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Monday, August 08, 2005

Monday morning

Two down-to-the-wire games on Sunday; plenty of ripe stuff in the media on both -- and a Monday morning after a week away from work due to illness...
Will catch up with pending work, of which there seems enough to trigger a relapse, and be with you guys in oh, I donno, couple hours from now. Meanwhile, open thread, for your thoughts on whatever...


  • Looking at the stats of matches in Lanka. Sides batting first are heavily favored to win. So first up Dravid has to win the toss, again. And then hope for his top order to finally come good. Line seems to be Sehwag, Ganguly, Dravid, Yuvraj and Kaif for sure. Dont know who the 6th bat is going to be. Could be Yadav or Rao or Laxman. Dont think Raina would come in. Dhoni the keeper, followed by Pathan, Bhajji, Kumble, Nehra. Its seems certain that 2 spinners will play. There could be toss up between Balaji and Nehra, but I think Balaji might miss out. Between Laxman, Rao and Yadav, its hard to know what the mgmt thinks. Will have to wait till the start of the match.
    Sri Lanka on the other hand have a settled line-up and with Vaas, Zoysa, Mahroof and Murali with Dilshan, Arnold and Jayasuriya as the 5th, their bowling looks impressive for Lankan conditions. The batting looks a little brittle with Atapattu and Sangakara not having made too many runs. This is where India needs to attack. Lets hope they can start GC's tenure with a win!

    By Blogger Tiger, at 11:18  

  • 2 fantastic matches! The middle to lower orders of Aus and WI showing lot of gumption unlike the batsmen that came before them.
    Meanwhile, India's problem of shutting down the lower order has now become "official". Need more than 1 Kumble....
    Considering form , problems, conditions, experience, final, etc I would go with the following XI -
    1. Sehwag
    2. Ganguly
    3. Laxman
    4. Dravid
    5. Yuvraj
    6. Kaif
    7. Dhoni
    8. Pathan
    9. Balaji
    10. Kumble
    11. Nehra

    I don't think Harbhajan has shown any good form, same goes with Khan. Balaji can swing both ways and could be good if he hits his straps (thats a big if though). If Ganguly is not fit, get in Rao. I would just not want JP to make appearance straight away in a final (though that could be an interesting little gamble).

    By Blogger Anand K, at 11:23  

  • India i think got to play both spinners and five bowlers .... maybe yadav wud be a good choice ? any idea wat his domestic bowling record is like ?? god knows why they didnt try him in one of the earlier matches . Any idea if any other bits and pieces players floating around in domestic cricket for the future

    Funny match at Zim - Zim guys got bowled out twice in some 4-5 hours . India might win a overseas test series outside subcontinent finally

    By Blogger Karthik, at 11:27  

  • Karthik, The purpose of Zim/NZ games is to make sure that people don't get carried away and think that Test cricket is the best and most exciting sport in the world :-)

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 11:33  

  • karthik - dont count your chicken yet! India has the rare ability to make even innocous opposition look like champions! Remember last time we toured Zim, the series was tied 1-1. I sure hope we FINALLY win a series outside the subcontinent.

    By Blogger Tiger, at 11:33  

  • For the first time a game in which India played didn't engross me as much as the Ashes Test...
    Just waiting for Prem's take on the Test.
    With India's record in Finals, I'm betting that Sri Lanka has this on a canter...

    By Blogger Sunny, at 11:42  

  • Saurabh,

    This is exactly my problem with ICC's thinking behind the changes in One dayers. Cricket in any format would be exciting if you have a true contest. No amount of supersubs and powerplays would make a mismatch such as NZ-ZIM etc exciting. Rather than making sure that the right levels of teams compete against each other, ICC is tinkering with the formats of the game. Come to think of it, the most interesting games lately have been the test matches played by evenly matched teams.

    By Blogger Sandeep Nalgundwar, at 11:48  

  • Yup, what a day. The Ashes match should have gone to Australia. After they came so close, to lose it is disheartening.

    Meanwhile, India sputters into the final, as expected (expected both - sputter part as well as making it to the final part). Now, if they somehow eke out a win, can we say that India was the best team in the competition - no way. Like the much cliched term 'One day games are unpredictable - the team that plays well on the day is the winner'.

    Just wanted to caution everyone that if India wins, there is no big deal. Except clearing some past demons of losses in the finals of various one day tournaments/series.

    Willow sent me an email offering the match for $19.95. I thought for a second and then decided not to go for it. It is Monday night and a mediocre India team playing in Sri Lankan conditions. Does not make for an exciting watch, especially considering that I am on the West Coast, so the match starts at around midnight.

    By Blogger RPM, at 11:52  

  • I agree with you Sunny.

    Actually I live in England so it was difficult to avoid the game; not that I tried too hard :-).

    What an advert for Test cricket, if ever one was needed.

    Needless to say, everyone is talking of cricket here. It's amazing especially when you consider that football season has started. In fact, Channel4 had Record viewing figures for Saturday/Sunday (in its entire history).

    Prem predicted that this English Attack is not capable of getting the Aussies out twice so would love to see if he has changed his opinion. After all, they have already taken 100% wickets that the Aussies had to offer in the Two-tests...

    In the Times, CMJ wrote "There is only one side that can improve from here, and it's the younger one".

    Let's see...

    I have tickets to the 3rd Test on Saturday. If it's half as exciting as last weekend, the trip to Mancherster will be well worth it...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 11:56  

  • Is anybody thinking of swapping Dhoni and Sehwag in the batting order ? May be we can send Sehwag at 4 or 5 ? This way, Dhoni can utilize the first 15 overs.

    By Blogger SRIRAM, at 12:01  

  • What's with this gloating columns of Ranatunga ?? Really irritating ..

    By Blogger Endymion, at 12:42  

  • endi....

    rantunga thinks only indians r playing at moment.(srinath thinks otherwise that only SG and RD r there)hate him and hate papers who sign such players.he might be old great but writing is awfull,.......

    By Blogger MAHER, at 12:58  

  • Prem..watching out the NZ-Zim game ? Like current WI they seem to have decent bowling but poor batting.

    By Blogger worma, at 13:00  

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