Thursday, December 20, 2007

Why India will get thrashed in the Test Series Down under !

I am no Nostradamus here but the whole thing looks really bleak and all I can see at the end of the road is either a 2-0 or a 3-0 thrashing waiting for India.I would be very happy(the happiest person in fact) if Anil Kumble and Co. prove me wrong.


My instincts are not without reason though. I was a huge fan of Sehwag about two-three years back but now his form has kept hitting new and unseen lows. I am not mad to say whatever be his form, he must be in the team. He may have performed brilliantly last time around in Australia but if performance last time is the criteria, take Ajit Agarkar along. Bringing him from nowhere into the 15 will do no good to the confidence of other waiting players like S Badrinath, G Gambhir and many more deserving people.

IMO, Pathan should not have been there in the squad. The guy has lost a lot of pace and is no longer the same bowler he was when he uprooted the sticks of AC Gilchrist on the last tour to Australia. He is only a 20-20 or ODI bowler by all means these days as he has no wicket taking deliveries. He waits for the batsman to make an error and get out rather than prising them out himself.With his pace,short deliveries of his will be slaughtered by the likes of Hayden , Ponting, Symonds and Gilchrist who are all superb players of short stuff.His yorker is more or less converted into full toss deliveries cos it is too easy to spot it. Agarkar would have been a much better option Down Under with his pace ( One guy whose pace hasn't dropped a notch since he made his India Debut .. ) and bounce etc.

Yea .. Pathan's batting is a supposed asset .. But what is it going to do when all the other seven have failed ?????? .. Instead a better bowler will serve more purpose by adding the much needed bite into this attack ...

Why take along Dinesh Kaarthick and Sehwag to Australia if you are planning to open with Rahul Dravid ? .. They could have well played Ranji Trophy Cricket back home. Blooding Pankaj Singh against Australia ? .. What a brilliant idea .. I want to meet the person who gave such a brilliant idea .. !


IMO Dhoni does n't merit a place in the test XI when India plays in Australia with the kind of technique he employs however successful he may have been on the dead pitches back home. (That he wasn't is another matter all together) .. Drop him, let Kaarthick keep wickets and open the batting.Saves one place in the team in which Yuvraj Singh who is in the form of his life since the T20 WC can be accomodated.

It is an often repeated adage that "The best batsman( technique wise) in your team should take the No.3 spot " . No matter what kind of form he is in, Dravid ,is for me the best batsman for India away from home and must occupy the no.3 spot come what may.(Considering Sachin wants to play no earlier than no.4 ie) . Why make him open the batting ?? Has n't the Indian team management got other scape goats leave alone Laxman and Dravid for the opening slot ? .. That those two are soft spoken is being exploited a lot by these people .. Every time India has a opening slot worry, it is Dravid or Laxman whose head falls under the Gullotine. Why not try SC Ganguly ,who is not new to opening (N yea .. Poor Sourav keeps missing a lot of centuries nah ! .. Let him open and score tons of Centuries :-p) being a long time opening batsman or Dhoni himself ??

Unless Kumble takes some strong steps, IMO this team is headed for disaster Down Under ... !! Probably one of the worst results awaits if Dravid goes opening and all ..

Starting XI (If all are fit) : Dinesh Kaarthick (WK), Wasim Jaffer, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Anil Kumble(C), Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh ..

In batting order .. If Dhoni is willing to open, let him do that and leave out Kaarthick and pick him !! Else only disaster is waiting ..

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4 comments:

ajit said...

ishanth shdnt b there da...i ahte tat guys technique

Shrinivas said...

Maams .. Mathavan laam injured da .. Enakkum avan waste nnu thaan thonuthu .. Athukkaga innoru puthu payyan a thookindu poy career a spoil panrathu waste da ... !

Ananth said...

I think Dhoni is a good cricketer, even,though he has an improper technique.........

About Ganguly , I totally agree with u , let him open the innings with Jaffer , let him score centuries that he has missed due to him coming down the order........(just b'coz he scored a double ton , he cant talk 2 much!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Ishant shudnt be in the squad , the 5 wicket haul he took , was just b'coz of batsmen's errors, not b'coz of his own efforts.........

Pathan has done well recently , so he does deserve a place in the team..........

Prashanth said...

I dint read all the big bullshit :D . but if i ever see you after fucking aussies in there ! maganae nee setha da !

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