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Twenty20 used to be boring.
Another five for Vinay Kumar. Wonder what to make of it. Another wicketless game for Abdulla. That's a disappointment.
Vijay and Uthappa, two opening batsmen, leading the charts. One of them can open for India in ODIs, surely.
Last edited by Arjun; 02-03-2014 at 05:07 AM.
Rajasthan's batting is a complete mess. Last checked, at 73/9. Third game, third slump. Now lost to Railways by eight wickets. Poor batting seems to have had an impact on Pankaj Singh's bowling, as he's gone for over twelve an over without a wicket here. Poor tournament for him so far, likely an outcome of Rajasthan's poor form.
Maharashtra area at 271/7, with a powerful score over 70 low down the order by Shrikant Mundhe. Mumbai's bowlers got at least a wicket each, while Nayar got two.
Century for Karnataka's T20 specialist Mayank Agarwal. OD struggler Manish Pandey gets a decent knock of 45 striking over 121, but fails to convert. Karnataka over 300, but not likely to finish 50 overs.
Rasool short of a fifty by a few runs. Hopefully he'll get enough wickets to stun Punjab, even as Services are the team that's behind serial upsets.
Against Himachal, Ishant Sharma got a solitary wicket. In the same tournament where Vinay Kumar got two five-fors. Something to think about, surely.
MP's Naman Ojha is in good form with the bat. Hopefully with gloves too, since none of Saha, Karthik and Patel seem competent behind the stumps right now.
Last edited by Arjun; 03-03-2014 at 12:51 AM.
Second innings- Mumbai are in serious trouble in this tournament, on their way to their third loss. Things have gone horribly wrong since they slipped against Maharashtra in the Ranji QF. Without three of their top players (Rohit, Rahane, Zaheer), they are not winning much. Iqbal Abdulla finally gets a wicket, but also out for zero in their chase. 194/9.
Vinay Kumar gets two more in his impressive run, but the economy rate, over eight, is not so impressive. This is against Goa, who are still losing wickets regularly. Goa spinner Amit Yadav getting three. In good form in Ranji and Hazare trophies.
The first game was good for Umesh, who took five wickets for little. This one, though, has been poor, at an economy rate near seven, and no wickets. Disappointing, since he's the only reasonably good performer in that side.
Rishi Dhawan is having a poor tournament. Not a good sign for the country's single best swing bowling all-rounder who's a bowler first. In fact, all the all-rounders, except Irfan, are having a poor tournament. In other news, Vinay Kumar is doing the all-round role for Karnataka, leading the wickets tally with 16 in four games, and a batting average of 52.
Today's abandoned match: Tamil Nadu vs Kerala.
Last edited by Arjun; 03-03-2014 at 11:40 PM.
Rajasthan and Pankaj Singh finally having a good game, crushing MP in their first innings. MP have been missing Ishwar Pandey, consigned to warming the ODI benches, though their top players, bar Naman Ojha, have been in poor form.
Rishi Dhawan just can't get it right in this tournament- misses his fifty by a few runs, and hopefully he'll pull back with an impressive bowling performance. Rasool, on the other hand, bowled eleven tight overs to take two. His batting form, though, is still poor.
Pragyan Ojha going wicketless in today's match, for plenty. Goa notched up 289, on the back of twin hundreds.
Tripura bowled out for one less than 200, with Dinda taking three wickets. Gives you a hint of how seriously to take this tournament. Then again, it's the weakest team in the entire circuit Bengal are playing. Even Services is stronger, despite being a part-timers' team, pulling off serial upsets. Will find the going tough against Punjab, who have put together 232/9, with 83 by Mandeep Singh.
Vidarbha couldn't bowl out UP, who finished strong at 268/6, but Umesh Yadav had a good game, taking two.
Meanwhile, Vinay Kumar leads the wickets tally, and may continue to lead. Can't keep him out of action in the domestic scene. If only the likes of Ishant, Umesh and Aaron (and also India's frontline spinners) were so regular in the scene. Not sure if he can play for India again, but surely, TN's Yo Mahesh is still very much a contender for an ODI spot. Not sure about Anureet Singh, who's only two seasons old, and only medium pace.
Likewise Vijay and Uthappa, both leading the runs tally this season. Both open the innings for their teams. Send one up at the top of the order, and let Rohit come down to five.
So whom would you pick for ODIs? Umesh Yadav, in good form lately, bowls with plenty of pace and gets good bounce, but likely to leak a lot of runs, and an unflattering OD record, or Yo Mahesh, with a formidable OD record, over fifty games, but unproven against quality opposition, only medium pace and likely to get caned on flats?
Last edited by Arjun; 05-03-2014 at 01:03 AM.
The figures in this tournament are getting even less believable as it goes on. Now Sagun Kamat is leading the charts, followed by Serviceman Rajat Paliwal and Baroda's Kedar Devdhar. Even in the wickets chart, though mercifully topped by Vinay Kumar and Sid Kaul (much as that counts for little), you have one-season-old Anureet Singh and Rahil Shah, and yet another serviceman, Avishek Sinha, and has-been Joginder Sharma. None of these are anywhere close to India selection, even on the back of this. If you're trying to build India's ODI side, you're better off looking at a balance of Ranji and IPL figures than this event. Random nobodies are leading charts here. It's just a question of how well India's best players are performing, more than who's leading the charts. Uthappa still going strong, likewise Vijay and Vinay.
Arjun who are the leading spinners,since Ashwin and Jadeja have been awful on Overseas tours.
I feel Mishra is still the leading spinner. His performance in the Asia Cup was a lot better than the other two, but his bowling is likely to go for plenty of runs, which scares Dhoni a lot. Kartik seems to have aged, while Harbhajan isn't really delivering- or even trying. Ojha, I've often felt, is a flat bowler in the Giles mould, so he too will struggle when the pitch doesn't turn, and his form over the whole season was patchy. There's this bloke playing for Mumbai, Iqbal Abdulla, with a very impressive strike rate in ODs, now getting better in FCs, but his form in this OD tournament has been poor- though the VH Trophy is a difficult one to trust. He's one of the better spinners in the country right now, but his team doesn't seem to like him much- since he's missed several over the last two seasons after one dropped catch.
Mumbai's other young spinner, Vishal Dabholkar, had done well this season, but he's only two seasons old- and his first season, on flats, was dire. There's Rakesh Dhurv from Gujarat who has had two good seasons, but not been exceptional. There's Jalaj Saxena from MP, but his great form is only in this year's Ranji, and there's Amit Yadav from Goa, who's got very good figures, but Goa is a bottom-tier team. Karnataka, though, are Ranji Champions, and their spinner Gopal has done well- but this is his debut season. Baroda's Yusuf Pathan and Gagandeep Singh have scalped plenty of wickets, but I suspect most have come in the cracked dustbowl known as the Moti Bagh Stadium, their home ground. I don't rate Chawla or Nadeem as good enough for India.
Most spinners doing well in the Indian scene are either a season or two old, or are having their one good season. Looking at the charts for this season's Ranji Trophy, only three of the top ten bowlers in the wickets tally are spinners- and none in the top five.
What happened to harmeet singh?
Harbhajan said in an article in TOI that he is still India's best spinner.
Quite a downfall from potential Indian captain to IPL reject and politician.
Says more about politics than him, to think about it.
Last edited by G.I.Joe; 08-03-2014 at 11:10 AM.
Harmeet Singh was warming the benches all along for Mumbai, so he had chosen to shift to Vidarbha. Then the Rajasthan Royals Spot Fixing Case became public, and he too figured, as a bit player, so Vidarbha refused to play him. After he was cleared of all charges, he went back to Mumbai, but isn't getting a game. Rather unfortunate.
many fans are not happy.
Last edited by Arjun; 10-03-2014 at 06:57 AM.
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