Friday, March 31, 2006

Raina makes hay


Hey All,

So here I am again, with the second blog for the second ODI that India just won against the English. Like I have said in my earlier blog, this Indian ODI team is far better balanced and more talented than the Test side. To be in the Test side you need some international experience, and I think the ODIs to provide some of it, though not all.

So, while in the last game, it was Harbhajan's guile that got us the match, today it was the youthful Suresh Raina - yet another off-spring of India's small town prodigy - that brought us home in this match. Just 18 years of age and an experience of just 14 matches, I was not even sure if he had the license to drive the bike that he got as the Man Of the Match award today. But I guess that's India and getting a driving license in India is not a big deal these days ( or well, it never has been a big deal). I am sure that he will savor this win for a long time. Besides his batting, his fielding - like most other youngsters in this Indian team - has been a revalation and he has only added more strength to the off side field with Yuvraj and Kaif.

In the recent past, India has been successfully bringing more and more young talent to the forefront and it is also a pleasant change in the attitude of the Indian selection comittee to be committed to them and persist with players for a longer period of time than has been the case in the past. With the likes of Irfan, Munaf, Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj and Kaif I am sure the future of Indian cricket looks good. The strategy from Rahul Dravid and Guru Greg is not only to be able to build a strong Indian team for the World Cup, but also to be able to build a team that can move forward from there.

Only time will tell whether Suresh Raina is just a flash in the pan or is he in this for a long time.I think he is another player like Yuvraj Singh that we must look out for in the future. Am I too early to put him on the mantle? Only time will tell.....

Your comments?

All About Cricket


Hi Folks,
This is my first attempt at creating a blog, so you all have to bear with my for all the fallacies that the site may have. I will be using this blog to throw out my ideas on cricket as a game in general and Indian cricket in particular. In the future you can expect regular comments from me on various cricketing games and news around the world and use this blog space to throw in your comments and ideas about it as well.
Lets see how far I go with this. For the moment lets just start blogging --

I personally feel that India will do a farily better job as compared to the recently concluded test series, with the scoreline reading 5-2 in India's favor. I think that as a team India is far better composed in the ODIs than they are in the test team. The primary reason for this is the simple fact that bowlers win you test matches, while batsmen win you ODIs. India has had a history of producing fantastic batsmen specially geared towards the ODI framework. Adn we all know that we have never had match winning bowlers of the caliber of winning us test matches.

In the past we have had some good options in the form of the spin trio of Bishen Sign Bedi, Pranassa and Venkatraghavan. But they too have been most destructive only on Indian pitches and maybe on the subcontinent. On foreign soil they have also not givne the desired results (as expected). Until recently where we are seeing folks like Irfan, Sreesanth, Munaf coming into the ranks, there has hardly been a combination of Indian bowling that has looked decisive and capable of winning a test match for India.

So I say again, that India is far better team in the ODIs and can certainly improve in the test match, if the current stock of bowlers are able to carry on their form and skills on foreign soils.

What do you all think???
Hi Folks,
This is my first attempt at creating a blog, so you all have to bear with my for all the fallacies that the site may have. I will be using this blog to throw out my ideas on cricket as a game in general and Indian cricket in particular. In the future you can expect regular comments from me on various cricketing games and news around the world and use this blog space to throw in your comments and ideas about it as well.
Lets see how far I go with this. For the moment lets just start blogging --

I personally feel that India will do a farily better job as compared to the recently concluded test series, with the scoreline reading 5-2 in India's favor. I think that as a team India is far better composed in the ODIs than they are in the test team. The primary reason for this is the simple fact that bowlers win you test matches, while batsmen win you ODIs. India has had a history of producing fantastic batsmen specially geared towards the ODI framework. Adn we all know that we have never had match winning bowlers of the caliber of winning us test matches.

In the past we have had some good options in the form of the spin trio of Bishen Sign Bedi, Pranassa and Venkatraghavan. But they too have been most destructive only on Indian pitches and maybe on the subcontinent. On foreign soil they have also not givne the desired results (as expected). Until recently where we are seeing folks like Irfan, Sreesanth, Munaf coming into the ranks, there has hardly been a combination of Indian bowling that has looked decisive and capable of winning a test match for India.

So I say again, that India is far better team in the ODIs and can certainly improve in the test match, if the current stock of bowlers are able to carry on their form and skills on foreign soils.

What do you all think???

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