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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Silver linings?

The unsung part of Test 2, day 2 was the Indian close catching. We reach for straws, all the time, so is this a straw worth grasping at? Or is it just a flash in the pan, you think?
But, first the fielding. Denied two simple catches in Zimbabwe's first innings by rude dives in front of him, Dravid decided enough was enough. Moving sharply yet gracefully to his right, his palms ended the flight of a Terrence Duffin nick. Yuvraj Singh at gully altered the position of his body, twisting mid air, to catch up with an edge that had passed him. Senior statesman Anil Kumble then dived forward to get his long fingers under a dying ball. And emerged with his right hand raised in triumph.

Ram Mahesh also makes another interesting point:
Yuvraj Singh played three drives that screamed class. With him the problem is what he does in between. Does he have the defence to keep good bowlers out on decent pitches? He didn't show he did during this stay. The pace, angle, and trajectory of the two balls that have splayed his stumps this series couldn't be more different. Yuvraj has managed to york himself both times.

7 Comments:

  • Prem the latest on cricinfo has Ganguly saying this -
    Talking about the thorny captaincy issue, Ganguly insisted that he had no problems playing under Dravid. "Playing for India is more than enough. And I have been captain for five years all around the world. I've got nothing left to prove as a captain. Really did not matter to me, actually it felt nice to play without any thoughts and just concentrate on my game. It doesn't matter who is the captain, it has to be a team and all 16 contributing if India has to do well from now on till whatever time."

    I guess he has come to realize that his innings as captain is over. It is probably his innings as a batsman that he trying to save and that was probably where he had that tiff with Chappell.

    By Blogger vshan, at 23:22  

  • In case you are wondering where I got that from - it is here -
    http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/219808.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

    By Blogger vshan, at 23:23  

  • if he he is really saying what he says "playing for india is good enough motivation" i wonder why was he so pissed about the suggestion of giving up the captaincy.. because no matter what statistics he quotes (BTW he is quoting that a lot more than he used to or anyone else does), its very clear that he doesnt (or didnt) deserve a place in the test team for his batting and in the one day team because of his lack of fitness, poor fielding and falling standards of batting which cant make up for those things. so if he doesnt have the captaincy he wont stay long enough in the team.
    i believe he stilldesreves a great farewell but he should do that sooner than later or he is running out of all the goodwill

    By Blogger criclogic, at 23:46  

  • Interessting article from a few days back:

    http://www.hindu.com/2005/09/19/stories/2005091907052000.htm

    `A training drill — termed `Mayhem' by some — encapsulates Chappell. The routine consists of two men hitting softer balls through an arrangement of plastic stumps to the fielder. The person catching is often unsighted because of the stumps and needs to be able to move for deflections as well. The conception is unique and it strengthens many skills. It's fun and 57-year-old showed he still can catch a stinger.

    "They tell us they enjoy the training, may not be telling the truth" said Chappell tongue-in-cheek. "It's an ongoing process — the thing about good players is they keep doing the hard work".'

    By Blogger roublen, at 23:50  

  • criclogic,
    Where did you learn that he was pissed off with the suggestion to give up captaincy?

    By Blogger Jai, at 02:38  

  • vshan,
    It's a Sportstar interview. Worma had posted it earlier in the day.

    By Blogger Jai, at 02:39  

  • Prem...all those people who took those good close catches are good catchers anyway. Whatever the team did wrong or right, their close catching has been consistently good in paste few years...especially the close catching. An individual might have had a bad day...but overall...good throughout. So, not flash in the pan.

    By Blogger worma, at 02:54  

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