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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Wide angle

This stat-based story should be up on Rediff soon, consider this a sneak peak: the 2 wides and 1 no ball India conceded in the 6th ODI equals the 1982-'83 team's performance against Pakistan at Lahore.
In the 2000s, we have in fact gone 5 extras or less just thrice: twice versus the Windies at Harare in 2001, once versus Pakistan at Amstelveen, in August last year.

12 Comments:

  • That is tremendous discipline! Esp. considering there were two rookies in the lineup.

    On a related note Prem, we have seen the rotation policy used to good effect in this series. How about a post on your views regarding Zaheer, Nehra and Balaji and how they compare with this GenNext? Apparently ZK did fare well in the domestic competitions, do you reckon he merits a recall??? Of course its a headache for the selectors, but your views would be nice to know.

    By Blogger CricLover, at 13:10  

  • And that too, the no ball was bowled by....Harbhajan Singh!

    By Blogger Jeetu, at 14:15  

  • criclover: About Nehra, the call is easy -- he has broken down (or otherwise made himself unavailable) so often in the recent past, that his only option now is/should be to play a good few months at the domestic level without more breakdowns. Zaheer is more of a gray area, but too often the pattern has repeated itself -- dismal performances, obvious unfitness, then one spurt of good form... I would think he needs now to take his chances in competition with the rest, and on current evidence, you would put Irfan Pathan into the team straightaway, you would add Ajit Agarkar to the mix, Rudra Pratap has been very impressive and deserves a run. And there is still VRV Singh to be assessed. Zaheer can compete for his place, and good luck to him. Balaji is the unknown quantity -- I don't have a clue what is wrong with him; whether it is physical or otherwise. He did well in Aus, very well in Pak, and faded thereafter. I thought, based on his bowling in Aus and Pak, he had potential -- what has happened since, I really do not know

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 14:20  

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    By Blogger inside_story, at 14:50  

  • Prem,

    Are we talking only about ODI composition or Test also here? Balaji hasn't bowled since the tests against Paks but bowled a lot of crap in ODIs since then. I don't think L(k)B is a good ODI bowler but certainly very good in tests.

    By Blogger Prabu, at 14:58  

  • Thanks Prem, appreciate it...

    By Blogger CricLover, at 16:02  

  • I think Balaji will come back and we might even see him back for India-SL tests as besides Pathan only Agarkar can make it in the team as a pace bowler. Sree Santh & RP Singh are too raw to be included in tests...let them have a longer run in ODI's. The problem with Balaji I think is that he lost form after coming back from injury and has had his action re-modelled again and again to get in any sort of rhythm.

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 18:14  

  • Prem seems to have ruled out Santh already, based on the last 5 or so matches!! Of course he hasnt done anything special to be considered over the other guys, but from what I've read on the posts I got the impression that he did show some qualities which makes him worth pursuing. Am I wrong?

    By Blogger N, at 19:42  

  • in tests we will probably play 2 fast bowlers and 2(3) spinners so IP AA, AK HS and (MK) so that means LB and ZAK and AN will have to wait

    By Blogger Amit, at 21:55  

  • Sreesanth bowls real quick but needs to bowl with more control. It is pointless bowling on the legs of batsmen with the fine leg up - however quick you are. He sure does have potential but needs to be honed.

    Balaji is probably in the wrong camp (with Zaheer and Nehra) and hence is losing out. Someone should point out Harbhajan's transformation to Balaji. ;-) j/k

    By Blogger vshan, at 01:34  

  • Hi Prem...Isn't it surprising that even after winning 5 matches India's ODI ranking hasn't changed at all not even 1 up...worst thing is india has played 35 ODI highest of all countries...

    By Blogger soapsoup, at 05:57  

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