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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

For the Indian innings

...a thought. Given the kind of chase India expects, it might be a plan (a risky one, sure) to switch the batting around and send Dhoni out with Sehwag; tell Dhoni his job is to get a sighter then go after the bowling (the risk is, Vaas is a very very good swing bowler) while Sehwag is told to take it easy, work singles around, and dig in.
That brings Saurav into the middle, against the slower bowlers -- and SL will be bowling a lot of slower bowlers today to take the tempo off and make the chase difficult, more so with Sanath back in action.
It's IMHO just about the best option India has, faced with a big chase under lights on a track that is playing a tad slow as the game gets along.

8 Comments:

  • they could also consider sending pathan up...may be 3 or 4...and add depth or stretch the line-up...

    By Blogger mohd iqbal, at 07:20  

  • point is prem, why do u need a kumble when you're going to give sehwag 5 overs anyways?!...kumble has come into the picture thanks mainly to his old mate srinath and the ilk i feel....everyone had agreed murali karthik was a better option, at least for one dayers?!

    By Blogger mohd iqbal, at 07:22  

  • frankly doesnt matter who they send.. this match is gone out of our hands. this is will merely give credence to the 6-4 theory - see no difference by picking 5 bowlers

    By Blogger Tiger, at 07:29  

  • right tiger...india's moral from this tournament: they have lost Moody!!!!!!

    By Blogger mohd iqbal, at 07:31  

  • I don't think the issue was picking Kumble for the final. The issue was more not playing JP for even a single game - they should've tried him out against WI instead of Kumble. The WIans had little clue on how to play Kumble. And after the figures he returned, you couldn't possibly leave him out. That was probably how they arrived at the 5 bowler result.

    By Blogger Avinash, at 07:32  

  • Quite right Prem. And I have a feeling we wud see Dhoni earlier today...somewhere in the top3 if not opening...thing is all three SG/VS/MSD can up the momentum in the middle overs against spin. But if one of the openers goes early..its a good bet to send in one more hitter...take a chance..otherwise the game is almost lost barring a slight chance of Yuv heroics. Ofcourse all this if we see 270+ total from SL. Otherwise its still likely that RD may be more conventional.

    By Blogger worma, at 07:32  

  • murali must be licking in anticipation now...with such a big total...!

    By Blogger mohd iqbal, at 07:39  

  • you can already hear the 'team management' saying india is at least reaching the finals...we need to learn from mistakes...no point in discussing the past...may be a psychologist would help...Greg Chappel can run a placement agency, get in all who want a job with the indian team!!!

    By Blogger mohd iqbal, at 07:58  

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