Labels: Monty Panesar
Labels: Monty Panesar
Spinners: Bhajji, Kumble, Piyush
Picking Chawla now is easily the best selection that the selection committee has made in a very long time. Piyush Chawla, the kid from Aligarh Moradabad (Thanks Alok for pointing it out) is ready for the big league - no doubts there. What if he is just 17? The best people to guide him towards a bright future are in that Indian dressing room and that is where he should be. He would definitely learn a lot more and a lot faster being with the Indian team than playing the Deodhar Trophy. (Maninder, Siva and Hirwani lost their way after making their debut at a very young age - I know that, but that doesn't really mean everyone who debuted at that age would turn up that way. There is a huge difference between the support staff then and the support staff now). I'm very excited about his inclusion and it would be really interesting to see if India would go in with three spinners into the Nagpur test.
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He will be the biggest threat to the England batsmen this time too. The injuries and illnesses to their key players have severely weakened their team. The first Test is for us; we should win it convincingly.
Whether we should go in with a three-pronged spin attack like in 1992-93 will depend on the wicket. I feel we should go with a two pacers, instead of the third pacer we should give the ball to Kumble. Every time he has gone out, he has bowled his heart out for India. I am confident he will do a great job again.
Details were hard to come by, but White House aides said on Friday that Bush was expected to mingle with cricket-playing children and meet of the sport's professional players during his stop in Pakistan.
It was unclear whether the US president, a avid baseball fan, would bat or bowl.
"It is planned as an opportunity for him to watch and learn a little bit about it. But, you know, who knows what he'll do?" said Bush national security adviser Stephen Hadley. "I have not asked him."
The president himself left no doubt that he'd rather play cricket than see a Bollywood movie, telling reporters on Wednesday that given the choice: "I'm a cricket match person."
The message being sent out by Kiran More and company, with the strong support of Chappell, is clear — India's bowling future lies in speed. "Anyone bowling above 135 kmph is welcome," Bhupinder confessed
The selectors' search has been relentless. From four-day matches to one-day fixtures, they have been concentrating on identifying youngsters who can be developed as fast bowlers. "We want speed," reiterated Bhupinder. The idea is to keep the replacements ready for combat.
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Former captain Sourav Ganguly must sort out his standing with the Indian team. The news of Ganguly being dropped is hitting the headlines too often. It does not do any good to his cricket as well to Indian cricket.
A senior player like him should meet the selectors and few senior cricketers to get a good picture on his utility to the side. He cannot be treated like Gautam Gambhir, who could be dropped disdainfully and picked at the same time.
Talking to the umpires in India, one gets the impression that they are not inclined to invite controversy as it might jeopardise their chances of getting more postings. This is a valid point. Let the committee assessing the umpires be made up of neutral umpires. If we can get a foreigner to coach the Indian team and also get the support staff from abroad, why not have three neutral (i.e. international) umpires in the Umpires' Assessment Panel?
Inefficient umpiring is one of the main reasons for the poor standard of Indian cricket. At times, the interpretation of the laws of the game is so inconsistent that one wonders how such umpires get postings in the first place. No wonder then, that shrewd cricketers take full advantage of incompetent umpiring.
Captains and coaches of teams have been complaining for the past five years that veteran UP Ranji player Gyanendra Pandey has consistently managed to avoid fielding, and in the finals of the Ranji Trophy this year his substitute took a brilliant catch to dismiss Laxmiratan Shukla when Bengal needed 14 runs for the vital first innings lead. That cost Bengal the Ranji Trophy.
Penalising players for misbehaviour is not a permanent solution to problems. Get rid of incompetent umpires; have a proper assessment system, only then will we get to watch good quality cricket in India.
The stand crossed 300 at lunch the next day and now Mankad had overtaken his partner. The world record of Hutton and Washbrook was passed with ease and by the time the 400-run mark had been reached Mankad had scored his double ton.
Around this time Umrigar sent a note for the batsmen to go for their shots. Thinking a declaration was imminent, Roy hit out, only to be bowled by off spinner Matt Poore for 173 with the total reading 413. But the Indians batted on, much to Roy's irritation as he felt he had been deprived of a double century.
Labels: Anwar Ali Khan, Cheteswar Pujara, Debabrata Das, Gaurav Dhiman, India Under-19, Jamshed Ahmed, Mayank Tehlan, Piyush Chawla, Ravikanth Shukla, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Under-19 World Cup 2006
Sreesanth is also known locally as a good break dancer—he recently won a national-level break dance contest here—and is a painter and singer of some talent as well.
It helps being Virender Sehwag’s cousin; Mayank Tehlan knows the power of television. Ask him if he’s ready for the semi-final against England tomorrow and he says, running his fingers over the 5 o’clock shadow, ‘‘Shave karni padegi.’’
Prasad then says that the team had just watched the famous NatWest final at Lord’s, 2002, to get into the mood to face England. Much to get inspired by — including the captain taking off his shirt on the balcony!
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"We are talking about being a lot more ruthless. Against the West Indies we got the first five or six wickets and then relaxed so there were runs for their tail.
"What we are saying is why give the opposition a chance. We do not want even the thought of the coming back into the match to cross the opposition's minds.
"When we are on song we must finish sides off, it is as simple as that,"
Sreesanth, who struggled in the previous game, came out with flying colours at Rawalpindi. He mainly shaped the ball out, used the short-pitched delivery effectively and in the end bowled some good slower ones to bring in variety. His bowling speed, averaging 136 kmph, keeps the batsmen in two minds. He could be an asset only if he adds accuracy to his bowling. Apart from his bowling, what impressed me most was his attitude. For someone who was ill and down the previous day, he played the game with verve. It's an irony in cricket that often when a player is coming out of a niggling injury or a brief illness, he puts up a performance which is above expectations.
Sreesanth could learn quite a few lessons from these two outings. He must understand the significance of being preferred over more experienced colleagues like Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan. Opening the bowling for the country straightaway is a rare but great opportunity in one's career. Only the bowlers who have missed out on it or messed up when the opportunity came would realise it.
Some of the comparisons: Piyush Chawla with Shane Warne, Left-handed batsman Ravikant Shukla with Lara; hardhitting batsman Mayank Tehlan with Sachin, all-rounder and sixer sepcialist Gaurav Dhiman with Andrew Flintoff. But swing bowler Abu Nechim Ahmed has the person toughest to emulate: coach Venkatesh Prasad. And phsyio Muthu too isn’t left out as his visuals are merged with that of John Gloster.
Last year, when the Kiwi fast bowler was returning from injury and preparing for the tri-series involving India and Zimbabwe he ran into Dhiman at an invitational tournament in Australia.
‘‘I was touring with Karnataka under-19 team and he was playing for a club. I flicked him for a six and there were other such hits around the ground. The match ended with Bond telling me, ‘See you in the seniors side at Zimbabwe’,’’ says Dhiman.
Pakistan Vs England - 2nd Test at Faisalabad, Nov 2005
95.1 Harmison to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, driven back to bowler, Harmison picked up and hit the stumps direct, shut for runout, tv called, after many replay, Umpires gave the decision in favour of the England team as Inzamam back-foot was in the air when ball hit the stumps, soft dismissal!
Pakistan Vs India - 1st ODI at Peshawar, Feb 2006
43.2 Sreesanth to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, OUT - good length delivery, driven down to mid-off, Inzi is way down the track, Raina moving in picks it up and tries to run him out at the striker's end but Inzi defends the throw with his bat and he is given out obstructing the field!
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