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India should play more Southpaws

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by hern42

Article by G Kumar

Shastri, an expert commentator on a popular TV Channel, was on TV yesterdaysaying that Ashwin, Sree and Raina should play at Chennai instead of Nehra,Munaf and Kohli.

Raina is an all rounder. Also Ashwin. Sree is anyday better than Nehra. BothNehra and Munaf are liabilities in the field. Instead of giving one run,Munaf gives two runs as a fielder. Batting will be strengthened by Raina andAshwin. Give Pathan another chance.

There are outrageous conspiracy theories that the WC schedule has been madeto suit India and Pak. In the last WC, India and Pak both made ingloriousexits and the WC 07 was a financial disaster. Yesterday, reports from themighty Eden Gardens suggestthat only 2500 tickets were sold, out of 1 lktickets. The reasons are clear. Yesterday the match was between SA and IREand Indians were not interested in watching the game.

When India play, the stadiums are full. More than 70% TV viewers are Indians! Hence India is the Redeemer of cricket and the Organisers cannot be blamed!

Now India after playing in Chennai will be moving over to Ahmedabad, Mohaliand Bombay ( unless the Indian Dream Express derails somewhere ) ! The Lawstates that if the co hosts figure in QF or SF, then the first seeded teamshould be the host ! India is the first seeded and then only SL and BD come!

Shaz went on to add that it is good that India had committed mistakes in theleague matches. It is good that India had not peaked early. This team isenough, said the formidable allrounder, to get WC2011 ! Raina and Sree willbring inspiration to the team with their aggressive attitude. Ashwin hadscored 2 centuries and seven fifties in first class cricket. WI has goodleft handers in Gayle and Darren Bravo ( who is extolled as another Lara ).So India going with off spinners will definitely bring home the bacon.

If you analyse the previous WC winners, they all had southpaws in theirbatting. So Raina coming in will bolster the batting, as he has scoredcenturies in all the three formats of the game. Shaz said he will playPathan for Kohli, even though it is a calculated risk ( Pathan is a pinchhitter. He can either score a century or go for a duck )!

There are ‘other’ condsiderations. Raina and Ashwin play for Chennai SuperKings in IPL and Chennai, the venue for the Sunday, WI-Ind match is theirhome ground. Sreeshanth is a Keralite and all Keralites are known asMadrassis in the North. So they will have the home advantage !

SA against the WI opened with Botha and Botha got the prize wicket of Gaylein the first over, caught in the slips. SA against opened with Petersonagainst England. The move was sucessful as Peterson took both Strauss andPietersen. Poets and other literary blokes had a good laugh when Peietersenwas out to Peterson !

Should Dhoni open with a spinner aginst the mighty WI ? We have offspinnersin Ashwin, Bajji and Pathan. Raina can also spin !

Indian fielding will improve with the ‘slow in the field’ Munaf and Nehraout.

Meanwhile, Sidhu said that now Dhoni is being adamant and this is not a goodattitude. One fan from South India opined that the three South Indianplayers – Ashwin, Sree and Raina – will change India’s fortunes !

Meanwhile, Mark Waugh has opined that Australian batting is now ready forWC. Australin bowling is formidable and the only question mark was thebatting ( after the loss of Gilchrist and Hayden).

In the last match, the pace attack cannot be criticised. They did not getenough from the spinners.

Mahela has opined that Suspense is moving to the Zenith in the comingmatches in Gp B. If Eng win and Ind lose, then they both will be tied at 7points and then the Net Run Rate will come into play. Eng is struggling forsurvival. But then their chances are not yet nil. Only if they win againstWI, can they hope to enter QF.

Similarly placed are India and WI. The Saturday match between SA and BD andthe Sunday match between Ind and WI will be very crucial.

Sl is only aiming for the second place, having lost to Pak. We hope todefeat NZ. If the Kangaroos defeat Pak, there is chance of an Indo Pak matchat QF. This will be the most closely fought match in the entire tournament.

From the Indian perspective, India should follow good strategies to getGayle and Pollard out. Gayle showed weakness against Botha, the offie whoopened the bowling. Same way Darren Bravo, the potential Lara, can betrapped. Pollard should be tied down by accurate wicket to wicket bowlingand then he will try to hit out or get out and he may give you his wicket ona platter.

From the WI perspective, Kemar Roach should strike first, as Indian batsmenare a bit vulnerable against the short pitched 145 km stuff. Gayle andPollard should lead in batting.

In the match Ind – SA, Rohini, a favourable star for India, was ruling inthe afternoon and India did well, being 267/1. Then suddenly India’s DeathStar or vadha nakshatra,Mrigasira or Makeeryam took over. The Death Star isthe worst star for a nation or individual. India floundered in thePowerplay, players were confused and they panicked. Vital catches weredropped and the last over proved to be Nemesis ! So it was all Fate andhuman helplessness and let us pardon the Indian performance !

One South Indian fan jocularly remarked that it was North India which lostthe match to SA, not South India. Include these three S Indians and see theresult !

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