Revelation beyond expectation | Indian cricket team has work to do

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In some sense I am happy that I did this and sad that no one in BCCI or Indian camp is talking about it. Unless we know where we are we cant look to get better. We need to know our missing points. I rather be a critic to point out the things that didnt go well for my team than be a fan who sits back and enjoy what could be a short-lived victory. I am forced to make to make a comparison with good intentions towards my team. I know, some people will still think me being naive to think all of this and not just be happy, but I want someone to listen and maybe they do.

It started a few days back when my cousin started to propagate Dhoni’s leadership skills over the team members in CSK in IPL. I had liked Dhoni always, but the fan base that called out Dhoni’s captaincy so good that it started to show off other players in the team worthless – was something that ticked me off. In one of the discussion my cousin actually mentioned that players like Bollinger and Raina and Morkel are performing because Dhoni was motivating them.

I took it personally because it meant that the WC victory was only Dhoni’s doing and so was every feat India has achieved in Cricket in last few years and it was hurting. I know she meant no harm and she loves Indian cricket as much as any other Indian, but it was the ticking point for me.

All of this went into hyper drive when I had another discussion with Vineet Malani on Facebook where he was chanting about Dhoni’s captaincy and ignoring facts of what has happened around India and world of cricket. His point was simple – all that India has achieved is because of Dhoni’s captaincy and I wanted to tell them No – any captain in this scenario would have does what Dhoni has done.

I do agree to the fact that Dhoni is a good captain and maybe the best of what India has had, however he is not Great. However, in my zeal to find facts I ended up dissecting India’s path to being no#1 in test cricket and it was a revelation. In my post Deep dive | India route to Test#1; I ended up finding that we are where we are because of the fact that Australia failed to achieve the top standards they have been in the past. India’s efforts have only been marginally better than those of Australia between a period of 2008-2010. And, it was so hurting for me to realize that we are just as good as their worst. I do hope that going forward we can do so much more better than we have in the past and take it to the top level cricket. Australia between 2005 and 2008 have had 70% winning percentage and only 15% each of lost and draw. We managed to equal their worst performance to be #1.

India team – please do so very well in future; my best wishes are with you. Dhoni you are lucky for India and I wish you can take us to peaks where we are untouchables just like Australia were a few years back. I wish that day comes and I will write about you and how you took us to be on the top of the world so convincingly; where we will set benchmarks.

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IPL4 – Sprint to top spots

This years IPL has introduced playoffs and it has provided a whole new meaning to qualifiers. Teams just dont want to qualify, they want to qualify in positions #1 and #2. Because then they have a higher chance of moving to finals.

With the current table; there are 5 teams who are favorites for qualifying to top 4: MI, RCB, KKR, CSK and RR and maybe Punjab. Pune, Kochi and Delhi have outer chances. As I write this, Punjab is playing Mumbai and if they win all matches from here on, they will end up on 16 giving them a chance of qualification.

The next few matches will be very interesting because they are going to be amongst teams who are playing for top spot. Here are the scenarios:

– Mumbai: 4 matches to play already on 16 points. Need 2 wins to reach 20; and that will give them a #1 or #2 spot.

– Bangalore: 4 to play and can reach a maximum of 21. 2 of those 4 matches are against CSK and KKR who are competing for top spot and remaining 2 are against RR and KXIP who are fighting for qualification. These need at least 3 wins to qualify for top spot.

– KKR: 3 matches to play. 2 of them are against MI and RCB and last one against Pune. Need 3 wins

– CSK: 3 matches to play. 1 against RCB and remainder of those are against KTK and Delhi. They also need 3 in 3 to reach top spot.

Now time for permutations:

– RCB wins 3 and looses only to CSK. RCB is on 19

– CSK wins 3 and end on 20

– KKR looses to RCB (as they have won remainder of 3) but wins rest 2. KKR finishes on 18

– MI wins 2 and end on 20

So, a lot depends on KKR or CSK winning of loosing their matches against RCB. if ECB can beat both of them, it will restrict them to maximum of 18 points and and ensuring they are at least on 17. They still have a match in hand (10 vs. 11) and if they can beat RR or KXIP in their last of matches they will ensure themselves a top spot.

Phew!! I hope you can understand all of this