Sunday, June 19, 2011

Preview: India Vs West Indies 1st Test Match

Ding dong... Purists. The real game starts tomorrow. One team is playing depleted side intentionally and other is forced to dues to idiotic board. Take Gayle out you get half of the WI team. I can already see them getting bogged down and crawling at 2 RPO. They would breath a sigh of relief with the inclusion of Chanderpaul who can alone frustrate Indian bowler all day long. Indian's on the other hand have bee boosted by Dravid and VVS who needs no introduction.
Probable Squad India:
Abhinav Mukund
Murali Vijay
Rahul Dravid
Virat Kohli
VVS Laxman
Suresh Raina
MS Dhoni
Harbhajan Singh
Praveen Kumar
Ishant Sharma
Amit Mishra

Abhinav Mukund and Virat Kohli both would play their debut test match. They are lucky to play against a poor WI. Two decades ago any youngster would shudder in his shoes if he's selected to debut against WI. Everyone knows Kohli but i dont think a lot of you are familiar with Mukund.
He's a left handed attacking opener. Quite young, just 21 years old. In 40
FC matches he's scored runs at an avg of 60 with 13 hundreds and a top score of 300*. So the talent is there. All he needs to do is apply it on International level.

Fake West Indies...

Sammy ambling to bowl 120 Km/h dollies and Ravi Rampaul sharing the new ball with Roach. Barath and Simmons gettting bogged down against a substandard Indian bowling attack on a lifeless pitch. Whats wrong with this picture. The West Indies i knew believed in dominating the opponent. Intimidating him. Out of the field they were nice guys but once on the field they were bullies. The bowlers never sledged because they dont have too. No batsman would dare to anger the likes of Marshel,Garner,Walsh,Ambrose, Bishop etc. Lara's magic was as much joy to behold as was Richard's nonchalant disdainful destruction of bowlers. Current WI team is a shame on the great teams of past. They don't have many talented player and the ones they have are being kept away form the game due to shoddy politics. Its a shame to see WICB going down the PCB road. Another nation with great cricketing culture is heading for disaster in terms of cricket. Other sports have surpassed cricket as popularity there. Its gonna take more than a ridiculous Chris Gayle afro to bring back the passion and love for cricket.

A cricket fanatic's apologies to MSD

More than 2 months have passed but the feeling of World Cup win is yet to sink in. I know its a bit late but its about time i have to admit i was wrong about MS. Although his glove-work was fantastic over the course of 2 months in the WC but he was horrendous with the bat. I was his harshest critic until that one eventful day when billions went bonkers delirious in joy. Somehow he managed to get his old self back for the most important match of his career and what followed was cannot be described in words. Even though he was attacking, we was keeping the balls along the ground. That was the trademark of his innings. Tackling Murali and playing him inside out time and again takes some guts. I felt sorry for SL, they finished runner up in 07 WC,09T20 WC and now this. It was a fairytale end for Sachin's WC career. I almost cried when i saw the little great man running around with joy and then being carried on shoulder's of Kohli and Pathan. Enough rant now, Thanks MS and we wont mind you repeating this effort again in 2015