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Monday, August 01, 2005

Points to Ponder

S Rajesh, in his verdict on Sunday's game versus the West Indies, makes a couple of interesting points -- none more so than the non-use of Anil Kumble.
Repeatedly, the batsmen plonked their front foot across the stumps; Kumble, with his ability to spear them in at the stumps, would have been the perfect bowler to exploit that weakness. Moreover, a strong performance here would have been the ideal confidence booster for him ahead of the more crucial matches later in the tournament. By keeping him out in the cold, the Indian think-tank missed a trick which they might well rue towards the business end of the competition.
The question Rajesh, and Ranatunga elsewhere, leave unanswered is -- where, and for who?
It's maybe time for a reader's eye view of what the team should be -- what do you guys think? I've got a couple of thoughts myself, tangentially referred to during the game yesterday, but will hold off on that for another post.
Dileep Premachandran, in his verdict of the earlier game, Saturday versus Sri Lanka, is pretty acerbic about a team playing its first game of the season:
ndia, in keeping with the dire displays of last season, once again came up short against a side that paid far greater attention to cricket's basics. Sri Lanka bowled better lines, had the outstanding bowlers of the game in Farveez Maharoof and Muttiah Muralitharan, and could then rely on Jayasuriya - not to mention superb cameos with the bat from Dilhara Lokuhettige and Maharoof.

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