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  1. zen

    WC2019 don't be surprised 11

    1987 WC, 40 years old spinner John Traicos led Zim .... many of our players are well below 40 (at least officially)
  2. zen

    KL Rahul's 50-overs conundrum

    Per my friend's grandma, playing Rahul would be pointless as path is being cleared for Yuvi to make a re-entry to the WC squad
  3. zen

    WC2019 don't be surprised 11

    Here is the WC2019 15 member squad, subject to decent performances in IPL: Batsmen: Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina/Jadhav, Rayudu, and Karthik (reserve WK as well). Karthik's wife was disappointed on the last tour of Eng as their trips to continental Europe were constantly interrupted by the pretense of practise sessions Spinners: Bhajji and Jadeja (both can bat to give you those 20s and skid the ball at the correct angle as required in Eng). And we have Yuvi and Raina/Jadhav, who can bowl spin too Pace Bowlers: Bumrah, Bhuvi (can get 10-15 runs as well), Kaul, Thakur and Chahar We can't go wrong with the raging bulls above who are going to hit the opponents like never seen before .... Those who want Rahul, Pant, Hardik, Krunal, Khaleel, Kuldeep, etc., in the squad, please check back after the WC2019
  4. zen

    WC2019 don't be surprised 11

    Rayudu will be in the squad if not in the 11 per the criteria implied in the OP. As he is a world class performer in big tourneys as shown by his performance for CSK in recent IPL. Can play both spin and pace well, and under pressure Guys like Rahul are hit or miss, but Rayudu struggles to hit so cannot miss, ensuring that he does not give his wkt cheaply. Bowlers have to beat him 10 times before picking up his wkt Also when in the squad, Rayudu prepares delicious Biryani which provides the right amount of nourishment to the players to recoup their energy levels .... In fact, per my friend's uncle, Rayudu' Biryani is often compared with Popeye's spinach:
  5. zen

    WC2019 don't be surprised 11

    I agree .... a trundler but has a really good slow one that would make most spinners proud .... bowls with variety and accuracy .... can also bowl slow bouncers .... what more could we ask for!
  6. zen

    WC2019 don't be surprised 11

    and let's not forget that the line up in the OP looks good on paper vs the one below: Rohit Dhawan Kohli Rahul (hit or miss) Pant (aaj ka chokra) Hardik (neither here nor there) Krunal (makes the 11 look unsecure) Kuldeep (can be inconsistent) Chahal (bowls hit me balls) / Bhuvi (Eng so .... may be someone like Saini) Khaleel (who what?) Bumrah
  7. Openers will do well in league games. In the final, they will have an off day
  8. If Yuvi makes a comeback based on performances in: Natwest 2002 T20 WC 2007 WC 2011 Dhoni's belief that Ind cannot win a major tournament w/o Yuvi All Yuvi needs to do to get on the plane to Eng is give a good performance in IPL 2019. And he is already training for it based on one of the threads here Likely 11 Rohit Dhawan Kohli Yuvi (as discussed above) Dhoni (not going anywhere till WC2019) Raina / Jadhav (depending up on IPL form. One good spell would be enough to justify their place as batsmen who can bowl a few overs) Bhajji (Kuldeep and Chahal are likely to be inconsistent with so many LOIs being played. Which will provide an excellent opportunity to selectors to draft Bhajji in based on a decent IPL performance which would include a few good overs and some 6s hit) Jadeja (based on his performance in the last test in Eng and on turners vs WI) Bhuvi (The belief that in Eng he would do well) Kaul / Chahar / Thakur (what is an 11 w/o a trundler, someone who can swing and take the pace off the ball) Bumrah BOL!
  9. Ind could bat first this time. As if Ind wins the toss, Rohit is likely to bat first. Pak, after doing badly by batting first vs Ind, watching HK do relatively well chasing vs Ind, and chasing vs AFG, could prefer to bowl first So a 280+ score by Ind could mean Pak crumble while chasing
  10. Therefore picking Rayudu and company could have merits in such a scenario
  11. zen

    Dropping Chahal would be idiocy.

    On pattas, it is hard to stop teams from getting big totals .... for e.g., in Jo’berg, Aus-SA game produced 800+ runs. Both sides have good bowling attacks .... the composition of attack depends upon conditions
  12. Ideal scenario, Ind beats Pak. AFG beats BD, which beats Pak .... With AFG doing well at least in terms of NRR to make it a battle of blue in the final
  13. Yes, as it would mean that only one of Ind/Pak, AFG and BD can win two games. Of course one team could win all 3 and other 3 teams end up with 1 win, where the 2nd spot is decided by NRR
  14. zen

    KL Rahul's 50-overs conundrum

    Rayudu, Karthik and Jadhav cannot complain as they got a decent run but have not impressed with the bat (though Jadhav has only 1 inning) so far
  15. Which is why Ind does not believe in meaningless talks as at this point a solution is through war which Ind is not interested in

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