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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

And in passing

this goes back to a comment made at the start of the innings: why would anyone in his right mind pick Nehra over Bajji as a batsman? Hmmm?

Oh well... later, people


  • and..how brainless must Nehra be (batting wise) to have a slog when Kaif's at the other end...
    a sin has been comitted by India by being bowled out under 50 overs...

    By Blogger Jammy, at 07:11  

  • Prem, somehow sort out yourblog problems quick, its difficult to keep track of your posts when it is on another thread :).

    By Blogger Toney, at 07:13  

  • Prem:
    You are right. Nehra should have been the supersub.

    Anyways if India was bowling first, Bhajji would have been brought into the team in place of, say Venu Rao. At least that makes sense, given our batting depth (forget their fiasco today;-) )

    And Bhajji would have been a better bet with the bat than Nehra for sure. If you noticed, Bhajji introduces himself as 24 years, right arm off spinner and middle order batsman !!!

    By Blogger Shankar Anand, at 07:21  

  • if india bowled first and nehra was the supersub then they would have to bring him in and we wouldve lost a batsman.

    By Blogger V, at 07:27  

  • v: The same goes with Bhajji as supersub too. Rao most probably would have been substituted, if India had bowled first

    By Blogger Shankar Anand, at 07:31  

  • Good knocks by Kaif and Sehwag. The rest of the lot disappointed with their batting. 156/1 in 25 overs to 276 in 50 overs. Hard to imagine any other team doing this. India needs to learn how to deliver the killer blow. Allowing an opposition when its down and out like the Kiwis were during midstage is never a good idea.

    Meanwhile, i am beginning to question the decision to open with Sehwag. Time and again, the poor chap wrests the initiative from the opposition only to see his inept teammates giving it back to the opposition. Melbourne test, Banglore test against Pak this year, final against SL, this final are glowing examples of this.

    By Blogger AA, at 07:32  

  • I agree with V. It worked lucky for India and SG that we won the toss and batted first. What if Nehra was the super-sub and India were to field first? We would have lost a bowler...That would explain the fact that Bhajji was the super-sub. But, I dont know whether he will be good enough to take any wickets on this pitch also. He seems to have forgotten the art of taking wickets in ODIs atleast.

    By Blogger madhugr, at 07:48  

  • Madhuji, if we had bowled first, irrespective of whether Nehra or Bhajji was the supersub, he would have been brought in, in the place of Venu Rao.

    By Blogger Shankar Anand, at 08:06  

  • This is were my kick in the a** theory should kick in!!! AN must be lambasted by all and sundry after this match for having wasted 5 precious balls which could have pushed us beyond 280 may be 285 irrespective of the result of the match. He should not be dropped like avishkar salvi was after his ugly number 11 swipe in Mumbai against the aussies with AA batting well and we needing run a bowl for some 4-5 overs. Don’t drop AN but rub it in so much and rub it in so badly into his very soul that he never ever again tries to hit with a better batsmen on the other end ( that means always!!!) . Take a leg bye bye pretending to come down the track and hit the ball and get it some wehre of the body and run for your life. Guys remember AN failed in Asia Africa finals also with zaheer on the other end and just 3 to win?

    Also train him 2 hours every day, rain or sunshine, the forward defense or attack that can fetch a leg bye. This is what will win us matches. Try it for an year if he still does this then drop him, he is too much of a one dimensional guy, no batting no fielding although in full flow I love to watch him bowl

    By Blogger Avinash, at 08:07  

  • We could have super subbed Bhajji in place of Rahul Dravid or Rao (assuming he does not bowl) or maybe even Ganguly :-).
    They can still field just not bowl, right?

    With hindsight, it seems like it might end up being a close match and the 5 balls that Nehra cost the team, maybe Bhajji might have been able to do more with those.

    By Blogger Mayank, at 10:41  

  • Oh well, just as I typed the prev msg, Astle and Vincent took 17 off Bhajji's last over.
    I guess sending Nehra ahead of Bhajji will not matter in the end.

    By Blogger Mayank, at 10:46  

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