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Everything posted by sandeep

  1. I think creating a mechanism to provide higher compensation to test players is good. Especially for test bowlers. Else why should bowlers work on their test bowling skills, where they have to bowl 5 times more overs, for 1/10th the pay they could get by playing in T20s? But the way this is proposed - robbing the young ones and phoren players, is wrong. Is the BCCI so short on cash that they can't take a few crores from its billions in earnings for this fund?
  2. You should have put up Jadeja or Wriddhiman Saha's stats in the last 2 years or so.
  3. Although by that logic, Sir Sri Moeen Ali is the greatest of spinners around, since he took so many wickets against us in England.
  4. The usual. Chest-thumping about some sort of parity in comparing the 2 teams, living in a delusional dream world about the "pace bowling factory". Head-to-head score etc etc.
  5. Talent watch

    Maybe not. But I'm saying that excess bulk is not advisable for pace bowlers, and only increases the likelihood of soft tissue non-impact injuries.
  6. Is that even in question. If the likes of Parthiv Patel or Robin Uthappa could have played for the greenbros, they would be country-level ATGs for them. Apart from Haris Sohail, none of the pakistan top order would make an India A team. Not even their flavor of the month - Babar Azam. That's not "banter", just harsh bitter fact. Azhar Ali has decent numbers, but he's gotten to play so long because of the TINA (there is no alternative) factor, he would never get so many chances competing with Indian batsmen.
  7. IIRC it was actually Kumble's idea, and Virat only endorsed it. But lets erase Anil Kumble's tenure from memory, even remove him from official photographs, soviet style. And the propaganda to glorify the current captain, Mr. Wrogn, can continue. Rukawat ke liye khed hai!
  8. Let's give our guys credit for handling the likes of Herath with a minimum of fuss.
  9. Man, for all the bravado that greenbro fans display on the interwebs, their batsmen sure bat like real poossies.
  10. You say that now. Nobody thought of Pathan as a "trundler" after his first tour to Pakistan. And for the first couple of years of his international career. Pak is not strong in batting, and can be kept quiet by bowling pacy short ones, which Pandya is good at. If he bowls the same stuff to a Warner, Finch or AB/Faf, he may well get tonked. He did go for a few runs against England at Eden IIRC. Pandya is a batsman who can bowl, he's going to have his share of trundlery thumpings. I hope he doesn't, but lets see. First 3-4 years of Pathan's career was quite decent.
  11. Talent watch

    He did bulk up quite a bit in the last few years, especially relative to his build when he first burst onto the scene. When you put on that much mass on a frame not pre-disposed to it, coupled with a fast bowler's workload - its a bit expected. That's why pace bowlers should try and avoid putting on bulk. Don't follow Akhtar's path. Look at the great windies bowlers of the past, or Brett Lee. or Mitch Johnson. Lean, wiry, hard dudes. Not inflated bulky buffaloes.
  12. Its easy to trash Irfan after the fact. Pandya will also have his days where he gets spanked. He went for 10 RPO in yesterday's T20 IIRC. We shouldn't be too judgy on bowlers for conceding runs in LOI cricket - the game is structured in favor of batsmen, and bowlers are liable to have their share of bad days. Thought just occured to me - for all the stereotyping of the vegetarian, dhoka faafda eating Gujjus - Gujarat has given us 2 of India's best pace bowling "allrounder" candidates. Gujju boys!!
  13. Kuldeep Yadav vs Ashwin Ravichandran in ODIs

    That is an excellent observation. This is the reason behind that celebrated stat that Ashwin doesn't usually strike right away, but starts taking wickets around his 14th over or so. For such a "smart" bowler, he really should figure out a way to find and maintain his rhythm quicker and more often.
  14. Bhuvi as 3rd seamer in SA Tests

    Pretty much, the story of most of our overseas tours with our bowling. Chalk it up to lack of fitness, lack of ability, and when we did have good young pacers in decent form, we had the perennial 3rd pacer problem. Even if you go as far back as that disastrous 99 tour to Australia, where we lost badly under Tendy's captaincy. Even then, IIRC we started the 1st test by taking 4 Aussie wickets for 50-odd. But then, we couldn't "sustain the pressure", and Australia was able to escape to 450. And the rest is history. Dravid had a stinker of a tour. And VVS was playing as an opener, and laid rotten eggs all over the place until the last series where he just let himself go and spanked that 160-odd. But it all started with our bowlers inability to put up a complete performance, for even one innings, let alone a match or series. I'm really hoping that "this time, its going to be different". For that, we need Shami to stay fit and in rhythm. Yadav to not revert to "spraygun" inconsistencies, and Bhuvi to keep up his pace, stamina and bowling quality. All of these are well within the realm of possibility, given the track record of the 3 pacers in the last 12-15 months.
  15. New Zealand A tour of India One-day series

    But if you are going to select him for SA tour, then you want to give him maximum practice at top level cricket, no? Agree that 'future' prospects should be given priority in 'A' team selection, but you have to make sure that you don't end up de-motivating "current" prospects, who you may need to call up for short-term duty. Its not an easy balance to strike, and we shouldn't criticize it as if it was a total black-and-white 'mistake'.
  16. New Zealand A tour of India One-day series

    So much hate on Pappu. He's done nothing but score runs and lead Gujarat to a title. Came in and did an excellent job with the bat against England as well. 'Keeping is still crap though. I don't think there's anything wrong with selecting Parthiv as the 2nd wicketkeeper for the SA tour. He's still got a year or 2 left where he can be a stop-gap contributor to the national team. And its not like the young ones are covering themselves in glory either.
  17. Ranji Trophy 2017/18

    Yes, it has. Silly experiment. I don't much like the idea of letting the visiting team "win" the toss by default either.
  18. Rabada vs Amir

    what about him? IIRC Shami averages 8 runs fewer per test wicket than him in the last 2 years or something like that. That says it all. As the great Bill Parcells said - "You are, what your record says you are". Shami averages 24 per wicket, SR of 51. Amir averages 37, SR of 80. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/481896.html?class=1;spanmax1=09+Oct+2017;spanmin1=09+Oct+2015;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling;view=series http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/290948.html?class=1;spanmax1=09+Oct+2017;spanmin1=09+Oct+2015;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling;view=series
  19. Bhuvi as 3rd seamer in SA Tests

    Of course. And in spite of the improvements, we could still struggle. But cricket's a funny game, bowlers can put better statistics than their bowling, if the batting has fired and provided scoreboard pressure, and vice versa. Anything can happen. But as I said earlier, given what we know at this point, I have extremely high hopes. I'm willing to say that we start the SA series as slight favorites. I don't care about the historical record. SA's batting is not as battle hardened and classy as ours. Their bowlers are good, but they don't have experience and quality on their bench. Morkel, their lead bowler, is already out with an injury. Philander neveer seems to get through more than a test or 2 without pulling up injured. There's no Kallis in this team to provide that extra balance, although QdK is a definite plus for them. AB will have a lot to prove, but his dodgy back is another season older, and the mileage is beginning to show up. Neither is their batting as deep as ours. All we need is players to be fit, and not in slumps - if that happens, I expect us to win this series.
  20. Syed Mushtaq Ali is a T20 tournament, played by the Ranji teams. Point is, criteria for selection is based on performances by the domestic First class teams. I'm not belittling the importance of IPL performances btw...
  21. Krunal has yet to demonstrate fitness or batting proficiency, outside of the IPL. Hardik got selected based on his domination of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. Like it or hate it, Indian selectors have made it very clear that the pathyway to national team selection is through First Class Cricket. I can't think of anybody who's been selected only on the basis of IPL performances. Even Bumrah had a couple of good domestic seasons under his belt by the time he made it to the Indian team.
  22. Bhuvi as 3rd seamer in SA Tests

    There is a massive difference between Umesh and Shami back then, vs today. Have you been watching them bowl in test cricket over the last 12 months or so? Did you watch them back then? Umesh was still in his spraygun phase back then. Most importantly, we had the perennial 3rd pacer problem. Heck, at Adelaide, Shami wasn't even in the team - it was Ishant, Aron and spraygun Umesh. Ishant gets a lot of hate towards him, but he is never been a guy who can carry a bowling attack. He's good, even very good - when he's the 3rd seamer. And Shami on his first tour to Oz was quite inexperienced, and may have been carrying the beginnings of an injury that ended up requiring surgery.
  23. Bhuvi as 3rd seamer in SA Tests

    This is pretty much the only pitch-fixing that opponents can really do against India at this point, and even that is no slam dunk anymore. On the previous round of away tours, our bowling ranks were nowhere near as good, and more importantly deep. Right now, SA knows that if they resort to a green-top, India has the skill and depth in its bowling unit, to come close to their own bowlers' efforts. And that would reduce the game to an outright shootout between the batting units. I like our chances in that scenario. The bouncy road approach is the only one where they could hope to arbitrage an advantage in terms of bowling effectiveness. And if we have a healthy pool of Shami, Umesh, Bhuvi, Ishant; and Pandya, Ash/Jaddu/Kuldeep to complement them - its not much of an advantage. I'm very curious to see what SA do in terms of pitches. Historically, they have given us slow, low, almost subcontinental tracks for the warm-up game, and followed it up with an out and out seamer's paradise first up. But that 2 card trick has started backfiring against India with the likes of Sreesanth bowling for us. And will be of even more dubious utility this time around.
  24. Kuldeep Yadav vs Ashwin Ravichandran in ODIs

    I looked through this entire thread that talks about Ashwin's ODI performances circa 2010, 2012, and more recently. And not a single poster pointed out the fact that ODI rules have changed in the 2 time-frames. Right now, with only 4 outfielders in overs 10-40, you can attack finger spinners with less risk, than you could, back then. This is the biggest reason why all finger spinners, not just Ash and Jaddu, have become less effective in the last few years. All I see is arm-chair analysts pontificating and spreading all kinds of raita about Ash's loop, variations, technical glitches, accuracy, you name it. Take away the field restrictions, and the likes of Adil Rashid will no longer be more wicket-taking than Ashwin, who is 10 times the bowler Rashid is, even in his fantasies.

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