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South Africa Vs India

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Anil: All of the things you stated as positives about the 'new' Indian team I heard and read all over the news 10 years ago. Sorry but until I see some consistent solid performances against the best to back up this new 'team spirit' etc., I have my doubts. In my opinion, seeing what is happening now and what i saw 10 years ago, the situations are VERY similar. Oh well, we just have different interpretations of events I guess.

In short, everything I've read about this team I've seen before a few times. The players themselves may prosper (as I've mentioned) but as usual the team will probably under-achieve. I hope I'm wrong but we'll see how Yuvraj, Kaif et al do against a keyed-up Aussie attack on the WACA or the 'Gabba. :)
 

Anil

International Coach
Anil: All of the things you stated as positives about the 'new' Indian team I heard and read all over the news 10 years ago. Sorry but until I see some consistent solid performances against the best to back up this new 'team spirit' etc., I have my doubts. In my opinion, seeing what is happening now and what i saw 10 years ago, the situations are VERY similar. Oh well, we just have different interpretations of events I guess.
Oh I agree that the team has a long way to go to be judged among the world's best especially in test cricket, but I feel they are going in the right direction. Ten years back, if there was this kind of team spirit, that certainly didn't reflect on the performances in the field. Now, it is beginning to. As for Kaif, Yuvraj, Sehwag etc against McGrath and Co. at the WACA, well....we have to wait and see what happens. In my post, I just went as far as to predict that Tendulkar and Dravid will fare well, while Ganguly and Laxman will put in a much better performance than in the past. The above mentioned youngsters definitely have the right attitude, but facing the best pace attack on the fastest pitches of the world is another story altogether. At this point, I don't think either of us can predict accurately what will happen.
 

lord_of_darkness

Cricket Web XI Moderator
I reckon a good One Day India Side would be

Sehwag
Tendulkar
Ganguly
Dravid
Badani/any other person performing real well in Indian domestic that deserves a chacne
Yuvraj
Kaif
Bangar
Harbajan
Kumble / Another Pace Guy please not Nehra or Agarkar
Khan


That would look a better O.D.I side for India i feel that Tendulkar batting so down and along with Dravid makes him change his real style of play , he should play with Sehwag where both of them attack and enjoy seeing each other play . Ganguly at number 3 because thats where he is good at. Badani , Kaif and Yuvraj can sort where they come , but i would like to see Yuvraj come up the order as he is a quicker scorer , Bangar because he has impressed me with the Ball in England and is really helpful with the bat , Harbajan , does better than Kumble in pitches outside India , And another Paceman needs to be chosen , someone new ... I,Siddiqui wasnt bad... i dont know why he got dropped , ?
 

luckyeddie

Cricket Web Staff Member
I think that team would do really well chasing, but as far as batting first is concerned - oh dear. How do you defend any total with just 3 specialist bowlers?
 

Anil

International Coach
No call to bring in Bangar. The batting allrounders in Yuvraj, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Mongia have been serving India quite well recently. It is much better to have a regular bowler in his position(looks like that's going to be Srinath).

The team could be:

Ganguly
Sehwag
Laxman/Mongia
Tendulkar
Dravid
Yuvraj
Kaif
Srinath
Khan
Harb
Kumble/Agarkar

which I suppose is the current team. If they want to include another pacer in SA, the Laxman/Mongia could be taken out, I guess and come to think of it, in that situation, a steady line-and-length bowler like Bangar could make a difference and add some stability in both batting and bowling departments. I don't think blooding a new pace bowler between now and the WC will be such a good idea, but you never know.
 

marc71178

Eyes not spreadsheets
Originally posted by anilramavarma
No call to bring in Bangar. The batting allrounders in Yuvraj, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Mongia have been serving India quite well recently. It is much better to have a regular bowler in his position(looks like that's going to be Srinath).

The team could be:

Ganguly
Sehwag
Laxman/Mongia
Tendulkar
Dravid
Yuvraj
Kaif
Srinath
Khan
Harb
Kumble/Agarkar

which I suppose is the current team. If they want to include another pacer in SA, the Laxman/Mongia could be taken out, I guess and come to think of it, in that situation, a steady line-and-length bowler like Bangar could make a difference and add some stability in both batting and bowling departments. I don't think blooding a new pace bowler between now and the WC will be such a good idea, but you never know.
So do you think he's a good option or a bad one - you've said both in the same post!
 

Anil

International Coach
So do you think he's a good option or a bad one - you've said both in the same post!
True. At the beginning of the post, I was commenting on l_o_d's selection and commented that Bangar was not required. I still think he isn't. Then, I brought out my list. If you notice, there are significant differences between the two lists. In that list, if Laxman/Mongia isn't playing so that the pace bowling can be strengthened in SA, then there could be some merit in bringing in Bangar. If you notice, my team already has Srinath, Khan, Harb & Kumble/Agarkar. Bangar could be the 5th bowler and 7th batsman and in that role could bring more stability to both departments. I guess it was a little confusing and seemed like a contradiction. Sorry.

[Edited on 9/29/2002 by anilramavarma]
 

marc71178

Eyes not spreadsheets
That's fine, I was interested in your view of Bangar as I like him as a player and feel he could have a big role in the World Cup.
 

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