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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hu Ha India...gaya India!!!

I don't know why we always pin hopes on our boys. Maybe its blind optimism. Maybe it's the hope that show us( or the ads). Anyway South Africa tours have been generally this way only. 157 run loss is just the first in series. I don't see the tide turning anyway further in the competition.
So what has been wrong, a recent interview with Wasim Akram on some news channel said it all. According to him we chop-n-change too much, add to that our inexperienced bowling attack. But someone told me Kumble has went for the tour, for what playing kho-kho with the team.
It will be better if Indian team does some batting practice, rather than playing kho-kho and kabbadi which may have left Yuvraj out for the World cup.
With due respects Dravid is a great batsman, but when it comes to captaincy, everyone agrees he could be a bit vocal. Rather than showing his presence on the field he remains a bit laid-back. agree that's his style but even with bowlers bowling all places on field he doesn't seem to wither a bit. He should start doing that otherwise its tough days ahead for him. Ganguly and even Azhar in the past have shown their dominance by having a great field presence which maybe important for a captain to have.
The only special thing yesterday was the knock by Sachin. He is GOD!!! Nothing more I can say about the GOD.
Also another good thing was the television presentation on ESPN, bringing back the great memories of days when commentary used to be on cricket not on spaghetti straps. Also the great atmosphere on the ground and the good pitch added to the presentation, quite a refreshing change from the recently concluded boring Champions trophy.
It seems like Kaif and Raina have to do something, Raina especially isn't a hitter and no great innings to his name. Kaif should stop basking in the glory of past achievements which are long lost in the past.
Dinesh Mongia seems to be a good thing for team. His bowling is quite good but its still puzzling why he was under bowled.
As far as Greg Chappel is considered I completely agree with Durga Puja pendal guys in Kolkata who created a deity of Durga with Mahishasura where the ASURA was Greg Chappel. With him in picture first time it seems Indian cricket operates not from field but from outside it.
Please say bye-bye to experiments, Cricket is a lazy man's game, let it be that way.
Anyway check out this amazing post on the same issue,
Kaho Na Massacre Hai

Disclaimer: I am a hardcore DADA (Sourav Ganguly) fan, so this article may not be considered neutral by few, still this is my personal opinion.
Also the title is not against India, it's against the Indian Cricket team. Still if the title offends any I apologise and will change it.

*This one was originally blogged at Sportolysis

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Slim said...

I agree with you... to an extent. Chappell is not to be blamed for the inability of the players to vibe with his out of the box ideas. I feel the players start feeling secure after scoring one good performance and getting over praised by the media. Add to that all the advertisement offers. The batting is very brittle at the moment. I can't believe they're persisting with Raina and Dhoni, when they have better replacements in the 15. The fielding of some of the players is less than mediocre (esp. Munaf). Not playing Anil Kumble and Irfan Pathan is a major mistake they made. Everyone in the team is laid back. What else do you need for a recipe for disaster?

desh said...

Recipes remind me of days when kapil was coach. Team India used to get Aloo Paranthas with Makkhan as breakfast.
Anyway thr is no proper recipe for disaster slim, it can be for success, failure is usually meaningless.

Slim said...

Hahah, I didn't know that.

For the last 10-11 games, Dravid has gone to the mic and said "It's a blessing in disguise. We have to learn from our failures and mistakes" or something in that line. But its only getting worse by the match. Our Indian team has the capability to come out with new recipes for disasters for every new series.

desh said...

dravid is media challanged...he is too calm to become a captain