Friday, February 29, 2008
Into The Finals……
India has reached the finals of the on going ODI series in Australia. So far, india has played some good cricket. Or, I should say they are playing good cricket in ‘pockets’. I am saying this because, we are struggling to keep things going in every match. Only in last match we could able to achieve comfortable win, thanks to fantastic performance by our two young fast bowlers. We should have won atleast one more match, first match that we lost to Australia.
What I feel is that we are missing Dravid in the middle order. He used to give stability to the innings and carry the inning on his shoulder. In both the matches that we lost to Australia, problem was the same, we lost too many wickets too early. We are trying to many permutations combinations in the batting line up, but couldn’t solve the problem. Solution is simple, we want someone like Dravid in the ranks.
Dhoni is playing good cricket. But , this Dhoni is not the same person what we use to see some one year ago. Present Dhoni has lost his sharpness. We cant expect 36 runs from 66 balls from Dhoni, when team is chasing 317 runs to win. I don’t know why he is hesitating to bat up the order? I don’t know why he is changing his batting style? He shouldn’t forget that why he was picked in the team.
Australia are playing as a world champions, but I feel that they are not in best of touch. And India has got very good chance to beat them on their home turf. It will be a fight between young Indian side and experienced Australian side.
If India could win this series, then all the talks of seniors coming back in the ODI teams will stop once and for ever !!!