Cricket WC2011 – Dhoni’s Googly on Indian Spinners

Today finally Dhoni decided to reveal to the world what is happening in the India camp and giving rest to any speculations. Read the complete article here.

A few highlights and my take on those:

“We are still supposed to give Ashwin a chance, he deserves a place, so he will feature in one of the teams [that will play in the group stages].”

So we know now that Ashwin will get a chance and he is considered deserving. But, the question is is it being too late already? and will he be giving couple of chances just like Chawla has been given

“basically you have to see which was the player that needed this game most, rather than the team needing the player. I felt it was Piyush, who needed this game much more than Ashwin. You want your bowlers to be in a very good mental state in the second half of the tournament, where you play against the best teams and you will be participating in the knock-out stages – that was one of the main reasons why we picked Piyush ahead of Ashwin.”

Now this is a Googly I am talking about and everyone is thinking. Now this is where I see a leader is speaking up. Kudos to Dhoni, but the problem I see here is that he has already taken a huge risk by not giving Ashwin a chance to get valuable match practice. If I look at where India is in Group B, India is most certain to Qualify for Quarter Finals so Dhoni still has two games to try it with Chawla and Ashwin and he can see what works best for the team. The question is should he be experimenting in a tournament such as World Cup? What is all this experiemtn leads to team loosing the momentum or is Dhoni sure that we can get ourselves in the groove for last 3 vital games in knockout stages even with all this shuffling and experimentation?

He is the captain – Lets hope he knows what he is doing there.

 

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Cricket WC2011 – What is Dhoni doing?

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Last 2 weeks, India got thrashed by England, and we were barely able to fetch a draw which was followed by a fight against Ireland. These two matches could have been easy for India, but they were not because of some decisions that M.S.Dhoni made with his captaincy; a few to name:

  • Continue to persist with Piyush Chawla
  • His assessment of Pitch in Bengaluru against Ireland
  • His defensive field placements against England and Ireland

But, we all understand there are times when they are going to get it wrong. But a third time – now that is a statement. Another match that should been a steeping stone for India to get some momentum behind them before big matches was against Netherlands and this time again Dhoni did many things that one can’t explain.

 

He played Piyush Chawla once again

Sourav Ganguly and some other commentators suggest it is good to see a captain behind young Piyush. But, are we here to groom people or win a World Cup. Piyush Chawla once again was the most expensive bowler in the squad. He was all over the place with his bowling. This also meant was that Ashwin still was on bench. If he gets a go in the match against South Africa, it will be after a break of over a month. That is something we do not want; we wanted some good match practice for him.

 

Tactics wanting to win the match in 20 overs

Sehwag, Tendulkar and Pathan were batting in a fashion as if India team has to be somewhere in a hurry. from 69/0 to 82/3 happened because they all played shots which were not required. A match that India could have won with 9 wickets and with 25 overs to spare went to 37th over with 5 wickets down and many Indians feeling we may loose. By promoting Pathan, it meant that Gambhir who has been a touch out of form did not get batting practice which was required. He came in when there with 2 wickets down and was under lot of pressure.

 

Raina still sits on bench

We have a genuine all rounder in Suresh Raina and this was the chance to see if he is in a good nick. Yuvraj is back in form but Pathan is scoring only 20s and 30s. Even if they are like a super sonic jet, they are not what we would need if we end up needing a consolidation in middle order. This match was a chance where we could have rested someone (Sehwag or Sachin a touch decision) and get a chance to Gambhir and Raina to get a knock in the middle.

 

I am not sure what India think tank is thinking, but it seems there are strategies that will lead us to winning the final. From here on, if India has to win they have to win at least 3 of their final 5 matches. The next matches will be against solid teams – South Africa and West Indies. And once we are in Quarter Finals, we need to be at the top of our game every single match day. One bad day in the office and they are fired and there goes the dream for so many of us.

 

The only silver lining is that no other team looks in solid form; Pakistan and South Africa lost matches in a dismissal fashion. Australia has not been tested and their test in pre-WC matches they crumbled under pressure too.

 

The team that can be focused from here will be the one to take it through, but for me there is no one ahead in this race.

 

The Night

The great thing about night is that everything around is dark. You can hardly see your hand let alone who is walking right next to you. Try this with a cloudy sky and you will know what I mean. It reminds us how lucky we are to have light.

One of these night, I managed to scare myself, and I had to use my instincts more than ever. If you know me and my driving, you may have figured out by now what I mean – when I say I use my instincts – Gunning down the NH8 at 180 KMPH in my Verna beats all kinds of thrills.

Will do it ever again – maybe not. It was just one of these days. I guess I did a little too much to scare myself.
P.S.: No telling my dad or preeti.

Quotes

Here are some quotes that I have cherished for very long; I am sharing these with you all hoping that you will enjoy reading them as much as I did:

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”


“Recognizing and admitting fear is the first step to overcoming and neutralizing it”

 

“People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.”

 

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

 

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week”

 

“Don’t waste time learning the “tricks of the trade. Instead, learn the trade.”

 

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”

 

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.”

 

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quite voice at the end saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”  ~ Mary Anne Radmacher


30 day Album

I am going to steal this concept from a friend – Alex (we met in Plymouth). I still have to find the time and ensure that I do not miss on this one.

Day 1: a photo of yourself
Day 2: a photo of yourself at least a year ago.
Day 3: a photo that makes you happy.
Day 4: a photo of a place you’d like to visit.
Day 5: a photo that makes you laugh.
Day 6: a photo of someone you love.
Day 7: a photo of something you stand for.
Day 8: a photo of something you enjoy doing.
Day 9: a photo of yourself when you were a baby.
Day 10: a photo you like for any reason.
Day 11: a photo of a night you loved.
Day 12: a photo of when you were happy.
Day 13: a photo of one of your favorite movies.
Day 14: a photo of your best friend (s).
Day 15: a photo of you and a family member.
Day 16: a photo from your childhood.
Day 17: a photo from a trip you’ll never forget.
Day 18: a photo of your town.
Day 19: a photo of your favorite thing from school.
Day 20: a photo of something you ate today.
Day 21: a photo of somebody you find attractive.
Day 22: a photo that you associate a good memory with.
Day 23: a photo of something you want to do someday.
Day 24: a photo of what you want to be when you grow up.
Day 25: a photo that inspires you.
Day 26: a photo of your favorite subject in school.
Day 27: a photo of something you are looking forward to.
Day 28: a photo of something/somebody that made your day.
Day 29: a photo of your favorite person from history.
Day 30: a photo you find beautiful.
Personal Twist
Day 31: a photo about a secret? – Maybe; maybe not

Road to World Cup 2011 – Edition 1 (1992)

This is not a road for a cricketer or a team, this is my road to the 6th Cricket World Cup that I am going to now follow in 2011. I remember that my love for cricket almost started with the World Cup of 1992 and has not stopped since then. Even though, I may have stopped following the game as actively as I could in the past, I still am a huge fan of the greatest event on the face of the earth (okay maybe 2nd FIFA being the first).

1992

Not a very good year for the Team India. This one was played in Australia and New Zealand and I  dont remember a lot of what happened in that world cup. I remember clearly the semi and final matches. I had a bet running with my dad and brother on who would win. Pakistan had beaten NZ in the first semi and were waiting on the second finalist. the second finalist would have been between England and South Africa. It was the first WC for SA and they had made a big impact. The deal i Had with my brother was that if England wins, then Pakistan will win the cup but is SA qualifies then SA will win the cup. English beat the SA in a very crucial and heart-breaking finish. The DL method left SA needing 22 runs in 1 ball and they lost the semis and Pakistan completed their victory.

I dont remember much of India in the WC and one reason for that is that India performed very bad in the WC. The likes of Gavaskar, Shastri and a few more did not much and I think India finished 7th in the WC. There were 9 participating teams in the competition and it was sad to see India perform so bad. They just won 2 matches and I loved when they beat Pakistan. A few things that happened new in this edition was the: Day and night matches, white balls and colored uniforms.

 

1996 was a much more to remember and I will cover that in my second edition.