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    [QUOTE=Perm]

    Central Zone require 298 more runs with 5 wickets in hand, if they do acheive it then they'll be needing good scores from their lower order batsman. It will be interesting to see how that game finishes up. In the other game West Zone are chasing 419 for victory which seems unlikely that they'll reach that, they are now 92/5.


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    Central still got a chance of winning this game. The current parntership between Ali and Kumar is 69 runs. They seem to be doing good in there and maybe another 100 runs on the board from these two good surely guide Central to victory

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    Quote Originally Posted by viktor
    Dheeraj Jadhav might be a surprise selection if they do take the reserve opener on the Test tour. He did okay in both innings in this match.
    As Perm just said, he didn't exactly shine with a century in the match. He has a first-class average of 50 but the selectors would've given him an A-team berth if they were considering him. From what I've seen over the past three years, he's an extremely slow test batsman. Gambhir is the clear favorite to win the reserve opener's slot. Dhawan, Uthappa and Jadhav are a fair distance behind him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dravid
    Chawla picked up 7 wickets in the match. I'm so happy with his performance and how hes trying so hard to get picked for the national team. This kid has so much talent, I seriously can't wait for him to get selected.
    Chawla really is exciting. I've only seen him unable to succeed in one important match over the past two years and that was against Australia A in the Top End Series. On top of that, he's good enough to bat at #6 but will be just as useful in the lower-order. He should be a serious contender after one more season of domestic cricket, provided he does well.
    By then, Kumble will be closer to calling it quits ... though with a guy like him, you never know how long he might keep going.
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    Some delays in the Central vs East game, apparently it's been raining and there is a wet outfield. This won't be helping Central's chances at trying to push for the win. Will East Zone still have time to get the required 5 wickets or does it look like there won't be much play?

    West's batting fails pretty miserably while Kumble grabs 3 wickets and Sreesanth claims 2 as South Zone win by 250 runs and get 4 points for their efforts. Kumble MOM for me with his 8 wickets.
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    Looking at the national contenders, it's been a reasonably good outing for most.

    Zaheer and Sreesanth got eleven wickets between them at a healthy average close to 20. Reports made by those watching the match ave often mentioned "pace" a few times when talking about Zaheer, who also bowled a good line and length. The competition between the has-been and the next-in-line is interesting. Kumble got eight wickets against a reasonably strong West Zone lineup for not too many, though he had support here. The Indians may usually play three seamers and a spinner in an away Test, so he may not get the support then. Ganguly had a terrible outing against Central. His little medium-pace act got a few wickets at not too many, but there were too many no-balls and that's not a viable stock bowler option. Laxman got a 50 in the second innings against West, and his team won the match. Murali Karthik got just one wicket. That wraps up the V.I.P. performance.

    Let's look at the outsiders. Venugopal Rao had a decdent outing, with 77 runs in the match, but lesser players had it better. Balaji bowled decently, but a back pain cut short his role in the team in the second innings. The idea of opening the innings with Dines Karthik backfired badly, as he only scored 2 and 17. Parthiv Patel also disappointed with the bat, scoring in bits and pieces. Badrinath scored over 100, with 65 in the second innings.

    Now for the unusual suspects. The all-rounders from Central had a mixed outing, though their team was in danger of a big defeat. JP Yadav scored just four runs, including a zero in the second innings that was just not needed. He took five wickets and had a very good economy rate. Pravin Kumar had some success with his Afridi-esque batting, with a score of 32 in 36 balls with five fours and a six. His bowling took 7 wickets at 28 each, not too bad, but eighteen no-balls is a problem that has to be eliminated if he should make the national team. Spinner Piyush Chawla took five wickets in the second innings but didn't score too many runs. Wicketkeeper Naman Ojha of Central was promoted to three and got out cheaply on both occasions.

    Surprise successes were there for one-time India prospect Rohan Gavaskar, who scored 180 runs in the match with a century, a 'don't-forget-me' signal for the selectors. Siddharth Trivedi, the B-G scholarship holder and one-time India prospect, got five wickets in the second innings. Spinner Ravindra Jadeja didn't get a wicket, but scored a 50 in the second innings at more than a run a ball. Ashok Dinda, a Bengal seamer who's supposedly fast, got nine wickets in the match he played.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adharcric
    Chawla really is exciting. I've only seen him unable to succeed in one important match over the past two years and that was against Australia A in the Top End Series. On top of that, he's good enough to bat at #6 but will be just as useful in the lower-order. He should be a serious contender after one more season of domestic cricket, provided he does well.
    By then, Kumble will be closer to calling it quits ... though with a guy like him, you never know how long he might keep going.
    What are your comments on having two leg-spinners in the playing XI? Chawla may not replace Kumble, Harbhajan or even Powar but he can definitely match the Yuvraj/Kaif/Raina/Venugopal gang with the bat. He's not a slam-bang batsman like his teammate Pravin Kumar, and scores runs a little more gently, with lots of singles. Definitely looks a good prospect as a middle-order batsman but his performance with the ball is critical. He's also a fantastic fielder, which will count in ODI's.

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    Now there are two teams not yet in action. Let's look at North Zone. This looks a very strong squad, but bowling seems to outweigh batting. They've gone back to Akash Chopra, when young opener Shikhar Dhawan is still there to choose (if anyone has any information, please post) from that team. All their seam options are top-drawer here, but spinners just make up the numbers. The exclusion of Amit Mishra is surprising, since he was (and hopefully still is) an India prospect, while Rajesh Sharma and Vishal Bhatia, te spinners, just make up the numbers.

    The interesting selection here is of Sachin Rana. He's been a prolific run-scorer for Haryana last season, their first in the Elite league. This player was initially a stock seamer for the team and has decent figures. The more famous Joginder Sharma is still there, the team's leading wicket-taker and also a batting lynchipn. With none of the pace prospects for India capable of bowling at explosive pace (some of them are just medium-pace), he may just be on a comeback. They've blown it with the selection of two openers-turned-wicketkeepers, who are nowhere close to a national call-up for the position contested by Karthik and Dhoni.

    Finally, the visitors. The Sri Lanka A team called is actually a lot stronger than any other visiting team invited by the BCCI. England A was a big disappointment and matches against Association teams (not even full-strength national teams) sent by Zimbabwe and Bangladesh were mere practice matches for the Zonal teams. This Lankan team has players who've been in and around the national team. They've got Vandort, Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Ganegama, Herath, and this is genuinely an A-team. However, I must ask– why do they have just two spinners? The other spin options are mere part-timers, unless you call Malinda Warnapura a regular. They've got someone named Kosala Kulasekara, who's also got decent batting figures, but some of the batsmen average less than 30! Why were they picked? Anyone got a hint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun
    but some of the batsmen average less than 30! Why were they picked? Anyone got a hint?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun
    What are your comments on having two leg-spinners in the playing XI? Chawla may not replace Kumble, Harbhajan or even Powar but he can definitely match the Yuvraj/Kaif/Raina/Venugopal gang with the bat. He's not a slam-bang batsman like his teammate Pravin Kumar, and scores runs a little more gently, with lots of singles. Definitely looks a good prospect as a middle-order batsman but his performance with the ball is critical. He's also a fantastic fielder, which will count in ODI's.
    His primary role should be that of a strike bowler. A Chawla-Harbhajan duo is likely once Kumble heads out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm
    36 and 43 is hardly awe inspiring stuff especially considering he would have to push past Gambhir and Jaffer to secure a Test opening birth. If he had scored a century or something then maybe he would've been on the selectors minds.
    Agree, a century would have been needed. However, I didn't know it would be just 43 in the second innings when I posted; I was hoping for more..
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    Badri has again done well. Love it.

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    East Zone will be disappointed that they could only manage 15.2 overs on the fourth day, they looked a real chance to win that game outright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush
    Badri has again done well. Love it.
    Badrinath's been extremely consistent of late. Quite a handy cricketer and he's an A-team regular. Hopefully he continues to shine.
    Good to see Ambati Rayudu playing for South Zone again after fading from his early phenom days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
    Sri Lankan domestic cricket: three-day matches on poor wickets. Batsmen averaging above 30 are as rare as seam bowlers in India averaging below 28.
    There is no shortage of seamers in India with an average less than 30, nor do we find very few batsmen in SL who average more thn 30 or 35. Yet, we see the natinoal team and more often the A-team filled with a few specialist batsmen who'd struggle to average over 20 and have very few centuries or 50's. Vandort, in particular, with a healthy average, has often missed many A-team selections while some of those selections had at least four batsmen with sub-30 averages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adharcric
    His primary role should be that of a strike bowler. A Chawla-Harbhajan duo is likely once Kumble heads out.
    Most probable, I don't see Powar in the team for long

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