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Another exhibition of why Uthappa should be in the squad if not the first XI.
Yes he got a bit lucky at the end but before that he came in and made a potentially awkward situation a total cakewalk by smashing 34* off his first 15 balls.
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I am now starting to see Scaly's point.
Uthappa looks to be in very good form. Should have been considered in place of someone like Rohit .... Trivadi has been bowling quite well too
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You have to consider the conditions as well.. You guys seriously think Uthappa can do it on the slow and low tracks? He was found out last time in the 07 WC.. I agree he has gotten better since but ahead of guys who also offer us bowling options in Yusuf and Rohit, I don't think so..
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I feel it is too early to conclude who is and isn't a T20 player. Let's face it. Vijay has had like 3 good knocks and Uthappa, again, has shown that he likes the flat tracks with a bit of pace and bounce... Nothing new in that, AFAIC.. His real test has always been away from home on slow tracks.. Don't see him succeeding much on that Kotla track, for instance. And given the fact that all those guys (Sehwag, Yuvraj, Rohit and Yusuf) can bowl to a decent extent, means this guy has to wait... If he keeps it up and keeps putting the runs on the board for India A, he will definitely come into the picture soon.
Where are these pitches with a bit of pace and bounce? I can think of maybe one game in the entire IPL3 where it has been a pacy pitch. The odd one has bounce, but it's usually tennis ball bounce. Most of them are like today. On the slow side, grippy.
Chennai is always hard and the ball comes on to the bat with good bounce and pace.. Same with Mumbai Brabourne and maybe Jaipur and Mohali and Bangalore.. These are the places where Robin is doing well, isn't it?
Most of them are spinners. The seamers who've done well are slower rubbish like Pollard and Symonds. Lots of guys who can bowl variations like Trivedi, Harmeet Singh. Your typical fast bowlers like Bond, Steyn, Tait and Lee haven't had a great tournament. Only Malinga who's a completely different bowler has done well. Even for the FMs there has been little margin for error.
Regarding Trivedi and Harmeet. I think Trivedi has been very impressive in this IPL, he has performed variations to a high standard. Harmeet has one slower ball, particularly well delivered but still just the one, I do not think he will continue to succeed. Jaskaran Singh, who competes with a place at DC with him, is a far more talented bowler, imo and he'll be a good'un in a few years time.
Does anyone think that India should redraft the squad in light of IPL performances? Murali Vijay, Ashwin, Mishra, Ojha and Trivedi all deserve somewhat of a reconsideration, imo. Praveen does not get into the BRC team, how can he play for India?
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