yeah I genuinely feel that Dhoni was more worried about Lyon than any other bowler, at least at the start of his innings.
Dhoni hit Lyon off his length, which was a ballsy strategy. If that first shot he played, when he charged, had not fallen short of mid-wicket, but instead been caught, different ball game.
Lyon made the Indians think. Sure, the Indians won, but they had to fight for it. Starc and Siddle did not trouble the Indians on the whole, bar a good over here or there.
The emotional investment of a series vs. WI is more than a series vs. India?
I find that hard to believe. Obviously England and even SA yes... But WI?
I guess West Indies has a lot of history, but I do find it hard to believe that present day Australians get more pumped about a game against West Indies than they do a game against India.
Would put WI above SA, tbh. I'm talking non-cricket nerd circle(jerk)s. Series against teams like SA and India don't capture the average punter in the same way. SA came here as the best side in the world yet I bet attendances at the WI series a couple of years ago were better. Some of the attendances for the SA series were abysmal.
Only my cricket nerd friends give a **** about SA and India. Everyone else is waiting for the next Ashes or WI series.
Last edited by Top_Cat; 24-02-2013 at 05:49 PM.
I honestly think you're wrong about that, but can't prove it really.
I think even non cricket-nerds understand that India and South Africa are bigger series (Tendulkar, bigger Indian population that surrounds them etc.) and I bet they know more players from those teams than West Indies, and in general give more of a **** about beating them.
More people show up to see the others. It doesn't utterly prove my point, of course, but it's a factor. I know a few guys in the industry and the general feeling is that teams like WI and England are an easier sell to get people to the games. Attendances at the India series two summers ago were really good but that was put down to India being near number 1 at the time, last chance to see Sachin, etc. They're terrified of the next time India tour.
That's because Adelaide has like 3 people of Indian descent. The rest of the population are a bunch of Lleyton Hewitts.
In all seriousness, surely the fact that WI series have been cut down from 5 to 3 in recent times suggests that no one gives a **** about seeing Denesh Ramdin.
Anyway, not really worth arguing over. Just agree to disagree.
They have the best young batsmen in the world and the next curtly ambrose in their team. Not to mention the one of the best spinners in the world too.
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