Reflections...

shared by straight point on Wednesday, March 05, 2008

So mission oz is done and dusted with...

if there was any more motivation needed by our team to win finals straight this tour provided every bit of it...

while previewing CB series i said that this series is going to be first step towards long journey... that it will be very important series for team india coz our selector showed lots of courage by selecting youngsters for this tough series...

i also wished that if not for anybody this team should succeed for sake of selectors...they gambled big time against tide...and needed assurance in the form or favorable results...but we not only succeeded but went far ahead of everybody's imagination and won in straight sets!!

i am not good at in depth analysis so here are some facts which caught my imagination...

  • dhoni has made this team the reflection of his self...care free yet not lost...focused without taking undue pressure...cool but composed...

    he not only takes risks but owns them...thats why he made hero out of first joginder (though with some luck) and secondly with praveen kumar...how many would have thrown the new ball to him to bowl at guys like hayden, gilchrist, ponting...in pressure cooker finals...

    for me he is the man of the series coz not only he scored at crucial time for india...he handled and guided his team to win which his more pedigreed predecessors failed to do so...

  • teams spirit is at all time high and one instance at second final displayed it so aptly when harbhajan took the wicket of symonds...everybody flocked harbhajan and covered his face for his expressions then could have created another crap headlines in oz media...

  • Our bowling has taken huge leap...with ishant undoubtedly being the find of the tour...i bet opposition team will think twice before giving us green tops...

    if only we can look after bowlers well...we will win more matches overseas as well as home and onus is also on BCCI to not let this momentum go waist and prepare sporting pitches for SA tour without even iota of doubt...no more dead tracks for me...

  • some one (most preferably kirsten with team management) please sit with sehwag and most importantly yuvraj and tell them in no uncertain terms what is expected from them coz sachin is not going to be around forever and they must put their hands up and behave responsibly as senior guys to take our team to next level...

    thats why this time i had not sympathy for sehwag when he was left out coz he invited his exclusion by blowing away his good form...

    they have let team down on so many occasions...refusing to heed to put team cause first for the flair of their 'natural play'...if the batsman of stature of sachin can do it...no reason why they cant do it...

  • by blunting binga in consecutive finals india has exposed a significant weakness for other team to cash on that if you don't loose wickets specially to lee their bowling lacks penetration and almost looks pedestrian...

    if i were CA i will be deeply disturbed by this...coz they keep on harping about lack of quality spinners but do they have good pace bowling too??? its an urgent question before them the answer of which they need very quickly...

take well deserved rest, but be focussed guys...coz we tend to loose all momentum during breaks...

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12 comments:

Ottayan said...

he not only takes risks but owns them...thats why he made hero out of first joginder (though with some luck) and secondly with praveen kumar - true he also discards them when he deems them unnecessary. Wher is Joginder and Murali Kaarthick?

Straight Point said...

horses for courses OTT...as a leader you ought to know when you need them when yo not...ask sehwag...

scorpicity said...

I agree with otts on the owns them part... after backing him and claiming it was his call to bring murali, he dumped him after a single bad match... so won't read into that. Unless Murali rubbed him badly.

Observations on seh and yuvi are right... someone needs to make them grow up.

On offering us green tops... LOL... bang on.

KP! said...

I second ottayan..he is right....:)

Soulberry said...

Take a bow SP.

The next step is SA before Oz again...let's hear it straight from you on that.

I expect even the test team to see some changes after the SA series.

Straight Point said...

scorpy & KP

i think yo have misinterpreted dhoni owning the risk part...

i wanted to say that he not only takes the risk but also is ready to take the flak which comes with it if it fails and players knowing it flly respond accordingly...knowing their captain is backing them...

on other part he should be commended for he has the eye which player can do the job...

i have absolutely no problem of murli and joginder being discarded no point to keep them jst for the sake of it coz once you backed them...

i will take chawla over murli any given day...

Straight Point said...

...and same for praveen kumar over joginder...

Straight Point said...

SB.... :))

i think buoyed by the success i will not be surprised if it happens in SA series...

Naked Cricket said...

Outstanding SP! MSD, my man of the series too.
For this team to be tops, and not another NZL, two super players need to emerge fast - one batsman who can rape bowlers straight on (the Gilli equivalent), and another who can score rapidly yet sustain the innings at No. 3 (Ponting of old). Will it be Uthappa? Gambhir? Or can it still be Sehwag, Yuvraj?

Straight Point said...

Thanks NC!!

if sehwag and GG both discard their suicidal tendencies then we have players you are talking about...

cheers!!

The Sporting Spirit said...

there is no doubt that Dhoni is someone who tries new things and I guess thats what the modern game requires also....innovative captains...

he is definitely someone to look forward to in the future...

Straight Point said...

TSS

it will be interesting to see his innovations in test cricket as and when he dons the cap!!

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