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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

6 batsmen?

Just curious, about the emphatic insistence that a sixth batsman would have done the trick -- twice before, against Sri Lanka, we had six batsmen plus the batting wicket keeper and we did what?
We lost 6 wickets for 43, with nothing in either the pitch, or the bowling, to justify that... of those six, only Bajji and Zaheer count as genuine bowlers, Dhoni is in the side for his batting (it surely is not for his keeping!); Pathan is rated good enough to develop into all-rounder material, the others were Dravid and Yuvraj.
How many batsmen, then, do we need to ensure that the two guys in the middle keep their heads?

16 Comments:

  • pack the indina side with 11 batsman + powersub (a batsman) and we will yet not be able to play properly!!

    its the attitude thats lacking!!

    By Blogger Shams, at 12:07  

  • Shudder to think this will be the core for WC 2007

    By Blogger Jammy, at 12:07  

  • I know why we are losing.
    After out victory against the WI, dravid in the presentation ceremony said that "may the best team win in the finals". That was the problem.
    Jokes apart, we deserve to lose this match.

    By Blogger The Suds, at 12:08  

  • We need players with head and heart.

    How many batsman/bowlers etc are only moot points ...

    By Blogger Anis, at 12:08  

  • well the point is.. the extra bowler didnt help either...
    so we wud be better off going in with 6 batsmen.. atleast we have a chance to chase totals. we never bowl the other team out (rarely we achieve it) and defend a total..

    By Blogger Balaji, at 12:08  

  • with 4 bowlers we might have been chasing 310

    By Blogger MAHER, at 12:09  

  • We just need five good batsmen, the reason we hav unrealistic expectations other wise is because we had a great couple of years, experimenting with the 6 batsmen plus Dravid as keeper. But we also forget that most of those guys were in v good form. It doesnt help if we have 6,7 or even 8 batsmen out of which 4-5 are in woeful form.

    By Blogger Toney, at 12:09  

  • Murali and Chandana are taking it away from us. Great bowling/chucking.

    By Blogger murlichucks, at 12:09  

  • who wants to watch Kaif caught at Mid On or mid wicket in the next over?

    By Blogger Anis, at 12:10  

  • 5 or 6 doesnt matter if the 5 know how to bat properly and have some common sense to finish what they start

    By Blogger Karthik, at 12:11  

  • when 80+ needed from 70+ balls u had 2 batter at crease and one sp bat waiting if those 3 go out making 15 runs dont worry about extra one he would have gone too on all matches in this cup if just look at last 10 overs either bat or ball team on field could have done it easily

    By Blogger MAHER, at 12:12  

  • Hey, its not fair to brand Murali as a chucker when we lose. The poor guy has a hereditary and genetic problem whereby he is forced to straighten his arm when releasing a cricket ball. The condition is called ICCisBAD@TakingStrongDecisions. Nowadays, it is also called DarrelHairWasRight too.

    By Blogger Toney, at 12:14  

  • Toney Agreed the chap has something like deformed arm Then why should you allow him to play. is it fair that I have an advantge because of deformity hence I am entitled to bowl/ chuck?

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 12:19  

  • Sriram, if you read my comments properly (once again??), it shows that I am not in favour of Murali being allowed to bowl.

    By Blogger Toney, at 12:22  

  • The five batsmen, one wicket-keeper batsman(not batsman wicket-keeper) and five genuine bowlers is the perfect option for India. We have only had one major success with seven batsmen and that was at Lords. The current line-up provides balance and spreads responsibility evenly.
    To be fair, today's loss wasn't the worst we have ever suffered in our long history of playing in finals. Everyone felt Sri Lanka were favourites to win so why all the fuss now, the despondency and cynicism?
    What did we do wrong today? We gave twenty runs too many, were untidy in the field and were sloppy with the chase. Areas that can all be worked out with time.
    With the current line-up, policy would dictate that the top five score 70% of the side's runs, bowlers do their job and the fielding and catching always be reliable. Bhajji, Zaheer both have potential as lower order tonkers. Pathan may develop into a genuine all rounder and Kumble will always show commitment. With the Super-sub(Why could'nt they just call it the 12th man???) rule slowly coming into effect and the split attacking fields, the conventional line up would always work better for us.

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 01:09  

  • I agree with Rishi on this point. I think with the Super-sub, India can get into a match with 5-1-5 and then take in the additional bowler and batsman as required.

    By Blogger madhugr, at 07:33  

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