahesh on that count.
With that in mind, I’d like to see a change or two for the second ODI. I think Uthappa has to play (instead of Gambhir). I’d like to see Dravid come in at #3. He is the best #3 in the team and has to play there. Depends on the nature and extent of his injury, R.P.Singh could get a game instead of Sreesanth.
However, in the main, the intent should be to play attractive cricket and win.
India took one small step in the rebuilding, redemption and recovery.
Mahesh commented earlier, “Pick your game up, India and start playing good, tough cricket – you owe it to yourself as much as you owe it to us – your supporters.”
Perhaps. But then, I do not think that that will happen. I don’t expect too many fireworks from this team in this series. It may be billed by the press as a revenge-series. Although Rahul Dravid has dismissed notions of “revenge”, it will be a strange ommission on the part of the team and the management if they did not set the tour-goal-bar of at least “a 3-0 win“, if not a “convincing 3-0 win“.
Let us not forget that the rebuilding is being carried out by Ravi Shastri and Rahul Dravid — cricketers for whom “gutsing it out”, “grinding it out”, “process more than outcome”, “head down bum up”, “safety and security before entertainment”, etc are (and have been) regular mantras. They are not quite from the “let’s blind them with our collective brilliance” school. They are measured and conservative as players and I won’t be surprised if that philisophy translates into the way they lead the team out of the trough it finds itself in.
We may have seen a few flamboyant displays if Tiwary played. Unfortunately, Tiwari is injured and unable to play.
In his post-match, Shastri said words that characterise his demeanour. He said, “the boys showed tremendous character and fighting spirit” and “There was concentration, there was discipline, there was fighting spirit and above all there was tremendous self-belief. They really had to dig into their reserves to win and that will stand them in good stead.“. Need I say more?
So, I think we should settle down and expect nothing more than dour, measured, lets-guts-it-out performances. Hopefully the result sheet will still read 3-0!
According to some reports Virender Sehwag is likely to lead India in the first ODI against Bangladesh on May 10 in case regular captain Rahul Dravid sits out of the match with a nose injury. However, Dravid was quick to dismiss such speculation and added that he was looking forward to a thumping win agaist Bangladesh.
Ravi Shastri has urged fans to be patient with Tendulkar, Ganguly and Sehwag while addressing the press in Kolkata. Earlier, the Indians were practising on a grassy pitch ahead of the first One-dayer.
While Tendulkar and Dravid were injured, Sehwag and Ganguly appeared to be all at sea against the pacers on the lively strip. Batting on such a wicket does’nt make much sense since the Indians are most likely to play on a slow, low turner against a team packed with left arm spinners, a view shared by Cricinfo’s Sidharth Monga who also reckons that it will be the most evenly contested series between Bangladesh and a Test-playing nation other than Zimbabwe.
Kapil Dev had a veiled dig at some of the players by asking the Indian team to be collective in standing up to Bangladesh’s challenge rather than relying on the heroics of any one player in the upcoming away series
India’s schedule over the next 17 months is jam packed and are likely to play 20 Tests and around 62 ODIs over the next 17 months.
John Buchanan has ruled out coaching India thereby giving a boost to Dav Whatmore’s chances if a foreign coach is indeed considered.
Sachin Tendulkar who had a injury scare earlier this week is back in training and the news is that he has started using his heavy bat again which he had stopped after the tennis elbow episode. While in Kolkata, unseasonal rains interrupt training schedules today, the team had a full session yesterday and the player who impressed the most was yougster Manoj Tiwary.
The BCCI have relaxed from their earlier stand and announced that the team members can sign the player contracts even after returning from the Bangladesh tour. Apparently, as per the clauses of the new contracts, players will get only 5 lakhs (USD 12,300) as flat retainer fees irrespective of their seniority, a far cry from the Rs 20-50 lakh (USD 49,000 – USD 123,000) they were earning till September, 2006. An unofficial complaint about incentive clauses in players’ endorsement contracts was what forced the BCCI to take tougher measures, according to Sharad Pawar. Meanwhile, there have been reports that the BCCI have not paid the team for the last seven months.
Hindustan Times’ Atul Sodhi explains why the Indian team needs Ravi Shastri as a coach?
Former Indian off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna feels that young leg-spinner Piyush Chawla should have been selected in both Test and ODI teams for Bangladesh.
Ricky Ponting believes his team will continue to dominate world cricket for years to come unless their opponents improve.
The BCCI has requested its selectors to choose a “young” team to visit Bangladesh early next month to play a round of ODIs there. So, who will go?
It seems likely that a few of the “seniors” will be rested. It is likely that Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Ajit Agarkar will be part of the players’ group that is “rested”.
Sourav Ganguly may (just may) hang on to his place. But I somehow doubt that too.
The “rested” senior players could be replaced by players like Manoj Tiwari, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma and Romesh Powar. S. Badrinath may come in for Anil Kumble. I can’t see Irfan Pathan going to Bangladesh. Joginder Sharma may come in for Pathan.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is another big question mark. He doesn’t quite fit into the “truant seniors” block. However, it is likely that the selectors may look at his endorsement-mania and use this as an opportunity to send him a message too. I won’t be surprised if he is taken along and does not get a game.
The XV for Bangladesh could then be:
Suresh Raina / S. Badrinath
Rohit Sharma / Mohammed Kaif
Dinesh Karthik / M.S.Dhoni
S. Sreesanth / Ishant Sharma
This team is still short of a proven all rounder. It is also probably weak in the bowling department. So, it is likely that Irfan Pathan will get a back-door look-in.
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- The BCCI review meeting turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax. Greg Chappell was supposed to have spilled the beans on the internal politics, attitude problems and discontent within the team. Instead his presentation concentrated on what needs to be done to strengthen and improve Indian cricket. He has now been offered a consultant’s role at NCA. In an interview, he has asked the board not to run its cricket like Zimbabwe. The stress of all this was too much for Chappell, who later had to be taken to a hospital.
- Kris Srikkanth in a column had written that he was in favour of an Indian coach and that proved to be the case, when Shastri was offered the role of Cricket Manager, while Dravid was asked to continue as captain. Is Cricket Manager just an euphemism for Coach? Whatever it is, Shastri believes that he has the experience to contribute. It is very likely that we may end up having a batting, bowling and fielding coach. Venkatesh Prasad has been touted as the bowling coach, while Robin Singh (the current India A coach) may be appointed as the fielding coach.
- The former captains present in the review meeting have proposed a few changes. There is likely to be more when the meeting comes to a conclusion today.
- In other news, Essel Group’s proposal for an Indian Cricket League is likely to be rejected by BCCI, according to Times Of India.