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Everything posted by rtmohanlal

  1. Yeah .......just like you treated SL cricket team in 2009. Especially the treatment given to Samaraweera was royal. And the trials for that incident was conducted years back in 1989 when a maniac spectator entered the pitch and tried to attack then Indian captain Srikanth.Some fellow Indian players had to resort to physically handle that man to ensure Srikanth's safety. Also hope you would be well aware of an incident of an one day match with India completely abandoned due to crowd trouble in 1989 in your country, because of Pakistan tottering at 25/3 or so .
  2. Have been of this opinion for a while.Today's 201 while his team was struggling at 59/3 or something like that , that too with proven top order players Pujara & Uthappa dismissed cheaply says a lot about his test match temperament. He avg:s a very good 45.12 in 82 first class matches & 121 inns as of now.if we remove test match stats from these, it comes down to 3647 runs in 50 first class matches & 73 inns with 5 not outs.That means an avg: of 53.63 & runs/inns of 49.96 .This include 4 double 100s of which 3 are tripples & a total of 8 100s. Another important fact is that, of his 15 not out scores 10 are in test cricket & 5 only in other first class matches .Yet avg:ing a mammoth 53.63 shows his very good big inns temperament which has until now been not properly utilized in test cricket.And he is not yet into his peak years. More over he is a left hander too. On the other hand Ashwin, whose first class avg: is more or less the same as his test avg: is being played at the 6th slot.Ashwin avg:s 35.2 in first class matches other than tests with only 2 100s while Jadeja avg:s 53.63 in first class matches other than tests with 8 100s. Sample size for Ashwin is 53 inns & 13 not outs where as it is 73 inns & only 5 not outs for Jadeja.And runs/inns of Ashwin is 26.57 while that of Jadeja is 49.96 !!!!!!!!!! So basically the first class record (other than tests) of Jadeja is far better compared to that of Ashwin.Yet he plays below Ashwin in tests despite being a left hander too.
  3. With Indias' most important assignments coming up(abroad tests) , one of the most important elements (which deceides the flow of all inns & there by the series itself) in the form of one of the opening slots poses a lot of questions, precisely Murali Vijay.He is already past 33.5 years old.In the last 2 years he avg:ed just over 35 in 22 inns or so.And he is not in the best of forms in the on going Ranji trophy either.His only positives w.r.t toughest assignments are his past records in ENG & AUS.More over he is a right hander too that lessens variety if Rahul is the other opener. These being the facts, is he worth a place in the side for SAF tour? Are their other worthy alternatives??Discuss.
  4. Ravindra Jadeja deserves a Top 6 slot

    3647 runs in 50 first class matches & 73 inns with 5 not outs in 'non test' first class matches.That means an avg: of 53.63 & runs/inns of 49.96 .This include 4 double 100s of which 3 are tripples & a total of 8 100s. The above is the basic data that convince me about the match temperament of Jadeja.It is not a bit inflated by high percentage of not outs.On a par with any top order batsman in our first class cricket.When several top order batsmen like Dhawan,Rohit,Pujara,Karun Nair,Mukund etc etc are given chances after chances despite proving mediocre in various countries Jadeja at the least deserves a chance to prove his worth.To think that Pujara despite having been mediocre as of now in 3 alien countries AUS,NZL & ENG and yet having played 50+ tests in top order and yet Jadeja didn't get enough chances is a bit strange.
  5. Ravindra Jadeja deserves a Top 6 slot

    In the same match, 'the second coming of Dravid' Pujara(also the cornerstone around which India's home victories are built) & another ex international player Uthappa were dismissed cheaply for the team to struggle at 59/3 or so.Taking all these into accounts I don't think Jadeja's effort was mediocre.
  6. Ravindra Jadeja deserves a Top 6 slot

    Not sure about 3 because it demands skill to tackle new ball irrespective of conditions. But a batsman avg:ing 53.63 surely deserves atleast 6th spot & atleast in home conditions.
  7. Combined Indo Pak All Time ODI Team

    Zaheer was the only player from those difficult 80s whose one day record stood in comparison with Viv.And he played test matches too unlike Yuvraj.
  8. Combined Indo Pak All Time ODI Team

    Sachin Saurav Virat Miandad Zaheer Abbas Dhoni Kapil Afridi // bottle top Khan discarded.Afridi was a great one day leg spin all rounder Akram //both Akram & Waqar despite aided by some levels of tampering are still good enough than any other choices. Waqar Saqlain reserves : Sehwag,Yuvraj,Imran,Dravid
  9. Is Murali Vijay's form a matter of concern?

    There is no denying the fact that MV has been the best opener in the 3 most toughest places for India namely AUS,SAF & ENG combined.An avg: of 44+ in 24 inns in these 3 places is a seriously good track record.To add to it he avg:ed 37 in his last tour of SAF(2 tests only though) where he is at his worst with an avg: of 29.33. Means, his skills to do the job at hand is never in doubt. But the problem is his fitness & form.
  10. Is Murali Vijay's form a matter of concern?

    Having said all these things, MV avg:s a very good 44.17 from 24 inns in AUS,ENG & SAF combined.Of these , it is only in SAF that he is not that good with a 29.33 avg: .In NZL where MV is really bad with a 12 avg:( only 4 inns though) , Dhawan who avg:s 52+ will be the better choice.That means even Pujara having been very good in SAF along with Kohli & Rahane , if Rahul becomes a success in SAF, then MV can feed off from these four batsmen to be good/very good in SAF so that the top 5 performs well as a unit in SAF. But for that, the main criteria is to Rahul become a success there. Also Vijay himself need to be in his best form .
  11. Can we beat SA in SA in the upcoming test series?

    depends... if all things fall in its place.Got to be lucky with the toss(Keep in mind that batting first on 2 toss winning occasions , then posting descent totals of around 350 on both occasions , then winning by a few paltry runs due to 4rth inns score board pressure can do the trick despite SAF winning the other test by even an inns) . Then choice of the bowling need to be the most perfect. Jadeja & Kuldeep are key to success, I think, because SAF is traditionally weaker against both type of bowling.
  12. Dhoni: Greatest Indian Cricketer?

    Not the greatest.... but definitely one of the greatest. An ATG one day batsman especially a brilliant chaser & finisher, a good test batsman, a great wicket keeper, a great captain - All combined he is definitely one.But he is behind Sachin Kapil Dravid Sunil in that order...
  13. Lanka deserves a lot of credit.....especially beating Pakistan in UAE is not an easy job.Seems like Lanka played with a nothing to loose mentality after that series loss with India. Herath.... old wine ....a champion bowler....
  14. Rangana Herath joins 400 wickets club

    Herath is a border line ATG spinner.
  15. Occasionally you get to learn from just recent events. PAK got it in the form of SL batting in the 3rd inns where all the batsmen went into a shell in a crumbling pitch and paid the price.Yet PAK did not learn from it and hence this result.
  16. Cheteswar Pujara's overseas form

    the main point is not Pujara's performance. It is as to what the cricket management is doing to counter the below par performance of such main players.For instance promising players like Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair etc etc would have been tested in non consequential matches when ever there have been oppertunities .For instance both Iyer and Nair could have been tested once the series were already deceided in NZL, ENG home tests & WI ,SL abroad tests. But unfortunately that has not been happening.
  17. Rahane at least is a world class test player. But Umesh??? I think this is a major handicap with Indian system.Allowing mediocre players to go on playing with out testing talented youngsters.How come Ishant Sharma, Umesh, Pujara play so many matches till now?? So strange.To have tested new talented youngsters mid way would have been the correct thing to do.Any way mediocrity is being allowed to continue for such lengthy periods.Then what big matter if it is the case with new comers??. At the least such huge monetary benefits would have got shared with quite a few players than going as a whole into the hands of these undeserving players.After all at least testing new comers at the place of proven mediocre players is the proper method to follow.
  18. Cheteswar Pujara's overseas form

    Should be dumped for the benefit of the team for ever.Baring SAF he has been a failure in AUS,ENG & NZL.This after playing 50+ tests.If his home record is the justification for his inclusion, then another player with slightly lesser home record but with far better away record is the better option because the allrounders in the team would cover for his extra performance in home conditions.As if there are no replacements in domestic.!!!!!!!! Even in 2nd division he is poor...that says a lot.
  19. Indians in County Championship 2017

    A bat avg: of 42.8 and bowl avg: of around 29.88 as of now.That is top class all round performance despite this being in division 2 category because of these being total alien conditions to Ashwin, both in batting and bowling .On the other hand the so called 2nd coming of Dravid , Pujara is struggling big time there.The 'AWAY' track record of current Indian top order test batsmen is the worst in England in general.Only Murali Vijay & Rahane have performed at least in 'average' levels there.That being the case, I feel it would be better to play all the prominent all rounders in Ashwin,Jadeja,Pandya,Kuldeep & Bhuvi along with Saha & 4 top order batsmen & a specialist pace bowler( preferably Shami) in ENG, though this seems strange in hindsight.Any way this Pujara despite having played there before is still keeping on failing even at county level and hence his contribution would most probably be got from an additional all rounder.Also Ashwin,Jadeja & Bhuvi have track records of several descent inns in ENG.That being the case this adds great to bowling variety which in turn might turn in lot more effective usage of 'horses for courses' theory.
  20. Can't really understand why this guy Umesh is still in the one day team??.He has played 71 one dayers of mediocrity.An econ: of 5.94 is worst even by Indian pace bowling standards.In one dayers despite econ: being more important, he is mediocre in over all bowl avg: too.Today also all his wkts came when the Aussies started to hit out after 37 overs or so.As usual he conceeded his expensive quota of runs .Would have been lot better if India left out him for ever from one dayers.With the series deceided, a new player could have been tested.
  21. some knee jerk reactions working at best...what next ? if Bhuvi fails in next 2 ODI inns he should be suddenly dropped and some new face should be selected.Isn't it? The team management knows the simple fact that each & every single match the team plays cannot be won.The likes of Jadeja are proven players who avg: over 30 with the bat in one dayers.I suppose that the team follows horses for courses theory and the likes of Jadeja are a part of that plan in the long run.
  22. What would be your All time Asia ODI XI

    My eleven Sanath Sachin Virat Mianadad Yuvraj Imran Dhoni(c) Kapil Wasim Waqar Saqlain
  23. some what similar to Kumble. A swing version of Kumble.Yeah 500 wkts is a bloody good achievement.But he had all the support in the world with Stuart Broad & a few others in the team .Also a great disparity between home & away performances just as was the case with Kumble.So at the least a very good bowler. Not definitely in the top 10.... perhaps may be in top 20.
  24. White Wash ....!

    and to add to all that, this SL team whitewashed the Aussies only 1 year back in SL makes this complete dominance a lot more serious than what it is generally being perceived.

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