Fifty50: A bowler’s nightmare

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I think the Indian masses are ready for Twenty20.  In fact, they yearn for it so much that the Indian cricket management is compelled to serve pancakes for pitches match after match.  I just saw India score 350 against Sri Lanka, and what’s more, Sri Lanka might still be fancying its chances (remember when Pakistan nearly chased down a similar total against India in Spring 2004?).  A lot of people complain about the ludicrous number of records being set in games involving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, yet this circus goes uncriticized.

Tendulkar’s return to international cricket was eagerly watched by many, and you can expect scrolls and scrolls of reports about his “brilliant” innings.  The fact of the matter is, unlike Pathan’s innings, Tendulkar’s was far from fluent.  There were plenty of mistimed shots, missed run out chances, heaves that failed to connect, and a dropped catch too.  He was far from his best, and that was partly expected.  What was pleasing, however, was his attacking style of play.  He frequently danced down the track (even to Vaas), and that’s something he hasn’t been willing to do of late.  If this is a sign of things to come, we can expect some terrific entertainment in the last few years of his career.

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4 Responses to “Fifty50: A bowler’s nightmare”

  1. Zainub Says:

    I don’t think it would matter what kind of cricket it is, five over, twenty over or test match cricket, in India it will always do well with the crowds … people are just fanatical about the game there – anything involving bat, ball, stumps and a high profile player will sell, and sell big.

  2. Zainub Says:

    ps: cograts on your brand new blog Pratick, I’ve saved the link to my favorites folder, along with all the other blogs. Good effort!

  3. Pratik Says:

    Thanks, Zainub. I had been posting my thoughts on other cricket blogs (not always in appropriate discussion threads) just to get things off my chest. So I thought why not start my own? Plus, in the time that I spend conversing with one person about my thoughts on cricket, I can now reach many more.

  4. Amar Says:

    Yo Pratik! Good points about Sachin. He did play some brilliant shots but his inning was far from chanceless. Then again, sometimes its better to be lucky than good. And on this day he was both.
    I do think, however, that this sorta inning from Sachin – coming down the track, playing attacking shots – is going to be an exception rather than a rule. He himself has said that his role on the team has changed and that he is more of an accumulator now. I don’t know if I entirely agree with that tactic but one this is for sure. Having Sachin back in the team sure beats the hell out of the alternative.
    I’d like to say a couple of things about VVS Laxman and Ganguly. About VVS, well, good riddance (well, at least from the ODI’s). He can be a scoring machine on his day but he doesn’t know the first thing about rotating strike. Making 70-odd runs in 100 balls was considered a good thing 15 yrs ago but not in this day and age.
    And as far as Ganguly goes, I know we both have had a fair amount of debates about him, but I still think he is a valuable asset on the team. I do think, however, that his time as the Indian captain has run out and the board should give the captaincy to Dravid on a full time basis. Ganguly can be a good middle order player especially against a spin heavy team like SL. If used correctly, he can still give the team a couple more good yrs. He is NOT a one-down batsman ‘cos of his obvious lack of confidence against fast bowling. It is well known about his lack of fitness and dreadful running b/w the wkts. But, Greg Chappel is exactly the kinda coach that may be able to check his ego and make him work on his weaknesses. What’s your take on it?

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