india's exit: whom to blame... dhoni or selectors...?

shared by straight point on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

dhoni because...

the flexibility for which dhoni used to be known for has been replaced by some fixed notions as far as his leadership goes... his insistence on preferring pathan and jadeja over specialists has started to hurt india badly... even when selector gave him specialist spinners in the form of mishra and ojha... he kept preferring pathans... for the 'balance' sake... its not only the caribbean even in sri lanka where pitches and conditions were more conducive to spin... he did not play mishra...

he has also started to take 'reactive' decisions... in champions trophy first he said we can't play extra bowler coz it disturbs the balance of the team... then after a defeat and facing elimination... he said extra bowler helps coz you don't have to score that many runs... even in the crunch game his decision to bat first seems reaction to the criticism of bowling first decisions earlier rather than on sound logic...

he kept on bowling first when he did not had bowlers who could exploit the conditions and in crunch game yesterday he opted to bat when the situation was similar to say impending rain... when you want to chase coz you want to keep pace with revised target... but he chose to bat instead coz that appeared more convenient to him...

this goes to show how defensive he has become and do not want to push himself as well as the team... he seems content in the comfort zone... so does the team...

selectors because...

when your chief selector pledges in front of nation, after first test fiasco against south africa, that he will never select players who are not fully fit... and went on to do so for no less than a world cup... what can you do...?

the selections were based on reputations rather than form... the thinking was clear... stuff the team with batsmen coz t20 is a batsman game... and chawla's selections indicated that... who was apparently preferred over mishra and ojha for his batting skills... but they forgot that you just cannot bat and bat... but have to bowl too to defend the total... and no amount of big hitting can defend bad bowling...

dhoni was just not given bowlers to fall back on... instead he was given assembly of part times... it came as no surprise that when situation demanded dhoni could not find bowler to throw the ball to knowing he will give his 100%...

the squad for the world cup should be like where every player can make it into final xi depending upon conditions... situations... but we carried 3-4 passengers in a squad of 15 when even some main players were not close to the top form!

where does this leave captain...? what options dhoni had to maneuver...?

selectors stint thus far has been rank conservative that lacks vision... and if they continue to do so... this will erase everything what team india has achieved of late... despite their insipidity... and one wonders they are actually paid 40 lakhs a year for this crap!!

bcci... attention please... i can do as bad a job for even 10 lakhs per annum... or i might actually...

8 comments:

Mahek said...

There were specialist bowlers in the side but they couldn't get wickets either. Unfortunately the one bowler who did bowl with some amount of imagination will be remembered for conceding a six off the last ball of our campaign. He might be dropped a few months down the line but you can rest assured Harbhajan and Zaheer will be there for years to come.

straight point said...

just being specialist bowler does not guarantee wickets... zak was not at his best and harbhajan's energy were consumed in going for less runs rather than wickets but i do not blame him he was under tremendous pressure for the lack of support from the other end...

despite coming from long injury layoff nehra did bowl far better than his stats might suggest... and i agree with you it will be unfortunate if he gets dropped...

dhoni did not show any confidence on rest of bowlers (like chawla and vinay) and only brought them for the crunch match after much criticism...

now the question is... was they that good that india risk them on that crucial match? and if yes then why they did not play earlier...?

lots of questions... no body to answer...

Shridhar Jaju said...

SP, Harbhajan's strategy of bowling to contain might work against the likes of South Africa and England... but when it come to teams like Sri Lanka and Pakistan who play spin well, you have to change your strategies.

He looked like a fish out of water when Dilshan took him on. When you bowl to contain, this is bound to happen. Nehra, despite the beating in the last game, was the only one to come out of this tournament positively for India.

Mahek said...

England have moved on from their passive cricket, or atleast for the time being. As for South Africa, they'll take to him too if/when they need to.

Som said...

Cheeka, I come cheaper than SP, Peg me at rs 9.9 lakh:)

straight point said...

yes shri... bowling to contain is like putting your last defense... when someone takes you on... you don't have anything to fall back on...

straight point said...

mahek lots of england moving from passive cricket is not bcoz of them... its 'kolpak players' who are the reason... :)

straight point said...

ah som!!! i should have send direct email to bcci to avoid 'cheap' competition... ;-)

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