Saturday, February 18, 2006

Team INDIA-World Champions 2007?

I just love cricket. I see the game for the love of it. Its doesn’t matter who is playing, who is winning I just love to watch it. I have seen atleast 10 Ranji trophy matches played by Kerala, my home state. I have seen most of the first class cricket matches held in Kerala Agricultural College ground which is less than 200 meters from my house.

I was watching the third one day match between India and Pakistan. It was one of the best run chase by India I have ever seen in my life. The way India chased the run made me feel that I am seeing the next world champions in action.

What made me think like that? I started comparing present India team to two time defending world champions Australia. Why are Australia world champions in both Test matches and one day matches? I believe the answer is very simple- for every spot they have atleast 2 players.

Take the Australian one day team- they have the liberty of four openers – Hayden, Katich, Clarke and Gilchrist. In middle order they have at least 6 to 7 players to choose from. They have a great pool of allrounders. They are not dependent on any particular bowler to bowl out the opposition. Moreover each and everyone is an excellent fielder

Take the case of others Test playing nations. SriLanka depend heavily on Jayasuriya and Attapattu for batting, Vaas and Muralithadaran for bowling, New Zealand on Fleming and Astle, Pakistan on Inzamam and Shoaib Akhtar, England on Flintoff, South Africa on Smith and Kallis, West Indies on Lara to win them matches.

Now take the case of India. There was a time when people stop watching when Tendulkar gets out. Is it the case with present team. Like Australia we have atleast 4 openers to choose from –Tendulkar, Sehwag, Ganguly and Gambhir. Dhoni, Pathan, Dravid or Kaif can walk in at number three. Yuvaraj, Raina, Dhoni or Pathan can come in late in the order and accelerate at will in the dearth. Regarding bowling department we have a long list to choose from – Zaheer, Pathan, Sreeshant, R P Singh, Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh etc. The strength of the present day India team can be judged by the fact that classy players like VVS Laxman and Kumble cannot find a place in the team.

The point I want to make is that TEAM INDIA no longer depends on any player to deliver the goods. Rather the one day team plays as a unit. When a team plays like a unit, the result has to be win and more wins. That is exactly what is happening to TEAM INDIA.

2007 World Cup in West Indies - Best Chance for TEAM INDIA to lift the World Cup , Will they raise to the occasion?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the best way to bring Indian team on par with Aussies is to change the format of the Ranji trophy. I believe Ranji trophy should be played in a result oriented way.
Also we need a mixed bag of both spin and fast bowling pitches. In Australia there is Sydney which is a little spin wicket and Perth, a fast pitch.


February 18, 2006 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2007 will probably be the last time [till we find some players] we will actually be in the position you describe. By 2011, Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar and Kumble would have moved from the field to the commentator's box.

Gotta win that one man, gotta win that one.

February 18, 2006 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely agree with all the points listed in your article. I am not still convinced by our Indian bowlers ability to contain runs and take wicket at regular intervals against a quality team like AUS. As a side note, I can't understand the double standards maintained by our selection panel. When Harsh selection criteria is applied for Saurav Ganguly, the same rule is thrown out of the window for Ajit Agarkar.
Anyways We got to win one for India this time.

February 19, 2006 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sony, I agree with most of your views. But on a fast bouncy track it would be a totally different story. But the present team is good.

February 20, 2006 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh ... we have had a great time and great matches. Its bee na great team effort and this is what is very important in a team game like cricket. Hope india carries that forward till the world cup atleast. I agree with BADI, about the way the ranji is played and selection is done ... but hats off to the youngsters you have put out their heart.


February 22, 2006 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Lakshmi Narayan said...

Your blog is cool man. I do accept your views and it is nice to see selectors having confusion or choices to deal with selection of spots. But I am at a loss when it comes to understanding one aspect of Indian Cricket..Like Padmakumar mentioned why are our bowlers always at the receiving end? How on Earth a bowler would be motivated if the pitches were constantly made as featherbed? It would be very demoralising to bore the brunt all the time. Conceding >60 runs /10 overs in a feather bed pitch subsequently makes the bowlers look like losers and batsmen pretty. No matter how depth our batting is going to be, we cant win matches unless we have strong defence. Defence means tighter fielding and tighter bowling(Recall yesteryear Windies and SA few years before..).To acheive this I believe we should have ample mix of pitches
that encourages bowlers. This change I beleive, should start from BCCI and happen till the final artery. That being said on the admin side, other area would be emphasis on atitude towards basic fitness. I beleive that if these two basic things were taken care, we will climb the heights and we will stay there..
My two cents Nair..
Lakshmi Narayan

February 23, 2006 5:45 PM  
Blogger flutteringeyes said...

time for another blog!

March 12, 2006 6:36 PM  
Blogger Mind Curry said...

I just love cricket
we can see that!! :)

March 26, 2006 6:57 AM  

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