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Friday, July 29, 2005

All systems go

Finally... finally... a new season begins for India. Didn't come a moment too soon -- the prolonged off season appears to have stretched the ingenuity of the media to breaking point. After all, how many ways are there of saying the BCCI is fighting the Ganguly ban; that Dhoni hopes to make it to the Test side and Karthick to the one day side and Parthiv to any side at all as long as he gets to play again, and...
Anyways... end of off season, now we can all go back to suggesting wholesale sackings and recruitments after every match. Should be fun.
An exhaustive preview of the Indian Oil tournament by Charlie Austin; and by the same reporter, a preview of the opening game, later tonight (4.30 am my time -- geez!) between Sri Lanka and India.
Both teams seem to have injury worries -- surprisingly, India going in after an off season is talking of Laxman's back and Dhoni's side strain and Nehra's less than full fitness; Lanka meanwhile have both their spearheads, Zoysa and Vaas, out at least for Saturday's game.
Dambulla, Cricinfo says, is Murali's playground -- interesting, if largely irrelevant (The same piece also says that Sanath Jayasuriya tends to struggle on this ground -- surely that does not mean you can discount SJ as a factor to worry about and plan for?). These things are not indicative of much, really -- but for what it is worth, the scoreboard to the first -- and thus far, only -- game India played at this venue.

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