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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Ind-SL Match5 - Open Thread

Update on Prem's status: As per my communication with him yesterday, he was still not in a position to sit up for the live comments during the match. But said he was hoping to be able to catch the live action, and if possible, go through our comments and post his thoughts on the main page intermittently.

Anyway...here's an open thread....pre-match discussions....and live thread for atleast start of the game.


  • Worma, good news. Dalmiya has threatened that nobody can keep Dada out. Meanwhile the board has talked to Dada regarding the contracts.


    Take a look at www.telegraphindia.com home page and see how Durrani is in all smile while talking to Dada.

    Insallah, Dada will be back soon. Jai Hind.

    By Blogger Bhairo Singh, at 20:07  

  • Yes Dada will be back. Playing for Bengal and East Zone for many more years to come. He will be the highest domestic run scorer of all time among all nations

    By Blogger J, at 20:31  

  • In today's Telegraph ,

    No light for Sourav
    Ahmedabad: Even if Sourav Ganguly had got 114 instead of 14 in Mumbai on Saturday, it would have done little to impress the selectors when they meet in nearby Motera on Sunday to name the squad for the last couple of matches against Sri Lanka.

    Till late on Saturday night, there was no indication that the former India captain will be recalled and the scenario is unlikely to be different when the side is picked for the next series against South Africa.

    It appears, though, that India is set to have different ODI and Test captains. Sourav is likely to retain captaincy for the Test series against Sri Lanka next month. That he does not feature in Greg Chappell’s scheme of things for the one-dayers was made clear in Mohali itself.

    East’s Pranab Roy will again be heavily outnumbered if he wants to raise the Sourav issue. The other thing certain is that Mohammed Kaif, who missed the five ODIs owing to a hamstring injury and is now fit, will be back.

    It’s likely that Gautam Gambhir will get the axe, but if Chappell and Co. decide to rest Sachin Tendulkar for the inconsequential matches, the Delhi opener will survive.

    If Gambhir has to make way, then the reason for his being picked remains baffling. If the team management had planned to open with Sachin and Virender Sehwag then what was the reason for picking an additional opener? For the record, Gambhir didn’t even get to bat for a length of time at nets on Saturday.

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 20:43  

  • "Insallah, Dada will be back soon. Jai Hind."

    Are you serious?

    By Blogger Bala, at 21:50  

  • Great catch to dismiss Lara .

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 21:56  

  • bala,

    that is bhairo singh, he is like that...don't worry...he is not happy with 4-0, which has not happened in recent past...he wants to see team india more involved in controversies of clashes between senior players than a cool and steady winning indian team...he is really a lover of nation and the game of cricket...that is why he said "jai hind"...he understands that without saying "jai hind" he won't be able to convince that he is a real lover of india...

    By Blogger Shivam, at 22:08  

  • How every discussion on each board finally descends on SG!!!

    How every press conference by any one in BCCI ultimatelly revolves around Ganguly..

    Really surprising!!

    They should have given him a proper farewell. Now his ghost will haunt them:-)

    Worse, it will surely come back!

    I can foresee many broken hearts...

    By Blogger SS, at 22:11  

  • If not read by now ..

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 22:13  

  • i would like to watch the game online. just this game. can anyone tell how?

    By Blogger aamir, at 22:25  

  • ss: seems to me the discussions veer off towards SG only because there is no per-user ignore feature. If there were, no one would be reading your posts and SG's ghost could rest in peace.

    By Blogger Chetan Reddy, at 22:26  

  • WI in doldrums .. 5 down for 99..

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 22:28  

  • Some guys seems to be suffering from guilt of leaving SG ou of the team (Durrani's type), in the light of teams win for 4-0..

    No matter how much tears they shed, SG is gone for good.. atleast in ODIs.. and if JD's faction does not come to power.. atbest PAK series will be his last in tests..

    If the faction comes back to power, we will have to judge, how shameful they can be.. I wont be suprised if they bring SG as ODI captain if he scores a run a ball fifty in any domestic match..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 22:29  

  • @chetan,
    You are as truthful as GC man!!!

    Just scroll up and check where the SG talk started! You won't need good anat score in GRE do get that!

    By Blogger SS, at 22:29  

  • aamir .. if you have a yahooId IM pass on to me .. I can give you few pointers

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 22:30  

  • By the way, I write off SG here.. provided someone does not ask pointed questions..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 22:31  

  • Saurav Ganguly can happily score domestic runs. He will NEVER, EVER make it to ODI squad, and if selectors maintain good sense, hopefully, he will not see the periphery of TEST cricket as well.
    Enjoy East Zone SG.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 22:32  

  • I guess as SG is no hoper for Intl cricket, why not drop SG from all cricket and give a hoper some chance at all levels.. I mean what use it is if he plays even for Bengal..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 22:33  

  • @tc,
    you may not like this, but actually the way India has been playing, they could have played with 4 different captains on 4 different matches...no probs!!

    ODI captainship does not hinge on getting a lot of runs. If RD can get it after scoring 100 runs in 8 matches then anyone can get it.

    By Blogger SS, at 22:34  

  • @ss: sorry for my poor english(one of the reasons i have not given GRE ;) , but "your" didn't mean you alone. It included bhairo singh, and a few other people from the previous threads whose nicks i can't remember.

    By Blogger Chetan Reddy, at 22:35  

  • I agree TC. But since SG is selfish, he will not give up...its ok, let him keep not giving up, and keep making domestic centuries (if at all he can).
    In the meanwhile, let Team INDIA march forward, March, March towards ODI and Test success.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 22:35  

  • @gu,
    ...I have not come across one person in last 30 years of Indian cricket who has not been selfish. Think of Kapil crwaling to that 400 wickets or Gavaskar batting along till sun went down!! Who gives up on his own folks? Do you know that Azzu mia still thinks he can be competetive and Vinod Kambli wants the 4th spot in tests????

    By Blogger SS, at 22:40  

  • If GAMBHIR is not picked for the actual 11 (not super-sub and does not get to play, that is a waste). If he is not "actually" playing, then it is a TOTAL waste that they picked him for ODI Squad, and he will feel little de-motivated. Not sure we should do that. GIVE HIM CHANCE TO PLAY in atleast 2 matches and see how he performs.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 22:40  

  • ss,
    Fine - let them be selfish. In the meantime, selectors should ignore them (incl. Dada) and as I said, Team India marches forward. (Wasn't the World Cup slogan for India - "DONT TAKE A BACKWARD STEP" or something like that?).
    Go On New Team.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 22:41  

  • @ss: if you seriously believe in your "4 captains in 4 matches" comment, then you need to find a way to put yourself on ignore and use it. i'm pretty sure i'm not the only one with this opinion.

    By Blogger Chetan Reddy, at 22:43  

  • ss, you can cry me a river, but whle nation knows what a pathetic batsman SG is nowadays since the bouncer rule came into picture..

    Shastri rightly said in last match.."This bouncer rule is very good, it has found out quite a few batsmen in ODI cricket"

    My personal opinion "atleast 2 bouncer in ODIs" and unlimited in tests..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 22:45  

  • @gu...Team India slogan in WC was..to the best of my memory..NOW OR NEVER.

    By Blogger SS, at 22:45  

  • Not slogan maybe...but that Sports Psychologist (Sandy Gordon?) - he gave them a one-liner...I think it is "DONT TAKE A BACKWARD STEP"

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 22:46  

  • Any opinion on my GAMBHIR post above? Chances of him getting
    de-motivated if not given "reasonable" chance to prove himself.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 22:48  

  • @tc,
    ..That is besides the point. The point is, as in Indian tradition, you do not need to be great batsman to captian in ODI. SG or no SG.

    About bouncer rule: Ravi Shastri must be thanking his luck profusely...he and his chapati shot are way off in today's setting. Good that he is passing 'intelligent' comments sitting up there and does not have to DO it!

    By Blogger SS, at 22:50  

  • WI 106/6..

    How this match turned from the intial stage of AUS innings. Test matches are still the king.

    By Blogger SS, at 22:53  

  • Gambhir must be OK.. he got to travel with the team and practice.. also as he is a test opener, its good to be part of the "tactical seesions" as we are going to play SL soon..

    Ganguly is not fit to be in Indian Team as a player.. so this captain debate is useless.. second, if he can be captain of the team without performing, then why not make thee manager of the team captain and ask him to be on the field... atleast world wont laught when he fells as he sees a bouncer..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 22:55  

  • thanks chappel,

    sometimes I wonder, how people like ss or bharo singh find arguments in favour of SG or against GC. It is really hard to find out baseless arguments. But few are experts of this. Latest example being report on the news channel "aaj tak." You can also watch the clips from the khel aajtak section of www.aajtak.com. They have discovered 55% people all over Indian wanting SG back in the team. When they ask for sms poll they find 80%+ against him or any other channel or news site find 80%+ against him. After 4-0 win obviously the percentage at least should not have decreased. But aajtak found out 55% people in favour of SG. Also you can see the way they have gathered few people and the reporter is saying, "jara jor se boliye, Ganguly wapas chahiye...." public say, "yes"...some of them are quiet and some say "yes"...then again reporter says....loudly please, I can't hear....public says yes...Ganguly wapas chahiye iske liye taliyan...public claps...what a way to keep alive the issue of SG bringing back...really shameful to find these indian media people biased...TOI is another well known example of this...

    By Blogger Shivam, at 22:55  

  • @dark nights,
    It seems MK was out at 4 in the second inning ( Duleep) and he showed signs of injury again. It would be pretty hard for him to convince selectors.

    By Blogger SS, at 22:56  

  • ss, if you think Shastri is not fit to pass comments as he does not have to play it, I wil say you shooting the messanger and obviously ignoring the message..

    and then what the fuck you are doing here on a blog .. obviously you can play much either.. can you?

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 22:57  

  • Forget the SG thing. He is a goner!
    What happens in TOSS today? Win Toss and whichever team wins will BOWL FIRST? (becos of Day Night-Due Factor, second half difficult to grip the ball???)
    Any thoughts.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 22:58  

  • SS,
    Its not so intelligent to have a rule that only someone who can hook or pull can paas judgement on bouncer rule. This is plain nonsense.

    Its not hidden from anyone that Shastri has been one of better thinkers of game

    By Blogger J, at 22:59  

  • Bracken misses hat trick...appaling batting from the west indies..a no contest.

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 23:00  

  • @shivam,
    ..now that is interesting! Where did I say that I want SG back? Goodness!!

    May be one thing I have said that the GC email smacks of politics so we should not base judgement on that. And yes, performance is not an indicator in choosing ODI captains.

    By Blogger SS, at 23:00  

  • Shivam, TC,
    The way More and company is been performing these days, I am quite sure they are going to elect RD as captain in tests as well and that will be curtains for SG.

    By Blogger J, at 23:01  

  • SS
    Could you pl. explain "performance is not an indicator in choosing ODI captains. "

    I am immensely impressed by the job More and his team has done so please share with us something we are not aware of.

    By Blogger J, at 23:03  

  • J,
    if what u say happens, the COUNTRY CAN REJOICE!!!! Happy Days will be here again (if curtains for Dada). Hold your breath...lets see what the selectors do.
    So, for Today, do team win toss, bowl first as I asked above?

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 23:04  

  • tc,

    why r you so angry...why don't u understand that to be a backer of SG and a basher of GC one needs to be a "pointless" person...first criteria for that is one should be able to talk without any proper argument...ss and bhairo singh are experts of that...thay need SG more than 4-0 unbeatable lead.

    By Blogger Shivam, at 23:05  

  • @tc,
    You surely know good english!! Must be a family tradition!!

    I am passing comments in blog bro...not like Shastri in public domain which is accepted by unsuspecting minds. People in that place should comment on things that they themselves are good at ... Ravi hai hai Shastri was obviously not good at many of those thinigs that he now talks about.

    Hope your balls get it now!!

    By Blogger SS, at 23:06  

  • shivam,

    TOI is actually very funny. I think any newspaper should present facts and then take a stand favouring one side. Initially, TOI put up lots of photo articles supporting ganguly by digging deep into the past. And the same time, they also had(fewer) articles supporting RD-GC using some statements that contradicted the statements in the pro-ganguly articles. i have stopped reading TOI since and don't know what the scenario is like now.

    By Blogger Chetan Reddy, at 23:06  

  • all these shameless people have forgotten (basically it never occured to them at the first place..) Ganguly's misery against Pakistani's in recent series and when Shane Bond added spice to curry.. They are also not aware of the fact that we have to face Pakistani's in couple of months time again..

    But then, these people will advice SG to fiegn injury at the right time.. but cant escape anymore.. every team knows where to bowl to SG..

    Anyway, he wont be in the test team even a player either by the end of this year if powar faction wins..

    This is the only reason to support one faction over the other in BCCI.. otherwise rest all is gonna be the same.. but who cares.. as long as they select the best team and make us win matches, I wont mind much..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 23:06  

  • @ss...i completely agree with your comments on Ravi 'fucking' Shastri.
    Gand mein dum nahin...hum kisi se kam nahin.

    By Blogger Lorma, at 23:07  

  • @j,
    More and his team has been doing great job all along...bringing up folks like MSD, IP et al. Only now many of us see it because they dropped SG, obviosuly not their own decision...you can read it all in the Bindra-Dalmiya feud.

    By Blogger SS, at 23:08  

  • and many times we think that why we talk so much about SG...my feeling is that we don't talk about SG...we talk about the people who backs him...they sound so baseless that it becomes interesting to read the message and after that we start responding...you know during last two years, when india wasn't playing well...people in my college used to watch only ganguly's innings...they just used to come to watch him how come a batsman gets out in 5min. It was so interesting to watch him getting out all the time in the same fashion. So it is not always that we talk something worthless. worthlessness of SG's batting or the worthlessness of the talk of bringing him is making it interesting...:))

    By Blogger Shivam, at 23:10  

  • Raina is only 18+ years (well close to 19 this Nov). Young talent- great. I thought for some reason, that he was closer to 20 years already (Sorry, I have been mistaken!) Very young talent!

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 23:12  

  • ss said,

    I am passing comments in blog bro...not like Shastri in public domain which is accepted by unsuspecting minds. People in that place should comment on things that they themselves are good at ... Ravi hai hai Shastri was obviously not good at many of those thinigs that he now talks about.

    well I undertand you. Then what any commentator good enough to talk about the game.. onviously some cant bat and some cant field.. So should it be a 15 guys pannel.. to commentate.. like 4-5 guys for spin bowling(make sure he has bowled doosra before..).. some fast bowlers.. all pace and conditions expert.. get Waqar or Wasim if it reverses.. batting also.. there are plenty of strokes.. so will need many guys for that..

    That will be fun for all of us. Specialist in eveny department..

    ss, you have gone insane.

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 23:14  

  • ss, lorma,
    Bhogle and prem are certainly lesser cricketers then Ravi. SO should they stop commenting and writing? For gods sake, talk sense

    By Blogger J, at 23:15  

  • lorma,
    My humble request. This is one rare civil blog where discussion is objective. Please do not use obscene language

    By Blogger J, at 23:17  

  • The problem with Shastri is that he is not commenting just as a commentator. He has been having his sinister plans behind it as he belongs to one faction of BCCI politics. He has been using his commntary as a platform to further the agenda. That is where the problem lies and that is why the question is asked..if you are so clinical in your commenst about bouncer, then where were you in your days?

    Prem and Bhogle are not measured as cricketers. They are cricket analysts only.

    By Blogger SS, at 23:19  

  • ss,
    what about dalmiya on the review pannel. to review performance.. has he played or performed anywhere.. just for a start...

    Prem must be really crying in his bed if he is readin ss's comments here on this blog..

    by the way, BLOG is a public domain too..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 23:20  

  • wouldn't it be great if the live threads were actually run on some irc server? is there already such a chat server?

    By Blogger Chetan Reddy, at 23:21  

  • j,
    Second that; once some obscene language starts to be used, slowly it takes over the blog to an extent where many of us don't feel like coming back. Let us all try to express our opinions passionately, yet in a civil manner.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 23:22  

  • Shivam,
    Just for record, please go through my comments ( I doubt you will have that time though!)...I have never backed SG or said that he should come back in the current form. But I really distaste the SG bashing that goes on based GC's email. SG's performance has been pathetic no doubt but the blog-talk really moves around how divisive he is, how selfish he is etc for which there is almost no objective data.

    By Blogger SS, at 23:23  

  • SS,
    I can see now your point on Shastri. Basically you are confused so I will suggest that you hardcode this that Shastri has been our top commentrator and a good cricketing brain.

    You would have had opportunity to hear Bhogle and Sunny G as well had they been not stupid enought to sign a life long contract with ESPN-STAR unlike Shastri who works only on series basis

    By Blogger J, at 23:24  

  • j,

    Ravi tries to project himeslf as a better player than he was. After all he was a very ordinary cricketer who bled India for 80 tests scoring 3000 runs and 130 wickets. But when he is on the microphone with say a Tony Greig, he projects himself as a 7000 test runs and a 300 wicket person. Therefore, he deserves this kinda flak which admittedly is a fallacy (as someone said ...messenger and not the message). Plus he's a manipulative person, and called ganguly a passenger when he was selcted in 1996...so an inveterate ganguly hater. So his comments should always be scrutinized before acceptance.

    By Blogger Lorma, at 23:24  

  • For all Sourav haters and Dungarpur bum boys:

    Go check your facts... If there was one player in Indian cricket in recent years [with the exception of Jimmy] who was NOT selfish, then that was SG. In fact for many lovers of the game in this country and abroad, it was his no nonsense attitude that exposed the Mumbai gharana of batting for what it has always been... play for the records, f**k the team! Or for that matter the Mumbai and Karnataka school of team selection... But then again, as TC has himself written elsewhere, why let facts get in the way... Or give your honeymoon with RD a year [as per GC's Vision 2007 or such pseudo corporate mumbo-jumbo], and I'm sure u will be back with a different nick and start pouring vitriol about your current pets...

    And as for GC, do not forget that as an Aussie, he will always be one... Its not for notching that the very same players who have been a thorn in the side of the Aussie team are being now 'surgically removed', as SMG has put it... VVS, HS [threatened at the beginning], SG... the others who remain do so based on their 'character certificate' of good boys who know how to turn the other cheek in the Gandhian tradition...

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 23:24  

  • ss, Gavaskar and dalmiya and Mahindra.. all has agendas and were the umpires too .. on the review pannel.. how about that for conflict resolution..

    Ganguly should have been banned for a year and his contract fee forfieted for breaking the terms of the contract by putting the team in bad light by speaking to media..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 23:24  

  • SG given MSP award Most Selfish Player or was it just MUP Most Useless Player
    Man, I am really trying to stop the SG talk, but as long as there are some guys saying Oh! SG is not selfish, oh! SG is not divisive...I cannot seem to stop.
    Guys: What abt TOSS? Do team win Toss and bowl first becos of Dew Factor.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 23:26  

  • SG given MSP award Most Selfish Player or was it just MUP Most Useless Player
    Man, I am really trying to stop the SG talk, but as long as there are some guys saying Oh! SG is not selfish, oh! SG is not divisive...I cannot seem to stop.
    Guys: What abt TOSS? Do team win Toss and bowl first becos of Dew Factor.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 23:26  

  • ss said:

    "The problem with Shastri is that he is not commenting just as a commentator. He has been having his sinister plans behind it as he belongs to one faction of BCCI politics. He has been using his commntary as a platform to further the agenda. "

    100% true. second you.

    By Blogger Lorma, at 23:27  

  • What are some options to watch the 5th ODI? I read someone mention cricinfo and SS something. Which is better? I looked up cricinfo, but did not find a way to buy a broadband conn. just for today's match. Btw, when does the match start? Thanks.

    By Blogger mip_co, at 23:27  

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    By Blogger Sahir, at 23:28  

  • @tc,
    Why Dalmiya is on a reveiw panel that only time can tell. I beleieve Mahendra is also there and Dalmiya is, as the patron in chief or something that makes him separate than other members...but frankly nothing can be said about that. I doubt that was a performance review..it was 'review' ... of what we all know!

    By Blogger SS, at 23:29  

  • glorius,

    IMO bowling first will be a better option if India wins the toss

    By Blogger suraj, at 23:29  

  • Please do not post non-authorized website info in this blog - this could get Prem in trouble. Kindly remove your post.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 23:29  

  • SS, Gavaskar batting along till sun went down? Where do u get this from? Gavaskar's last innings was 9o something in te second innings on a minefield of a pitch. I don't think he overstayed his welcome.

    By Blogger Ashvin Iyengar, at 23:30  

  • suraj,
    why do you say bowl first at a venue where historically the team batting first has done better? Dew factor?

    By Blogger Sahir, at 23:30  

  • sahir,

    wht time does sgstream telecast start once bought- does it work in Windows Media player?

    By Blogger suraj, at 23:30  

  • This is Day-Night...Dew Factor?

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 23:31  

  • sorry glorious,

    didn't realize

    By Blogger suraj, at 23:31  

  • oldmanblues,

    I dont think Zaheer Khan has been much of a thorn in aussie felsh .. or for that matter Nehra.. except that Brisbane century, SG has not even be noticed in any match against AUS much.. anything he won for you against AUS?

    Yeah, he came late for toss.. but what the heck.. he might be plain lazy and all like you painted as a stunt.. but look at his scores in the same 01 series.. he was outright pathetic with the bat.. scored at an average of 20 odd.. and what about the lastest series against AUS at home.. want me to show you his record against AUS? thorn in Aussie Flesh..

    and if you think that GC's purpose to remove the thorn's in Aussie flesh, then man! you really need help..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 23:32  

  • @tc,
    Do you know, by any chance, who talked to media first?

    I mean who, from indside the India team, first told the news to Harsh Bhogle? ( and then Bhoglr followed it up with SG)

    I believe Prem should have the answer as Harsh is his friend, but he may not tell us.

    One of these days it will come out and we will know who broke the rule.. if there is a rule.... IF BCCI had a rule.

    By Blogger SS, at 23:32  

  • Thank you, Sahir! What event should I use? I tried 'cricket', 'india' et al., but didn't get the correct event.

    By Blogger mip_co, at 23:32  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 23:32  

  • [@J

    I can see now your point on Shastri. Basically you are confused so I will suggest that you hardcode this that Shastri has been our top commentrator and a good cricketing brain.You would have had opportunity to hear Bhogle and Sunny G as well had they been not stupid enought to sign a life long contract with ESPN-STAR unlike Shastri who works only on series basis]

    Could it be that Shastri is not offered a long term, unlike the others? Could it alternatively be that Shastri being the rat he was as a player [hell bent on self-preservation only], is also trying the same... Anyway, here in front of cricinfo scorecard, I'm glad I do not have to listen to his pearls of wisdom like 'that ball went like a tracer bullet' 100 times a match! But I am sure you will disagree... Well, there are people who are known to like S&M... be my guest...

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 23:33  

  • Sahir, please ignore my previous query. Typed in Ahmedabad as you said and got the event.

    By Blogger mip_co, at 23:33  

  • Glorious/sahir,

    1. Dew factor

    2 I think it will be better to test the youngsters (hopefully we are experimenting) in a run chase where we have traditionally not performed as well- this is a good opportunity with no risk of losing the series

    By Blogger suraj, at 23:34  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 23:34  

  • I guess, I would like to bat first today.. and score 400

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 23:36  

  • thanks chappel,
    why such a modest goal; why not 500? :-)

    By Blogger Sahir, at 23:36  

  • oldmanblues - GC-Aus-surgeon-thorn-flesh....

    Are you on drugs?

    By Blogger J, at 23:38  

  • thanks chappel,

    Firstly, don't think that's going to happen. Secondly, with the upcoming SA tour prep is more valuable and that's why practicing chase might be more valuable

    By Blogger suraj, at 23:39  

  • suraj,
    not sure how it works; just know other bloggers have been satisfied. If it doesn't work in Windows MediaPlayer, it ought to work on Winamp.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 23:39  

  • Thanks sahir

    By Blogger suraj, at 23:40  

  • 400 is quite possible, if execution is right..

    500.. will target if can reach 400 first..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 23:41  

  • I wrote:

    And as for GC, do not forget that as an Aussie, he will always be one... Its not for notching that the very same players who have been a thorn in the side of the Aussie team are being now 'surgically removed', as SMG has put it... VVS, HS [threatened at the beginning], SG...

    TC wrote:

    I dont think Zaheer Khan has been much of a thorn in aussie felsh .. or for that matter Nehra..

    My response: Need I say more?


    As for SG:
    Series in Australia:
    when do you think India last returned from Oz-land WITHOUT a 4-0 type scoreline?

    Series in India:
    who backed HS/ VVS to be in the side?


    Try to understand, TC [even though I doubt you will], captaincy, especially of India doesnot begin or end with scoring a ton and then returning to ones personal ipod. Even though SG has done enough with the bat too! Just go compare his stats as Captain with those of his predecessors, Miyan and God!

    PS: do not ever compare their captaincy records... you will be too embarassed...

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 23:44  

  • To all those concerned about the dew factor.....its difficult to tell. Ahd is a hot place, so dew may not be a part. Again, this time of the year...it may be a factor...but i dont think it will be such a big factor as say in a place like Lahore where daytime and nighttime temperatures have a big diff. This is the only the 2nd d/n match on this grnd....the earlier one was between ind and WI.

    Ground record page:

    But that chase against WI was more due to a flat belter of a pitch, RD , Sanjay Bangar and a hot chase ; not dew.

    By Blogger Lorma, at 23:45  

  • That will be really entertaining but from team development view I would like to see

    Rao,Yuvraj,Raina, Yadav & Gambhir bat (Sehwag, SRT, Dravid & Dhoni are sureshots anyway)- if these 5 achieve 400 then so be it

    Santh, kartik and Singh bowl (+ Raina and Rao) as part-time

    So really an experiment match but still going for victory

    By Blogger suraj, at 23:46  

  • @OMB,
    I believe I have read a similar line somewhere..some conspiracy theroy kind of that Aussies dislike SG for his attitude and then GC being an Aussie tooke care of the issue at first shot itself. I think that may be a stretch. SG has been pretty effective to get on their nerves and match them eye to eye in the media warfare ..but GC may be playing according to a different plan. He is done with SG once he got into Indian contract ( SG put in word for him based on past experience) and then wanted to move ahead as the messaiah of Indian cricket.

    You are showing too much bias against SG even where it is not due. Coming out late for toss was really a ploy..it has been discussed a hundred times in media. We can not change the story today!!

    By Blogger SS, at 23:48  

  • Hmm...I'd like to see Rao be given more of a chance. He seems technically adept; just a little anxious. I wonder if they're trying to weed him out like they did Sarandeep Singh?

    A few days ago, The Asian Age had published a list of players who'd played less than 10 matches under SG. Alarming: how quickly we forget the Avishkar Salvi's and the Tinu Yohannan's. Joginder Sharma, S.Sriram and Amit Mishra hardly got much of a chance. At the same time, we applaud SG for backing youngsters. Even Dinesh Mongia and Hemang Badani were not given a chance to settle down.

    By Blogger Nikhil Pahwa, at 23:59  

  • oldmanblues,

    Let us compare SG's the great and Azhar Miyan for that matter..

    49(played) 2561(runs) 144(HS) 37.66(Avg) 5(100) 13(50)
    Won(21) lost(13)
    9 wins against minnows(6 against Zim and 3 against Bangla)

    exclude minnows
    12 wins and 12 losses out of 39(against non minnows) that he was captain in..

    47(Played) 2856(Runs) 192(HS) 43.93(Avg) 9(100) 9(50)
    won(14) and lost(14)

    exclude(monnows) and you have 13 wins and 13 losses.. out of 45(against non minnows)

    So tell me oldmanblues, how does the above record makes ganguly a better captain than Azhar?

    Dont forget to compare them as batsmen either.. Please..

    and now shut up.

    as far as ODIs are concerned, the most successful captain just happent to lose 15 out of 20 odd finals.. won almost nothing as an ODI captain barring a couple odd things in 5 years.. I am sure you will agree to this one atleast..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 00:02  

  • the above comparison is as Captains..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 00:03  

  • Let us wait and see another Indian team that at least goes to 20 ODI finals!!!!

    By Blogger SS, at 00:04  

  • ss, out of those 20 finals, atleast 13 are when 3 teams are involved.. the tri-series.. where the third team is a filler.. like India-Aus-Zim VB series in Aus, SL-IND-WI(reencen tri-series in SL).. etc..

    so dont get too overawed by the fact where we reached 20 FINALS..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 00:07  

  • tc, you are wasting your breath arguing with these sg fanatics. The simple matter of a captain having to merit his place in te team as a player seems to elude them and captaincy seems to be all about turning up late for a fricking toss and backing a couple of players who were successful. Some of them even seem to be wishing India to fail so that they can sing their sg praises even louder and knock down rd.

    By Blogger Ashvin Iyengar, at 00:08  

  • ashwin, I fully agree with you.. but these fanatics are determined to make it look as if they have something to debate.. but WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH.. we will do what it takes.. and may be go and throw chappals if our loud booing is not well-heard.

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 00:10  

  • tc, yeah but you can't reason with people who are so paranoid to even contemplate the gc-aus revenge theory. And so many still think sg will be in the running for the test team!! He is a greater liability in the test team. And as far as captaincy record goes, no ine has come close to equalling Wadekar's twin series victories in the West Indies and England. And he was a decent bat too.

    By Blogger Ashvin Iyengar, at 00:17  

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    By Blogger indianfansrcrazy, at 00:17  

  • @ashvin
    it is also interesting that while SGs backing of Sehwag, Harbhajan was duly praised, the way he destroyed promising careers like ramesh, badani was never mentioned. the way he always gave nehra and zaheer preferential treatment over agarkar is also forgotten.

    By Blogger GK, at 00:18  

  • @tc, yes I mean including tri-series itself...

    Someone tol in one of the blogs that the team lost in SL final becasue of a presence. Why not argue the flip side for other losses?

    @ashvin, supporting India wins does not mean accepting what has been going on as right...on the 'behind the curtain' scene. And oppsoing 'behind the scene' does not mean opposing India win. That is too simplistic a conclusion. Enjoy the game and also enjoy the game behind the game.

    By Blogger SS, at 00:19  

  • ss, oldmanb, et al,

    i think it is time you guys give up the lost cause as ganguly haters/bashers will always remain the same..they were gang bangers (fun intended) when ganguly was doing great..they will obviously do it now when he is down..it is very desi in nature and it is our gandhian right in a sense..in fact sg should drop his pants in the true gandhian spirit while he is getting slapped around by people that are single minded in their hatred..where all these hatred comes from?? i am not sure even they have a clue..but it could be a matter of earnest discourse in social anthropology (in tc's case may be biological:)you cannot change their mind as this goes right back to our roots..and here i quote from the Hindu Lemming by Arvasthan Singh "Hindus have the remarkable gift of expending great energy in working towards their own extinction. Any member who breaks ranks with this aim, is immediately ostracised and labelled a ‘goonda’. Dara Singh is perhaps the best contemporary example." SG must be the second best or may have taken over Dara singh at this point. Mind you, no where else in the world (definitely not the top sporting nations in the world) this public mentality is evident which has held back our nation to be truly great in all aspects..we love to hate our own..doesn't matter if they are at fault or not..no point going into this senseless debate anymore..logic, reasoning, records do not have a place..think like the sangh paribar..hate is thy name hatred is our game..cricket?? who has time for that?? how can we ever dream of being a great nation?? IT and BPO can only take you so far..just wait for few more games or seasons depending on how soon we start losing..rd and gc will be vilified and executed by our fickle minded, double crossing, malignant cricket fans (sic)

    By Blogger indianfansrcrazy, at 00:19  

  • Dear TC... take some more facts into consideration... eliminate the tailormade dustbowl/ 'brownwash' results... and also take into consideration the home and away records...notice the lack of tame capitulations in away series?or were the away results against minnows?at no point of time, ther has been such a successful yet so beleagured a captain?compare "mian captain banoge" to the same dungarpur walking into the indian dressing room and in front of the entire team including ganguly,telling RD to get ready to become the captain.dalimya as godfather? it wasn't dungarpur/bindra/pawar/modi who took up sehwag's case!if so, why is it that we point at SG alone as having benefited.the point is the same "fans" who thank chappell because of the first few games being won wiould be baying for his blood if things turn out different.as such, i may not trust your intelligence, but i do trust your lack of judgement

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 00:20  

  • indianfansarecrazy:


    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 00:22  

  • @IFC...WOW!! You took it to a different level man!!

    I doubt anyone here seriosuly thinks like in the level you think...but you sound rational.

    But again...chalta hai yaar..time pass:-))

    By Blogger SS, at 00:24  

  • Hi ! - Does anyone know whether the match will be telecast on Sony or can it be bought on Dish Network. Thanks

    By Blogger Go Dawgs!, at 00:24  

  • indianfancrazy:

    on a more serious note,i totally agree.note the parallels: jagmohan dalmia,by all blog accounts,singlehandedly (sorry, along with ganguly!)responsible for the demise of indian cricket, is also the one administrator who could take off the old public school tie (presumably because he didn't attend one!) and try to end the hegemony of cucumber-sandwhich eating, tea-swelling public school boy domination.ganguly, by many accounts, is guilty of the same show of defiance..

    let us all be good little colonials,this is what the mother country wants and so does its many illegitimate progeny:greg chappell, thankschappell,add on....

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 00:29  

  • @oldmanblues
    i see you seem to have lost it

    By Blogger GK, at 00:32  

  • I find it so diificult to fathom that the same people who adore G underarm C for doing doo things to Indian Cricket, are up in arms against JD who brought this guy in, who gave power to Asian cricket associations and at least has shown the tricks to tame the ICC old boys network. To be fare, JD is not saint but same is thecase with Raj Singh, Muthaiah, Bindra etc. Whom can you choose over whom? And what is Pawar doing in Indian cricket?

    By Blogger SS, at 00:34  

  • If not read by now..
    tom moody comments ..


    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 00:38  

  • SS

    On a lighter note, I heard somewhere that RS Dungarpur has promised to return to Lata bibi and old monk once he has a stadium named after him, like RK Khanna in tennis... or Nehru/Gandhi... come to think of it, he may actually deserve that... after all, he has definitely contributed more [soundbytes] to Indian Cricket than Nehru/Gandhi...

    As for Pawar... trust me... he is the eternal loser... first lost the Delhi Durbar, then lost the Cricket Crown... and is now back for more... punishment... reminds me of my previous post about S&M...

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 00:44  

  • Well here has been the defence that SG guys are coming up with..

    1) Shastri cant critisize SG while doing the commentry because he himself could not play bouncers.. ha ha.. (SS)

    2) We hate SG because we are hindus and we hate oursleves to extinction.. anone doing something(Dara singh is THE example) will be ahted (Indiansfanscrazy).. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    3) GC wants SG out of the team because SG was a thorn in the flesh of Aussies in the past. .. ha ha ha ha..

    and you guys are patting youself pretty hard..

    and once DG's and Azhar's record look same, the pitches turned brown.. as if Calcutta and Madras turned into fast and pacey ptches under SG and not to forget the greenwicketish that SG caught by the look of Nagpur pitch.. so much for defeating opposition on "Not Brown" pitches..

    and how many of us attribute our home victories to "fast and pacey" pitches.. someone .. any answers..

    yeah and we didnt win a single series outside under SG(just like Azhar).. and again I am excuding the minnows for obvious reasons..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 00:46  

  • i suggest a simple solution to this problem. The moderators should open a seperate thread titiled "SG" that stays pinned on the main page(maybe at the bottom). Everyone who wants to discuss him should go that thread. This is an "Ind-SL Match5 - Open Thread".. we don't deserve to read some of the crap written above. Please moderators, consider doing this.

    By Blogger Chetan Reddy, at 00:49  

  • Bottomline..

    SG is a dead bitch..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 00:49  

  • TC, wrt your responses of "hahaha's".. I stick by my previous comment: i still do not trust your intelligence...

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 00:50  

  • so lets us move on now..

    I think GG needs to be in today.. may be Rao can be rested.. and yuvi needs to stay in to do more.. Rao has done enought to be in the team for NZ series..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 00:51  

  • oldmanblues,
    I dont trust your capabilities to judge me at the first place..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 00:52  

  • tc,
    you mean SA series.

    By Blogger J, at 00:52  

  • @ Chetan Reddy

    I second that... But will TC comply?

    I mean, go back up the thread [or any recent thread for that matter], and see who starts most of the hate campaigns!

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 00:53  

  • oldmanblues: and do not trust his record stats fully either..he only showed where sg and mian were comparable..tests..not odis where sg's record was a lot better..

    tc..he ain't your bitch buddy..or is he?? not getting much these days?? ha ha ha ha

    By Blogger indianfansrcrazy, at 00:55  

  • i agree..there needs to be a separate thread or no thread at all..to stop this nonsense..

    By Blogger indianfansrcrazy, at 00:56  

  • SG is the WORST ever thing that happened to Indian Cricket. Thankfully, that WORST thing is over, and the fans and supporters of Indian cricket can heave a sigh of relief and "move on".
    Winning and Losing is one thing. I dont mind if we won more or lost more with who/when.
    Lying, Cheating, playing internal politics, and FAVORITISM - all this BULL**** needs to STOP.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 00:57  

  • As far as overseas victories issue is concerned..
    In 90's, out batting line up was strong at home and pauper abroad.. few exceptions like Sachin and some odd performance by others.. our bowling was roughly the same as we have today.. may be even worse at times.. so we lost outside.. simple we were not talented enough.. Hence we lost outside

    But in this decade, we have seen some of the best bats in the team.. out batting was being considered best in the world because we have SRT/RD/VS/VVS all firing.. We won odd matches.. we mostly lost the next one soon after.. It only lead me to believe that we had the capability.. but couldnt focus enough or were not lead well.. as simple as that.. I guess captain has to take blame for not using the talent to seal some series victories specially when we had resources to do so..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 00:58  

  • oldmanblues -
    Its not about hating SG. Its jus that SG in his present capability is not fit for either a test or ODI spot. If he shows over a period of time in domestic circuit to be worthy of his place in International cricket, he is welcome. ABout 5 years back he was our best ODI player but he has completely lost it since 2003 world cup

    By Blogger J, at 00:58  

  • that is our Glorious Uncertainty these days :)

    i think all the politics started since he left..but i agree not to comment on this anymore..

    By Blogger indianfansrcrazy, at 01:00  

  • Who said Chappel "threw-out" VVS? VVS is still in for Test Matches where he is strongest
    Chappel understands strength of the players best, and VVS will still kick Aussie butts whenever it is we play Test series.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 01:00  

  • oldmanblues,
    By the way, I didnt start this hate campain on this thread.. Look at the first thread.. Bhairon Singh..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 01:01  

  • indiafanscrzy - we have lost innumerable finals under SG and no need to look at any stats for this.

    By Blogger J, at 01:01  

  • The day we will STOP posting that Gangs SHOULD NEVER play ODI or Test match is when either people who say that he should play STOP saying that OR when selectors announce team without Ganguly...We'll Rejoice then.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 01:03  

  • tc

    i was hoping they would send rao in at number 3 today. he scored good runs higher up in the order during the challenger series.

    By Blogger Chetan Reddy, at 01:03  

  • Please start a separate thread closer to the Match starting time if at all someone can do that.
    This thread will get full by the time match starts :-)

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 01:04  

  • VVS was thrown out of ODI team for Bangla tour.. GC was not even in the scene then.. It was SG who did this.. He also selected Mongia ahead of LAX on the basis on NZ series in NZ.. tell me who saw the ball in that series sans Sehwag..

    So VVS knows who it is.. thats why they were gag orders and all that before the review meeting and only SG supporters went to the media without fear..

    But times are changing..

    SG record better in ODIs as captain.. well I wont even waste time on that..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 01:05  

  • Mongia instance is in context of world cup..

    By the way, I am waiting for someone who can tell Mongia "Why he is not in the team"..

    His plight is posted on Rediff.. May be Prem can gift him a TV set with some videos of his past.. with an advice to see some current matches..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 01:07  

  • Ganguly screwed VVS and tries to pretend now OH! Chappel is the one trying to screw VVS.
    CROCODILE TEARS!!!!anyone.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 01:07  

  • TC,
    Has Mongia improved now with his good showing in the Eng.County circuit? What say you?

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 01:08  

  • GU,
    I saw him in challenger series live.. He was still the same old crap.. I also dont know why they make him captain of anything..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 01:11  

  • I am curious as to how the heck did he go to English conditions and "supposedly" do well in the County Cricket scene? Maybe the trick is in the "supposedly" part!

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 01:13  

  • why is gg in the team? is he a good odi bat potential? i think he scored 50 plus once may be..can he bat anywhere other than opening spot?

    without him, the batting order could read:

    1) srt
    2) vs
    3) sr (can swap with vr if needed)
    4) vr
    5) ys
    6) rd
    7) msd
    10) hs

    supersub: hs

    this will be really an experiment with focus on giving guys like vr and sr good chance to fare well at the top of the order without too much pressure

    By Blogger indianfansrcrazy, at 01:17  

  • is sachin playing today

    By Blogger karthik, at 01:22  

  • as srt is "more equal than the others", maybe he can sit out of this game and let GG open the innings, just to test him. srt could be the supersub. Also, isn't it high time we start preparing pitches in india that we are going to face in the windies. How much time will it take to create such pitches?

    By Blogger Chetan Reddy, at 01:24  

  • chetan, i think someone else in some other post mentioned that srt will be raring to go today, esp; after not much of a showing in last two matches. i agree and i i doubt gg is a long term option for the odi. but, in the interest of everyone getting a chance probably he will get a nod..may not happen today though

    By Blogger indianfansrcrazy, at 01:28  

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    By Blogger sundeep, at 01:32  

  • Eng 44/6 !!

    vs Pakistan A at Lahore

    By Blogger sundeep, at 01:33  

  • don't you think that's a little selfish? after all, he is good enough to come back into the team after scoring poorly in the challenger series and still score 93 and 70. He doesn't need to score in a 'dead' match just because he didn't play well in the last two matches. maybe he can score today and then give his place to GG in the last two ODIs. but then, who is to guarantee that the selectors won't drop GG for MK for those ODIs

    By Blogger Chetan Reddy, at 01:37  

  • yeah i think gg is a goner after mk returns as well..so may not matter..i dont think gc and team thinking of this as a dead match..also tendulkar has been out for long..i am sure he will do what is necessary and required for the team..which is not selfish no matter what..but if he wants to play..do you think even gc will stop him..but, if india wins today..he can be rested for the 6th odi atleast.

    By Blogger indianfansrcrazy, at 01:47  

  • i m predicting a 2-0 loss for England in Pakistan.

    By Blogger Ruchi Shah, at 01:58  

  • I don't understand why a D/N game was scheduled on Sunday, unless the intent was to screw up work on Monday.

    By Blogger mip_co, at 02:17  

  • I think Suresh Raina is in for sure and they may try GG in place of Venu.

    By Blogger Shekhar Kale, at 02:37  

  • sa fielding ..

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 02:53  

  • Why should venu be dropped after playing so well in the last ODI....i think he deserves to come in second drop, and let Raina ake 1st drop in this match......dravid should follow venu at 3rd drop, followed by yuvi then dhoni, with srt and vr opening

    By Blogger rahul_fan, at 02:54  

  • GU, if "SG is the WORST ever thing that happened to Indian Cricket", then you are the worst thing that happened on the face of the earth.

    By Blogger Bhairo Singh, at 02:56  

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    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 02:58  

  • I dont hink VR will be dropped ..

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 03:00  

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    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 03:02  

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    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 03:05  

  • I think over the next 3 matches Ind should the 3 senior batsmen (SRT/VS/RD) and the 3 senior bowlers (IP/AA/HS) in one match each

    By Blogger N, at 03:09  

  • RPS and GG may get a chance to play .. the selection should be tricky today .
    JPY may play as SS

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 03:12  

  • lucky 4 for astle

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 03:13  

  • tendulkar not playing....irfan not playing...GG will open....india lost the toss and will bat first...but rahul said he would have gone for the batting first...

    By Blogger Shivam, at 03:31  

  • HS also not playing and JPY super sub

    By Blogger Shivam, at 03:32  

  • looks wonderful.. no quams.. Batting looks a little thin.. but who knows if it is Sehwag's day..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 03:34  

  • tc,

    I really like your comments and analysis...r u watching the match? where do u stay? in india or abroad?

    By Blogger Shivam, at 03:36  

  • if u r not watching then i would give you details of proceedings, otherwise if u also watching then we can just discuss the happenings

    By Blogger Shivam, at 03:37  

  • I am aborad.. and I have been watching Indian Cricket for a long time.. after the pakistan series, I decided as long as SG and Zaheer KHan are in th team, I wont spend money to watch this team..

    Eventually I am thanks Chappel.

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 03:38  

  • Too many players rested for the same game! Pathan and HS and Sachin-- its ok, even though Ind is a bit weak today???

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:39  

  • the sg stream link ain't working...any pointers folks !!!

    By Blogger thirdman_maiden, at 03:39  

  • rain in sa-nz match

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 03:39  

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    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 03:39  

  • Can anyone paste the final team here.. it starts just 5 minute before actual play at willow tv.

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 03:40  

  • How do u get the team info? From which website? or TV in India?

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:41  

  • shivam, have they shown the full team? Who are the bowlers?

    By Blogger worma, at 03:41  

  • Grass on the Wicket (as per Cricinfo) thats why SL Bowling first...Maybe sehwag/GG need to watch first few overs.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:42  

  • pathan, bhajji and tendulkar rested :((

    By Blogger Ridham, at 03:42  

  • If no Tend/Path/HS then I guess the 12 is obvious since there are only 15 guys total! And JPY is supersub.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:43  

  • bowlers:
    Sreesanth,AA,Murali Kartik,RP Singh
    (JPY will come in if one of these guys screw up)

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:44  

  • I guess its Sehwag and Yuvi's day out today.. good luck to GG too

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 03:44  

  • actually JPY will come in anyway since we are bowling second

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:44  

  • India team:
    V Sehwag, G Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, *R Dravid, Y Venugopal Rao,
    +MS Dhoni, SK Raina, AB Agarkar, RP Singh, M Kartik, S Santh.

    Sri Lanka team:
    +KC Sangakkara, ST Jayasuriya, *MS Atapattu, DPMD Jayawardene,
    TM Dilshan, WU Tharanga, RP Arnold, CRD Fernando,
    M Muralitharan, DNT Zoysa, WPUJC Vaas.

    By Blogger Shivam, at 03:44  

  • gu : yep right...didn't do the math quick enough LOL :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 03:45  

  • But why an allrounder as supersub.. may be they think they wont use him unless absolutely needed..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 03:46  

  • Allrounder supersub is usually the BEST - it gives u plenty of option to call JPY in at any time u need.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:47  

  • RPS or SS would've been a better choice as supersub. JPY would've been useful down the order

    By Blogger N, at 03:48  

  • but see RPS or SS supersub means u have to have know ahead of time if you are Surely going to get to Bat First

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:48  

  • Any idea on the "Grass on wicket" being reported by Cricinfo...Not very good news that for Openers.

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:51  

  • did you note...in the last team...we were really helpless against murali's "dusara"...he will again be the man today...

    By Blogger Shivam, at 03:51  

  • it seems RD has said he would've batted anyway. So he could've taken that chance. I think its always a better idea to have a specialist as a supersub rather than alrounder. Doesnt really help much if its an allrounder

    By Blogger N, at 03:51  

  • *team = match

    By Blogger Shivam, at 03:51  

  • Who is SL's supersub?

    By Blogger N, at 03:52  

  • Attapattu sounded a little negative in the post-toss interview... "we failed to set targets, so we are trying something different this time..."

    By Blogger Rightarmover, at 03:52  

  • what could be a good target to set here?

    By Blogger Rightarmover, at 03:53  

  • 300

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:54  

  • SL Super=Maharoof????

    By Blogger Glorious Uncertainty(GU), at 03:54  

  • On Indian pitches, a team rarely gets out batting first.. you guys can come up with examples.. by I say its rare.. hence you dont need an allrounder.. as you woudnt replace a bat while batting first.. and replacing a bowler is anyway less probably as you rarely lose you all 10 wickets.. atleast not all of them before 45 overs..

    If you bat second, you need extra protection.. a bat.

    Hence, In Indian conditions, I will always go with 5 bats, 5 bowlers(including JPY) and a bat as supesub..

    But this match, management is focussing to give a chance to all the people.. as IP has been rested, so AA cant be..

    However I think, HS should have been played if your full pace battery is not playing..

    anyway, its OK. If we win the match, that something we will be proud of..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 03:55  

  • Considering SL wanted to bat I'd assume Samaraweera if Attapattu had any sense. Why a bowler as SS when you're bowling first?!!!

    By Blogger N, at 03:55  

  • Is the sporting streams link working for anyone yet ?

    By Blogger Confused Indian Cricket Fan, at 03:56  

  • Target of 300 might not be defendable.. I would say, target should be 320+..

    But never aim it when you start the batting.. aim just 300.. if situation looks OK, changes the gears

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 03:56  

  • Who will be the No.3 today ? Raina ?

    By Blogger Cynic, at 03:56  

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