Sunday, February 24, 2008

Indian Team Management - No spine

I watched the match last night and went to bed with mixed emotions.

Congratulations Australia for making the Indians sweat !

Our bowling
- At the best, it was mediocre barring a few deliveries by Ishant Sharma. Sreesanth and Pathan were so predictive and the A
ussies slammed them along with Ishant.

Harbhajan and Yuvraj bowled a tight spell to restrict the Australians to 317. At one stage I thought they'd easily cross 400 !

Our batting - Apart from Gambhir and Uthappa, it was a pathetic show. Gautham's form and his stroke making skills were superb. Uthappa showed his class with his powerful (baseball style) shots.

Drop Old Man Sachin

I did some math and noticed that Old Man Sachin's average in the CB series so far is close to 19 runs. Why not drop him and bring in Dinesh Karthik? Dhoni can get some rest from wicket keeping too and focus more on his captaincy and batting.

Why is the Indian Management giving so many changes to Sachin when a young player like Praveen Kumar or Manoj Tiwari gets only one match ? What is the Logic ?

I would also drop Sreesanth and bring in Praveen Kumar ( He is an allrounder). Piyush Chawla must be played and Rohit Sharma can be dropped to get him in.

Here is my team for the next game against Sri Lanka.

Dinesh Karthik, Sehwag , Gambir, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan, Piyush Chawla, Ishant Sharma.


Raju said...

Sorry to say this Narayanan.. but I wasnt happy seeing you too joining the list of Sachin-bashers whenever India loses matches. Agreed that his scores before yesterday's 63 werent good but it is important to note that he got out once by 'hit wicket' - an unfortunate way to get out, and received one contentious LBW decision. What Dhoni said about Sachin in the post-match briefing is worth noting.

When Ponting and Symonds were going through an even worse patch earlier, we attributed it to our good bowling; but we forget that Aus has right now the best bowling lineup in the world.. Sachin has been doing his 'silencing the critics' part for a good part of the last 6 years. Dropping him or any other player based on just a few bad performances would be akin to knee-jerk reaction.

Anonymous said...

thank god, you are not in the dressing room. Such an immature article.

Anonymous said...

Sir, we are not playing fantasy F1 here. You can go to cricinfo....

Anonymous said...

very good team..Great thinking!!!. Keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

Saw the match today..what drop sachin and rohit...where did you play your cricket, Sir?