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    Umesh Yadav - As brainless as ever

    I am beginning to get disappointed in Umesh. The guy has so many things on his side - physique, speed etc. but mentally he still doesn't get it. We saw in Aus in Tests that he bowled a few good deliveries but then gave a couple of boundary balls every over. You simply can't do that if you want to succeed at Test level. In the tri series that followed it was the same with Umesh not even completing his quota and going at a RR of over 7 an over with his figures around 0-50 in 6 or 7 overs. One would have hoped he would have learnt something but against SL it's the same story all over again. Granted he hasn't bowled many overs but eerily he has looked just the same as he was in Aus. He simply runs in and hurls the ball as fast as he can - which so far isn't that fast either. I mean if you can't learn from your mistakes what good is a fast bowler? Every single time Umesh bowls in a odi, his first 2-3 overs go for 8-10 an over and rest of the game he's trying to catch up but without much impact. Somebody should have a word with him and ask him to simply to bowl on one spot on or around off and forget everything else. Right now seeing him start 0/20 in 2-3 overs everytime is not what our team can afford.
  2. This article from cricinfo does seem to show all is not well within the Indian camp and there are issues between Kumble and players. These leaks, reports and articles can't be random. There simply are too many of them out there and it can't all be smoke without fire. Here's the link and also quoted the article below... http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/1100199.html
  3. Losing 9 wkts in a session and last 9 wkts for 90 odd with last 4 wkts for one run!!! That too against an average NZ team I guess we all know how the padosis got that no. 1 ranking for a period of 3 weeks by playing in UAE and the moment they have to play away this happens
  4. He's one of the few players I had high hoped for and thought he would break into the squad soon. He has that "It" factor and you have to see him to know he's destined for bigger stag. Any idea what's happened to him as haven't heard anything at all about him. He's not part of the India A squad and neither have I seen or heard about him in any of the major domestic tourneys. One thing which worries me is that he's in the same IPL team as Kohli and the two are very similar to each other in terms of temperament and there's more than a chance they will p**s each other off the same way Kohli & Gambhir would do if they are in the same side. Ideally Sarfraz should be groomed as a no. 5 or 6 batsman in shorter formats.
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    Changes before the Final

    Ashwin is useless and especially against subcontinent teams on a patta. Shami or even Umesh has to replace him so we have a wkt taking option in the middle overs.
  6. There's no such law in Pakistan else half the country will be suing the other half in courts
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    Dravid justification on our low runrate in 1st 10 overs

    And that's how it should be. You don't change tactics and team combination just before the final. Plus we are playing Pakistan who aren't good at chasing big totals so it makes no sense at all to suddenly change tactics. It's not as if we are playing England or Aus in the final that we need to put up 330+.
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    Dravid justification on our low runrate in 1st 10 overs

    Yup 70/0 after 15 overs means we should be able to score 300 and i would take it against Pak in a final
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    Dravid justification on our low runrate in 1st 10 overs

    Yes but the key still is not to lose early wkts to Amir and company coz if India doesn't and get a decent start I don't expect India to collapse the way Eng or SA did. The biggest concern for us would b losing early wkts as that would expose our middle order. If we have a solid partnership likes of Imad Wasim and Hafeez are unlikely to trouble use the same way they did Eng & SA. I repeat, if we get a solid start we will put up a good total coz the part timers which Pak have in the middle innings (Imad & Hafeez) won't be half as effective against India.
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    This is brilliant!!!

    They are pretty warm and friendly folks
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    Hafeez and Junaid may revert to chucking

    No point banging your head on the wall... it's akin to "bhains ke aage been bajana" If they don't understand the difference between chucking, i.e. elbows bent, and a side arm slingy action a la Bumrah & Malinga where the elbow remains straight but the arm is side on instead of straight, you know you are talking to idiots.
  12. This nous and cricketing street smarts is the reason I wanted Dhoni in the team along with Pant. Hopefully Kohli learns and improves by 2019 WC It's a knack to bring the right bowler at the right time and Dhoni has mastered it. One of the best captains in shorter formats in world cricket and a true legend
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    Dravid justification on our low runrate in 1st 10 overs

    I guess it depends on the team you are playing. I would recommend such an approach for the final against Pakistan coz their biggest threat is taking wkts up front. Plus you don't need a huge total against Pakistan and 300-320 should be enough which the current approach can get you. But moving forward, and against teams like Australia and England you need to maximize PP overs. That's why somebody like Pant needs to be tried at the top so that Dhawan can take his time, which he doesn't need a lot of TBH, to get set and play a big knock while Pant kick starts the inning with a quickfire 30-40 the way Sehwag used to do so scores like 330-360 are reachable.
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    Yuvraj Singh The KING 300th ODI today | Discussion thread

    He was one of the most destructive players in his prime and watching him take on bowlers when he was on song was an experience in itself. Hope he has one more big knock in him for the final
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    Shami over Pandya/Ash?

    Shami played the whole Wc 2015 with a bum knee which needed surgery later on and put him out of cricket for more than 6 months. If he was effective then, he's more than fit now. he was clocking high 140s in IPL and was among the wkts in warm ups. No reason for him not to be played as he can handle pressure better than Umesh. Plus he can throw his bat around to score some quick runs.
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    This is brilliant!!!

    Afghans are defacto Indian citizens Their home ground is Noida's cricket stadium and I wish they become a force in cricketing world soon
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    Shami over Pandya/Ash?

    He has to. On such pattas pace of Shami will be much more useful than Ashwin who Pak hacks will look to murder. We already have Jaddu and some part-time spin of Jadhav which should suffice. Pakistan struggle more against pace than spin and Kohli should keep this in mind else we won't have too many wkt taking options in the middle overs.
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    Shami over Pandya/Ash?

    How do we know Shami's not fit? Who has said so? Last we saw of Shami he was bowling pretty well in warmup matches. And as for Pandya being replaced by Umesh, why? Why would you weaken your batting against the best bowling attack you have come across? Ashwin replaced by Shami/Umesh makes sense but why on earth drop Pandya when he has performed well against Pakistan everytime he has played against them?
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    Shami over Pandya/Ash?

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    Virat Kohli now has Highest average in ODIs

    He doesn't fit as an opener either. He can't go big, can't put up a big score and is more of a liability. Guys like Pant and Rahul are way better.
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    Virat Kohli now has Highest average in ODIs

    Then why are we carrying him around everywhere if he doesn't fit scheme of things? He's somehow selected for WI tour when Pant should be tried as the opener and Rahul as middle order batsman if he's fit. Carrying Rahane serves no purpose.
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    Shami over Pandya/Ash?

    Yup let's wait and watch
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    Virat Kohli now has Highest average in ODIs

    Should've been 2-3 in T20 WCs... first one was lost by Yuvi and second one by Rahane I wonder why he hasn't booted out Rahane knowing fully well Rahane's limitations in shorter formats
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    Rohit showed he can win games chasing

    Yup not against B'desh On a serious note he needs to show up against Pakistan in the final to show he can get it done against better teams and better bowling attack.

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