I am sick and tired of hearing about Rohit Sharma, Robin uttappa, Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Badrinath, etc. They are basically useless cricketers outside the sub-continent.
By the way, why is Rohit Sharma always unhappy with the umpire's decision. I know he had a tough call on the first ODI, but in the second ODI, he was plumb in front and still he was shaking his head.
Rohit Sharma failed miserably in South Africa during T20 ? And so did Raina, Uttappa and a whole bunch of others. And the same bunch who became multi-millionaires tonking the ball outta the park on flat sub-continent pitches, cannot even bat like this no-name-unknown guy Colin Ingrem. Disgusting.
Raina is always expecting a short ball, and therefore he got completely fooled by a fullish length delivery from Tsotsobe.
I like Murali Vijay a lot especially for practicing those airy-fairy shots right after he gets out. He is a consistent performer of those airy-fairy practice shots even if he is an utterly useless player on the cricketing field.
I like Rohit Sharma a lot especially for always disagreeing with the umpire. In the first ODI, he did get a raw deal. So yes, it was ok to be disappointed....but certainly not the way he was standing at the crease and all. In the second ODI, Rohit was plumb in front, yet he was completely disappointed once again with the decision ! Rohit is a consistent performer of displaying disappointment, even if he is an utterly useless player on the cricketing field.
The true success of Indian team belongs to the Test players. Look at Dravid or Laxman. They always felt comfortable even in the toughest of conditions. Yes, Dravid didn;t score many runs. But surely no one will accuse Dravid of being incompetent in South African pitches.
Ok, here's my India Team XI
1. Sachin Tendulkar
2. Virender Sehwag
3. Gautham Gambhir
4. Yuvraj Singh
5. Suresh Raina
6. M.S Dhoni
7. Yusuf Pathan
8. Harbhajan Singh
9. Zaheer Khan
10. Praveen Kumar
11. Munaf Patel
12. Virat Kozhi
13. Ashish Nehra
15. Parthiv Patel
No Dinesh Karthik please. No Murali Vijay please. And certainly no Bad-ree-natham. His hardest hits don't fetch even a single run !
A SECOND WICKET KEEPER IS A MUST AS A BACK UP FOR MS DHONI. IF HE GETS INJURED THEN OUR TEAM IS SCREWED WITHOUT ANY BACK UP WICKET KEEPER. Parthiv Patel can also be used as an opening bat/middle order bat in case of many batsman getting injured.
They count Laxman out stating he is a pathetic fielder, poor running between the wickets. Those are his two strikes. Then why is Munaf on the field, he is an even more pathetic fielder than Laxman is. At least Laxman can bring off those fan-tastic, awesome, stunning catches that Munaf can only dream of.
If you had noticed the running between the wickets, it was pathetic for the whole team. Even when the ball reached very near the boundary, the batsman took ONLY TWO runs. When I was watching on TV, I felt like, COME ON YOU DUMBOs, RUN a THREE. In the entire Indian innings, there wasn't a SINGLE THREE !!!
And what is even more annoying about the running between wickets is, the batsman assume they have hit a boundary and take only a single or at the most a two. Why assume it will be a FOUR, instead of running hard for a THREE ???
Considering the narrow victory India managed, a two and a three makes a huge difference.
In my opinion, YES, a Laxman might have anchored India's inning had he batted at No 3 or 4, and scored maybe a 70 of 85 balls. India might have ended with a score of 250 runs in the 50 overs.
· 8 years ago