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Friday, November 11, 2005

India-SL preview

Cricinfo in its preview of the final game of the series lists the probable squad, thus:
India (probable) 1 Sachin Tendulkar, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Yuvraj Singh, 4 Rahul Dravid (capt), 5 Mohammad Kaif, 6 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Ajit Agarkar, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Murali Kartik, 11 Rudra Pratap Singh, Supersub: Suresh Raina

It sort of confirms to what some of us were discussing on this blog during game 6 -- for the final game of the series, forget experimentation, assess what the gains and losses have been thus far, and put the best possible 11 on the park, looking not so much to win a dead rubber, as to turn in an emphatic performance, with a view to building up a head of steam ahead of the matches against South Africa next week on. From that perspective, hard to fault this lineup; significantly, India yet again opting (of course, all this assumes this lineup is the one finally picked) with five bowlers. It's been a long time since we have done that -- traditionally, we've attempted most times to protect our batting lineup by trying to bat down to 7, but with the supersub now coming into play, and various players firing with the bat, the team seems more confident about the more attacking 6-5 ratio.


  • So long Rao and Yadav we will never hear from either one of you. One thing glaring about the first five bastman in the cricinfo list for this next match is these were the same cast of characters that lost us 12 or 13 finals in the process winning 1 or 2. Talking about WC experimentation should'nt Gambhir or Raina be there in the 11 and not as a supersub for example instead of Sehwag or Yuvraj. I know..I know. Yuvraj and Sehwag are indispensible and they are above the form and consistency that applies to almost everyone except those fab five in ODI's because of their god given talents. OK we got it.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 11:43  

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    By Blogger AR, at 11:48  

  • Agree with you Prem.I have no complaints about this line up.This is our best XI.I think the rotation policy has to continue for the SA series.I'm worried about how fresh some of our seniors(esp SRT) would be for the test series against SL.Wish the test series was scheduled right after the ODI's.We already have the Lankans on the mat.Would have been a perfect platform for a resounding 3-0 drubbing.

    By Blogger AR, at 11:49  

  • On a different note - http://www.news24.com/News24/Columnists/Archie_Henderson/0,,2-1630-1961_1831334,00.html

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 11:50  

  • Pretty strange that the SA team didnt ask for a warm-up game (or am I missing something here) and are starting their tour directly with the first ODI on the 16th! Is that a sign of supreme confidence or a shortage of time.
    Also on the schedulling, all the SL and SA matches have 2 days between them - so (I think) do the England games. Then why r they ranting about the hardness to travel from venue to venue?

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 11:59  

  • Yeah what the hell??? Why we need a Warm of game. The games are fixed anyway. Just kidding. Just Kidding. Seriously that is strange.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 12:03  

  • but they are just coming out of another series...and it is a filler series anyway

    By Blogger Prabu, at 12:10  

  • Some food for all of your thoughts... I am reposting this, but what the heck... its good!

    The question of running bwn wkts and run outs has come up in the past, and cricinfo has just published not one, but two stat laden pages:

    ODIS: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/224487.html
    TESTS: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/224489.html

    For SG and LAX haters... this should be revealing, for SRT/Mian Azzu even RD leads both in some form or the other, in some list or the other... and practically no where are LAX/SG more than the rest above [Lax is in fact no where in the lists, prolly bcoz he has played much less]... If SG leads RD in running out partners in tests by percentage, RD leads SG in the same list by actual number of dismissals... In the worst case scenario, SG is comparable to SRT in some lists...

    Amongst Indians, there are however some interesting surprises... Merchant for one... while others are expected... Kumble, Srinath etc...

    Interestingly, Yuvi is amongst the top fielders to have effected run outs in odis... while the much feted Kaif no where in the scene...

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 12:27  

  • The supersub is one of the areas we have fared better than Lanka...but then thts only because the main lineup has been clicking..

    We havent had the hindisight of a failure with the batting team or the bowling lineup to see how it impacted.

    Consider this case,

    Setting aside the keeper,

    we have 6 batsman and 4 bowlers and we bat first and we are in a hole losing all the major batsman
    abd we desperately need the supersub and a bowler needs to be sacrificed..

    Thtz wher we have been doing good...

    We have steadfastly stuck to having 5 batsmen and 5 bowlers(1 of them an alrounder, albiet) so that the supersub can be filled accordingly..

    and even when in cases when we had the wrong choice of a super sub, like having a bowler and fielding first
    (as we did with Murali karthik once) thereby wher in case of a bad bowling performance we would have needed
    to bring in a bowler at the expense of a batsman, we were able to get away with it, as we were not tested..

    Looks good though, Im sure the team think tank did think abt such aspects...

    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 12:30  

  • There's definitely some keen competition for the batting slots now. Someone like Gambhir, who has looked exceedingly good in the two opportunities he was provided, seems to not make the best XII. Bit of a shame, because I like the look of the guy as a one-day opener, but at the very least his presence ought to keep the rest of the batsmen from allowing complacency to set in. Not to mention, should any topline batsman get injured or need rest, Gambhir will likely fill the vacated spot admirably. Still not entirely convinced about Yuvraj at 3... would much rather see Kaif/Dhoni there depending on match conditions and situation.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 22:04  

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