January 20, 2008

ODI Squad For The Tri Series Selected

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:57 am by techtwist

Finally we have the selection committee back in the fray with their selection process after an exciting week of cricket.The main headline being that the inform Saurav Ganguly has been left out of the squad and Rahul Dravid’s name was not even considered.They want to consider the youngsters for the upcoming also featuring Australia and Sri Lanka.

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Suresh Raina is going to make a come back to the International scene after quite sometime now.Even Praveen Kumar has been included in the squad after some good show for UP who ended up as the second best in the Ranji Trophy tornament.

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The third UP player in the squad is Piyush Chawla who was included ahead of Murali Karthik as the selectors thought that wrist spinners would have a better say on the Australian wickets.This is debatable as Murali Karthik had done a pretty good job last time the Indians toured Australia.

The fast bowling department has Sreesanth coming in for the injured Zaheer Khan.He was picked ahead of Munaf Patel even though both trained at the National Academy and both were cleared to play.But the selectors felt the Munaf Patel needed some more match practise before he can play in an International game.

Gautam Gambhir, who has cracked three centuries in the Ranji Trophy [two of them match-winning efforts, in the semi-final and final], and Dinesh Karthik have been included. Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan and Munaf have been placed on standby and will join the squad in case of any injuries.Personally I would have loved to see Mohammed Kaif sneak into the team as he’s quite a good player.I fell that the selectors are being a little rude on the lad.

One thing that I can’t take is the reasons that these selectors give to the media for having selected/dropped a player.It sounds very stupid.They should be bold enough to tell the actual truth.They claim that Ganguly has been left out just because of his poor fielding.He was quite successful during the last year and I’m still wondering why he has been left out.

Time and again Dravid has proved his worth and yet he hasn’t even been spoken off during the selection.If the selectors are looking at the future they should have the guts to speak out in public about this.Rather what they do is they’ll again depend on these seasoned campaigners once the team is in some sort of bad patch.Thats really mean and unfair.

The final squad is as listed below :

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla

P.S. : It is stated that Dhoni wanted to retain the same squad that won the T 20 World Cup as much as possible.Not sure of this though.


January 15, 2008

The WACA Warfield

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:19 am by techtwist

Finally there has been a proper direction given to the Melbourne mishap.Both Captains have finally agreed to certain terms and conditions and also have scrapped the catching agreement.Both Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting were seen in a good mood at a conference and rather looked quite confident of nothing short than a wonderful on-field battle at Perth.

With Harbhajan’s hearing being postponed to post-series stage even he can concentrate with the job on hand.So did the Indians backed off their charges against Brad Hogg.So the relationship between the teams seem to be quite good off the field.

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Shaun Tait will get his first opportunity for the series to have a go at the Indian Batsmen.He would like to prove a point here at the pacy WACA.The pitch here seems to be getting back to its hayday best offering enough assistance to the quicks.With Hayden being injured due to a pulled hamstring,the Australians have roped in the local boy Chris Rogers as the other specialist opener.Having known the wicket quite well the onus is on him to perform.

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As far as the Indians are concerned the think tank has a tough task ahead of the Perth contest.With all the four openers – Virender Sehwag,Wasim Jaffer,Dinesh Karthick and Rahul Dravid – being among runs its a problem of plenty now.I see Virender Sehwag being roped in for the out of form Yuvraj Singh and Dravid back to where he belongs.

Now the stadium at perth boasts of hosting all the three forms of the game within a span of three months – A ODI against the Sri Lankans,A T20 against the New Zealand black caps and now the Test against the Indians.With quite a few changes in both the teams and with Gilchrist expressing the Aussie desire for the seventeenth one on a trot,it promises to be a contest of a lifetime as only Sachin Tendulkar remains the sole person to have played a test at WACA.Some of the others have played a ODI here where they were thoroughly outplayed during the last two contests here.

PS: Picture Courtesy : Cricinfo