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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Ring out the old...

Trevor Chesterfield, writing the Lankan point of view, returns to a theme he has touched on before -- to wit, what is Sanath Jayasuriya doing in this squad?
Sure, he wants to show that at 36 he can still cut it at this highly competitive level. But realistically, it is becoming a series where he should have reassumed the position as a middle-order batsman. In this, such words of comfort that Sri Lankans cling to, such as ‘don’t forget Sanath, he is due for runs’ have long been consigned to the wastepaper basket.
Now the selectors need to face up to the realisation that they need to make changes to the side, and not just cosmetic ones either, but a serious makeover.

Strange, in a sense, when you consider that this is what many were thinking at the end of India's tour of Sri Lanka -- a point Chesterfield in fact touches on later in this piece:
Having chewed over the results of the India Oil Cup defeat and those in Zimbabwe, India have decided on the bold gamble of putting together a side that is fit, strong, motivated and athletic. Fine catches, top-draw run-outs through nifty fielding and generally impressive bowling has left the tourists decidedly flat-footed.

19 Comments:

  • hey prem
    there are a bunch of articles in the sportstar site http://www.sportstaronnet.com/
    dunno if they have been posted here

    By Blogger JD, at 11:34  

  • Hi prem,
    good morning,

    i thought they could have rested him for atleast 2 games but as soon as they realised they doing badly they were reluctant in doing so.As TC said before.
    SJ himself should opt out if he is not match fit, its kind of JR once said he will leave it to SRT about his fitness and will believe what ever he himself thinks of his fitness.
    Any way we all knew that few of lankan tricks like slow bowling were always like home lions and it they have never shown results(slow bowlers) abroad, so they dont need to get surprised by these resutls.
    AR on earlier column said he,and other SL board officials (mainly ex players) meets regularly to discuss SL cricket, well will be interesting to know if they ever discuss their away performances or if replacements for murli,SJ,vaas only if they thought they can never get hurt.

    By Blogger MAHER, at 11:41  

  • Prem...are we not getting carried away in these victories...a 5-1 margin is definitely good.But, are not the Sri Lankans playing pathetic cricket?? And they have ne'er been known as great tourists.Tigers at home....

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 12:00  

  • ravi1010: Carried away how? I mean, when we lost in SL, I remember on this same forum the fire-storm of comment that slammed the team as a bunch of congenital losers. At the time, anyone who suggested it was the start of a new season, and maybe the team needed to settle in, under someone who was then a stop-gap skipper and under a recently appointed coach, got short shrift.
    Fair enough, fans have the right to feel let down by their team when they lose; but conversely, they have the equal right, surely, to rejoice when it wins, and that too emphatically?
    Ah yes, SL is playing pathetic cricket. But wasn't SL playing superb cricket just recently? So the question begs asking, could the dip in standard have something to do with the fact that the Indians have lifted their own game? For instance, not so long ago batsmen were hitting straight to fielders and running easy singles; suddenly, they are getting run out on even easy-looking runs.
    Not suggesting we need to build statues to the team and start worshipping at the altar, but I do believe that if we sorrow when the team loses, a bit of joy when it wins is in no way out of place.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 12:08  

  • You have to celebrate your success and reflect over your defeats.
    I for one, am definitely not carried away - but definitely amazed at how things have turned out just a few weeks after being an international embarrassment in the cricketing world and how the coach, captain and senior player have managed to turn this around. Quite frankly, all I heard from my friends was "SRT is gone, why is he coming back and India will win 4 of the next 12 games". So, I am elated about the wins, I do hope for more but am not expecting a WC2007 win as yet.

    By Blogger Main Prem Ka Deewana Hoon, at 12:40  

  • Prem...I remember those conversations.I can say with a lot of conviction that Worma and I were in the minority of people who kept insisting that we need to give this team the time for them to get their feet moving.And while they have done that, there has been a corresponding fall in the SL performance. That is my take. But, it would still be early days for this team. Experimentations will have to stop at some time sooner than later to get the best 14 playing together

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 12:41  

  • Ravi,

    It is like Arjuna claiming he killed Karna and Krishna explaining that he was killed six times before. SL is playing pathetic cricket now because they were beaten by Mumbai BP-XI, then blown away by SRT, IP and RD, then by IP and SRT, then by MSD, then by AA.. I don't think SL played pathetic cricket in the first game. All international teams have players who are really really good...but the key lies in how you mentally dismantle them. Once you do that, then they start playing bad cricket.

    By Blogger Prabu, at 13:04  

  • Prabu - you are a real Prabhu (hands joined, head bowed) - very good point.
    SL must be wondering, who is going to stick it to us today :)

    By Blogger Main Prem Ka Deewana Hoon, at 13:08  

  • I dont understand the references to World cup 2007. The best team need not win the cup as it has a knock out format. This is quite unlike the world series in MLB or NBA finals.

    The Indian team could continue improving, get a #2 ranking and still not figure in the WC finals (let alone win it).

    Although its hard to compare across generations, the current squad would demolish previous Indian teams (1983 etc.) I dont recall ever seeing such a comprehensive win in ANY series by an Indian team. Each one of the 5 wins was by huge margins.

    By Blogger natty, at 13:11  

  • natty,

    like u said, you cannot compare teams of different eras. The 1983 team was selected without the knowledge that there 20 overs with fielding restrictions and same applies to the 1985 and 1987 team - which were really really good teams btw.

    None of our current crop of fast bowlers have an outswinger that is even close to the lethal outswinger the KD possessed in his prime - remember Qasim Omar in 1985?

    By Blogger Prabu, at 13:17  

  • Main Prem Ka Deewana Hoon

    thanks

    By Blogger Prabu, at 13:17  

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    By Blogger Prabu, at 13:23  

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    By Blogger Prabu, at 13:23  

  • prabu...
    Omar, if I recall, was done in by Kapil's surprise inswinger. He was playing for the away swing (which is Kapil's natural delivery).

    By Blogger Kannan, at 13:33  

  • kannan,

    maybe u r right....but I think it was an outswinger that started on leg stump and picked out the off stump.... 20 yrs is a long time but I still remember Omar's reaction to the ball..priceless

    By Blogger Prabu, at 13:35  

  • kannan...i think you are right

    By Blogger Prabu, at 13:38  

  • i think i confused it with Roger "Giant Kinny" Binny's beautiful bowling to the Aussies

    By Blogger Prabu, at 13:39  

  • As an aside...do u think Roger Binny had the biggest ass of all circket players ever?

    By Blogger Prabu, at 13:40  

  • Hmm - I somehow remember it being an outswinging yorker starting on leg and crashing into the base on middle and off. I think it was 2 wickets in 2 balls.
    But that look on his face!! As Prabu said - priceless.

    By Blogger Main Prem Ka Deewana Hoon, at 13:40  

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