I don't find it hard to believe that Yuvraj will be someone who will happily and easily transition away from cricket once his career in it is over. Could easily become someone like Ambrose who won't watch/follow the game once his career is done.
Yuvraj may be technically limited, but that has never been a reason for players to be bad at Test cricket. He has far more talent at his disposal than players like Collingwood, Giles, Richardson, Akash Chopra, Brendan Nash, even an Ed Cowan. If he really cared that much about Test cricket, he would have found out a way to fix or work around his technical deficiencies and have made something of himself.
He's become more unfit with each passing year, and while he's still one of the best fielders in the side, he's not anywhere close to where he was when he debuted, and it doesn't look like he's put in any effort to get back to that level. His bowling hasn't gained anymore bite or variation, though he has become a lot more smarter with it.
I agree with the idea that he was picked too premature. He had a few decent ODIs when he got back, and did score that 200 in Ranji, so it wasn't a totally unjustified selection.
But generally, Yuvraj doesn't strike me as a committed player determined to be one of the best in the world at Test cricket. More than anything, he strikes me as a player who wants to make the most of his career financially while he can, who loves the spotlight, and who performs at his best when he is irked or insulted; when his pride is on the line.
to build a big partnership is just sad to watch ... fielders just drop their shoulders...and i genuinely believe Dhoni has to take a lot of the blame for this... his field settings dont inspire confidence in the bowlers, he fails to keep his players motivated and energetic. Fail Captain.
Captaining isn't easy. You can't motivate someone who is not motivated. There is no magical switch you can flip to do that.
Very, very few captains are capable of doing that, if any. Any great captain will tell you that that they had a side full of players who already had a desire to be the best; that is was about just getting the best out of them. If you have to motivate the players to make them want to do well in the first place, you are just better of getting new players.
I suspect this might be one of the reasons Dhoni wanted Zaheer out of the team really.
And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
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Yup. This is one my firm beliefs. I think your spirits should remain high as long as you are in the game, and this should be your natural reaction. Of course, if you do it just to inspire the others and keep the energy level up, it is a great thing too, but the ideal way is for it to come naturally.Originally Posted by smalishah84
I've been asking myself so why is Dhoni in the team? Is it for batting, w.keeping, captaincy? What is it? Is it mainly because of his experience more than anything else that he's holding the place in the current team atm? Can India afford another new face in the team? A test team particularly still needs some experienced players in the mix. Dhoni gives them this balance (plus captaincy factor) and holding his place despite poor show or is he just this influential that no one got ***** to drop him. But for how long? I think India missed a massive opportunity by not replacing Dhoni as soon as in New Zealand series. A new captain and w.keeper would have got right space to get things straight beginning from NZ series @ home.
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Its to with marketing I suspect that and the probable lack of a batsman who's as good as him/ better in tests for India.
it's quite clear that his skills as a batsman have waned especially in the last 6 months while his mental strength, focus levels have not been the same ever since the WC win.
maybe after having achieved 0-4, 0-4 overseas, he wants to be part of a couple of series defeats at home too.
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Don't understand why people still want Zaheer in the team.
He's been a downward slope since the World cup - at 34, even if he were to cotinue I can't see him being available for that much longer in any case.
India have a pretty heavy schedule coming up with Australia at home followed by away tours to RSA, NZ, England And Australia.
Time India looked forward and built a group of new pace bowlers repositioned with Umesh Yadav as the spearhead.
I think Ishant's key though - they really need him to turn it around and I think Joe Dawes's biggest job is probably here - getting Ishant to live up to his potential.
Dropping Yurvraj is a no brainer and I think Harbhajan's time was up some time ago.
Jadeja may or may not work out in tests but I think he's worth a shot.
The other guy I think India should have dropped but didn't is Gambhir - personally think he's an ordnary player who's lived off a couple of good inings.
I'd replace him with Chand - yes picking Unmukt would be a risk given he's so young but I reckon the lad has the talent to be a top batsman at test level.
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If you look at highlights from the first 4 innings in Aus, he looked ridiculously good. He was picking the ball really early and was getting into excellent positions against some quick stuff. Just been downhill since then for some reason - very weird.
yeah I think Gambhir's gotta go very very soon, he scored 100 runs in the match but those 2 run outs basically negated his contribution.
I still fail to see why Rahane can't open, dude started out as an opener, he opens in the limited overs format, just because he was picked for the middle order slot doesn't mean you can't play him as an opener, He's much better than Murli Vijay who has technical issues.
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