"Talent is nothing without opportunity"
"You're not remembered for aiming at the target, but hitting it"
Twenty20 used to be boring.
Dropping Harbhajan- That's too tough a call to take, especially if they're going into the semis of the Champions Trophy. While statistics may not back him, he may provide more in terms of intangibles- particularly experience, which can translate into knowledge for the other spinners. Already the pacers are handicapped because of Zaheer's absence. Of course, the next time the Indians play a needless, useless ODI tournament (Kitply, Wealthsurance, all those obscure sponsors), he can sit out of it, with Ishant.
Now a little thought is required here. Every other team has at least three multi-skilled players. Not quite the genuine all-rounder by definition, but each of these teams has got enough players who can be at least decent at both skills. We can identify two types in them-
You can guess what each type is. Some may be swapped. Kallis and Flintoff may be left out because they're full-fledged all-rounders who can go solo, while these operate in groups. I've also left out Type C, which includes the wicketkeepers.
- Type A: Watson, Hopes, Cameron White, Luke Wright, Jacob Oram, Shoaib Malik, Albie Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Sanath, Matthews, Gayle
- Type B: Johnson, Lee, Hauritz, Swann, Broad, Vettori, Franklin, Mills, Afridi, Rana Naved, Botha, Parnell (?), Kulasekara, Thushara, Bravo
Now India need to identify some players who can go the distance, for either type. We've seen the Indians lack bowling strength when they play seven batsmen, and with five bowlers, the batting solidity is missing. Put two together, and they need multi-skilled players, and more than one. Genuine all-rounders are very hard to come by, so this is the next best. They need to groom a pool, to get one of Type A and two of Type B, to maintain balance in the team. More importantly, they need to find players who can adapt to this properly, so that they don't compromise on their main skill. Who can do the multiple role of either type for India?
Bringing in RP for Harbhajan doesn't look that bad an option though it does mean a longer tail.
Greatly vexed by the rain, finally had a day when work, univeristy or other stufff did not intefere with the match and two teams I always enjoy watching. Just want to see a bit of Sachin before this tournament ends.
Speaking hypothetically here, but if India's match v WI is also rained out, yet Australia/Pakistan goes ahead fine, is there any chance the India v WI match would be replayed? Just seems a little harsh that with no reserve days, a team could hypothetically be knocked out because they had less opportunity to score more points than the opposition due to circumstances beyond their control.
LOL. Pakistan to be bowled out for 150 to spite us.
"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
Bloody rain. With India playing 5 bowlers we were in an awesome position.
Rest In Peace Craigos
"The career is not 42 years old." - Misbah-ul-Haq in response to Michael Atherton after the latter asked if the Lord's win was the finest in his "42-year career"
And their fast bowlers are a bit inconsistant.. Zaheer is good enough to lead the attack but often team he doesn't have someone to support him from other end..
In fairness, in the last 18 months Yuvraj is edging towards being considered an all rounder. 21 wickets @ 34 in your last 35 ODIs where you've scored over 1300 runs @ 47 is a bloody useful contribution.
But even then, most teams have tails which are long, but productive. Most of the bowlers in those teams are far from Jacques Kallis or Andrew Flintoff, but together, they do a great job. India can assemble a few like that.
Is Yuvraj good enough to go the long haul? A replacement for Harbhajan? Or a rookie Ojha? No way. In fact, if stretched, you'll even lose your batting mainstay, something you can't afford. Likewise Sehwag, Raina and Tendulkar. They're not all-rounders, and not even proper investments. Let's not forget, in the India-Australia series in 2008, Clarke and Sehwag bowled a lot of overs. Their batting suffered in those games. Leave it to someone fresh.
So far, India's Type A prospects would be Yusuf, Abhishek Nayar, Ravi Jadeja and Rajat Bhatia, and the Type B pool may have Irfan, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Mishra, Ashwin, and a few more, but the top two or three of each will suffice. Looking at the lower order of Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, I'd say India needs something like that.
Pretty gutted about the fact that the game got abandoned, and hopefully we would just secure a win against Pakistan, so it all doesn't come down to all that NRR nonsense..!!
As for the game, loved the way we batted in slightly dodgy conditions, was very good effort from the likes of Paine, Ricky and Huss (who once again showed how important a player he still is).
Anyways, don't want to sound Anti-Clarke, but the batting line-up is looking so much better without him in there, hopefully he takes a cue from this and goes back to NSW and works on his OD game, he is a fantastic player and is definitely going to be a key player for us in all three forms of the game, but at present a stint with NSW would only help him get better and reinvent his OD game.
On a side note, Watto is learning it the hard way that, one should make big runs when things are going your way, I guess his duck yesterday was his third one in a row.
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