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Friday, October 07, 2005

Super damp squib

The ICC Super Series is over before it started. The World XI is as revved up as a car without an engine, or a player without his teammates. It just shows that personal milestones too are achieved in the shadows of patriotic fervor. The World XI dressing room must be a polite but lukewarm place to be in, going by the lack of belief displayed by its members.

Australians, on the other hand, are relishing the experience of gelling together as a winning unit once more.

There is only one ODI left to play. Most people must have lost interest completely by now. It should be another cake walk for Australia unless the WXI get to bat first and put up a huge total, and then let’s see, there is still the small matter of bowling to the likes of Gilchrist, Ponting and Katich, who can make even a target of 300 look small.

The selectors have tried to choose the best available (and box office) team, but one misses bowlers like Shane Bond, Irfan Pathan, Harmison and Vaas, and batsmen like Tendulkar and Younis Khan. There is no guarantee that they could have drummed up in their breasts a reason to win, but after two soulless displays of gamesmanship, one can only sigh and wonder.

The only one who is smiling is the ICC. Pollock feels the series is a success and should be staged regularly. Well, no one loses out except the spectator who is hoping for a true slugfest. But…something tells me that the test match will be different. There are some players who relish test conditions, such as Inzi, Dravid, Sehwag and Flintoff. Watch out Australia.


  • The one day game has evolved and in my opinion there is no need of having "accumulators" in the team. What is needed are players who are very aggressive in their batting, but can also change to "accumulation mode of ones and singles" when the situation demands. Perfect example of this players are Andrew Symond and Clarke. What is not required are players like Sehwag who can be very aggressive, but get out in their 20s. That doesnt help the team at all.

    I see no place for dravid in a one day team, cause he's just an accumulator and he cant really become aggressive and dominate the attack. When he does that, he GETS Out..when he comes in..the run-rate is healthy...but he keeps on accumulating, the run-rate goes down...and when he tries to accelerate it..he gets out...

    i say remove dravid from the one day team!

    By Blogger jgohil, at 10:54  

  • Sujata,
    The second game was more of a contest. In fact, at one time, the target of 329 looked very attainable.
    Any reason why you mentioned the Rest of the World as World IX and not World XI in at least three places?

    By Blogger Toney, at 10:57  

  • by choosing South Africans as captains against Austrailia, half of the battle was already lost before the matches began.
    I can assure you Sujata, that 6 day test will be over in 4 days, and the results will not be any different than the ODIs

    By Blogger santa_from_NJ, at 10:58  

  • @sujata
    why do u refer to the team as World IX rather than World XI ? Do you mean to imply that there are 2 specific redundant players ?

    i strongly disagree with u and the moment the ODI game evolves to that level where there is no place for accumulators i will stop watching it. I agree that sehwag shud not have been in the team but i dont agree that dravid shud be dropped. if u notice no one in the team was willing to stay at the wicket long enuf and there is crying need for someone to do that. freddies 50 balls were the highest faced by any player in the world X1 .. if u feel dravid shud be dropped from the ODI side - may god save the odi game ... may it be filled with gangulys and sehwags and destroy itself

    By Blogger GK, at 11:00  

  • @toney
    Yes indeed. It was a much better contest. Like most chases it was lost somewhere in the middle. Gayle fell to Ponting's trick, Sangakarra commited suicide and Kallis was too restless - in fact I wonder why ppl are after Dravid's head when Kallis played a much worse innings and he was the one who drained all the momentum

    Also one Brian Charles needs to wake up

    By Blogger GK, at 11:02  

  • well kallis and dravid are both accumulators in my eyes and they are more suited for the test games than one dayers. Its a given fact that the run-rate drops when dravid is at the crease, and when he realises it, he would accelerate it, without any balance whatsoeever and gets out. it happened in a numerous ocassions in SL and Zim. Thats one of the reason why I would drop VVS from the one day team, cause he takes his time at the crease, not very consistent.

    What I said that in this day and age, u need very aggressive players, but can change their gears according to the situation. They can eb aggressive when they want to up the run rate, and can accumulate and consolidate until its the right time to unleash on the bowling. Its called measured approach.

    Dravid on the other hand is not aggressive player to begin with. Personally am tired of watching our Indian batsman, especially Sehwag who gets out cheaply when he can go on to score heavily. I don't give a shiet if he scores 70+ every 5 games and the rest of the games, he gets out in his 20s or 10s. What I want from him is a CONSISTENT approach. Go out there and average over 50 runs. Be able to aggressive and accumulate when the situation demands.

    By Blogger jgohil, at 11:38  

  • a typical one day player in my eyes is Andrew Symonds. Aggressive when the situation demands and a accumulator when consolidation. But always has a check on the run rate.

    By Blogger jgohil, at 11:39  

  • Sujata - Let's not discredit Australia. They have simply outperformed the world XI to such an extent that world XI is accused of not showing enough fight. IMO this same world XI would have beaten the hell out of every other team. Aussie team is just telling the world cricketers that 'We are your Daddies'. :)

    Over to the TEST match. :)

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 11:46  

  • @jghoil
    U cannot fill the team with players like andrew symonds. even the aussies have players who play 'non-aggressively' - like katich and martyn. it has to be a balanced team.

    By Blogger GK, at 11:51  

  • There is some mileage to Pollock's comments of such a series to be a regular event. I would put a twist to it though. In my twist, at the outset, we must assume that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are honorary Test members. There just to add the numbers and of no significant value at all.

    The Twist: Why not have a rotating world superseries. Each test nation to host the Superseries. The host nation would thus take on the RoW.

    Eg: Australia played RoW(less australians).
    Now the next series moves on to say, New Zealand.

    Thus New Zealand will play against RoW (this time including Australians but minus the Kiwis)

    Institute a SuperSeries cup. Maybe every two years.

    Any takers?

    By Blogger SportingStreams, at 12:35  

  • katich is still finding his feet in the one day arena..so u cant really compare but he does have the tendency to attack. martyn can be a very aggressive batsman.

    my point been dravid is unsuitable for one dayers, cause by nature he is an accumulator and an awful example to come in when we need someone who wants to up the run-rate. He's perfect when the chips r down and he can play the anchor role and accumulate runs. But then when the time comes to increase the run-rate, he FALTERS. Remember the final against SL. Both Yuvi and Dravid were cruising, but he failed because he was trying to force the run-rate.

    You might disagree with me, but in my eyes, there is no room for accumulators. what you need is aggressive batsman by nature who can increase or decrease their run making ability at will. The team that have a balance of such players will win most one dayers.

    Dravid's average has gone down ever since he stopped wicketkeeping.

    By Blogger jgohil, at 14:17  

  • Oh gee, put it down to friday euphoria, this world xi mistake

    Toney - todays contest was more a contest because of only 2 players, sangakkara and gayle. even then these 2 didn't seem AS motivated as they would have been had it been SL or WI vs whoever. actually maybe world ix is more appropriate..

    By Blogger Sujata, at 14:42  

  • Guys, what a pathetic show by the ICC XI. With the supersub rule, there were 8 proper batsmen and Pollock, himself no dud, was no 9. These 8 are supposedly the world's best! And they succumbed to an Aussie attack without McGrath and Warne.

    That is what happens if you don't pick the best people. Vaas and Inzamam for Akhtar and Kallis. You don't really need two all rounders when you have a supersub. Kallis won't make the team just on batting or bowling. He should be left out.

    Flintoff and Lara flopped, and that pretty much sealed it. Full credit to Sangakkara for his consistency. One should learn from the attitude and spirit of the Sri Lankans.

    Full credit to the Australians. This series shows just how huge the gap is between them and others in ODIs.

    By Blogger TFFY, at 02:18  

  • Stupid ODIs...don't mean anything.

    Flintoff still looks hungover and Kallis has lost his voice. World XI has only only one Paki and he cannot find a place in the Paki side...go figure

    By Blogger Jiet, at 03:15  

  • Removing Dravid from one day team---- I dont fully agree with it... but there is some truth in it. Immediately dont jump and say that I am talking for SG. Leave that off.

    Dravid,s average is good even in one days. But his strike rate is the main problem

    His strike rate is between 3.1 to 3.5 on the average. But in any match 225 -260 is the average score now a days. That means Dravid's average is less than the teams average.

    Look at other side. Make dravid's innings into three parts. The first port ios settling down as he calls. The second part is some scoring and the third part is the final onslaught and he generally gets out in this onslaught

    see the average of all the three parts. the first part average will be dismal. the second will be Ok since he started to bat. the third will be good since he started to wave his bat at every thing. On the whole the strike rate seems to be Ok. But if seen in parts of 2-3 overs each ( since he generally plays 60-70 balls) the strike rate will be vastly different

    This means that in the first part some one like Yuv raj or Kaif or sehawag are taking the risky shots in liew of Dravid and making the run rate flowing. The second part Dravid also has equal share but the other man should be going for not so safe shots

    the third part ofcourse Dravid also hits. But the problem is Dravid is never a big striker of the ball. In the 35 -40 overs U cant get so many boundaries by just square cutting or driving.

    As such I dare to say that Dravid is blossoming with his safe shots at the cost of risky shots( which are needed- U cant get runs or else) of the other players.

    Yuvraj, Pathan, Sehwag and even SG in his hey days and also the lower order batsmen have to heave their bats while Dravid drives , square cuts and etc. He stays and scores his mandatory 50 to 60 and gets his applauds while the other poor chaps gets out naturally.

    The thing happenning in the Super series is that patriotic fervour is missing . No one is supporting the likes of batting of Kallis and Dravid. No one is willing to
    loose their fortunes to Dravid

    The so called Dravid fans will deffinitely shout at me but in the next ODI where India plays - try to see this phenimenon and U surely will agree.

    After all this should U remove Dravid- If he is doing keeping as earlier - then a big No for his removal. Since SG hawa has come down and he is no more in position to dicatate RD to be a Keeper---- Dravid must be warned to improve his strike rate or else he needs to be removed - and its not new to him to be removed from the ODI for slow batting- he has that experience.

    Finally one word of Geoff Boycott who said--- 'Dravid is not a match winner, he is only a match saver" Un fortunately we do not have any draws in ODIs.

    By Blogger vijaykumar, at 11:46  

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