Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Thoughts on watching the highlights of today's game...

How come when India's bowlers turn in a sub-par performance (by the high standards they've set in recent games), the batsmen finally decide to get into the act?
How come Ravi Shastri is allowed to call (the umpire) Peter Parker 'Porky' every time he mentions him? It may not be racist, but it's definitely insensitive.
I wonder if it would be a good idea to bring back Mohammed Kaif. The team needs someone in the middle order with some experience and maturity to complement Yuvraj and Dhoni. It will be a little hard on Uthappa, but then he's not really doing too much with the chances he's getting right now.
In the post-Tendulkar era, this would be my team:
Openers: Sehwag and Gambhir, with Uthappa as back-up
Middle order: Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj, Kaif - Uthappa could fit in here too ,
or Dhoni in India. Not Pathan though - he's perfect at no.7 and and first
change bowler
All-rounders: Dhoni, Pathan, Piyush Chawla. Maybe Praveen
Kumar could fit in, though he's still got some way to go
Bowlers: Harbhajan, and any 2 out of Ishant, Sree Santh, RP, or Zaheer.
Maybe Murali Karthik as back-up for Bhajji.
There you go - no players as illustrious as any of the Big Four point Five (that's Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble and Laxman), but that could well be their strength, with everyone contributing. Sort of like the Sri Lankan team under Ranatunga.

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