Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tough times demand Tough Decisions...

Times have changed, but the result did not. The loses continue to pound game after game in the land outside sub continent. For the common cricket fan it is a frustrating experience, unfortunately an unavoidable one too. Blame it on following the sport passionately all thru our lives!!!

Anyways, lets move on.
Clarke had a wonderful opportunity to score 401 runs and beat Lara’s record. However, he declared the innings when his personal score was 329*. He may have missed the quadruple ton but definitely sealed his fate as Captain of Australia for a very long time. Anyways 2 days & 2 sessions or 2 full days, it doesn’t matter too much for Indians as they are most likely to bundle before the end of 4th Day’s play. I wish to be proved wrong here.

From India’s stand point, the wicket appears to have eased out and the ball is coming on to the bat nicely without any alarming bounce or swing. In this sub-continent like conditions the only challenge is dealing the pressure of surviving 2 days.

Well, we all know what is going to happen in the next two tests. The least, for the good of Indian cricket young blood should be preferred over the under performing veterans. The future holds the key for the future success and any short sighted attitude of handling the current situation don’t hold merit in my book. At this point, Virat Kohli may not have performed well, but I wish to see him play all four tests. Similarly Rahane and Rohit Sharma should be replacing Dravid and Laxman during the course of this series. Trust me, I don’t have anything personal against Dravid or Laxman nor I under value their services for India. But, Tough times demand Tough Decisions!!!

The axe is UNLIKELY to fall on Captain Dhoni for delivering poor results on both the overseas tours. But, I won’t be surprised if he relinquish the post or take a break from power to reassess himself. Again, India performing poorly at overseas is a decade old story and Dhoni at the helm of affairs is only an accident. With no Australia/ England/South Africa Tours in the next 3 years, the fans don’t have to bother too much about disappointments from Indian Team after this series.

I still believe there is somewhere in this series, India will win a Test Match.

I wish to see India field the following XI for the 3rd Test at PERTH and bat in the following order.
Sehwag, Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Tendulkar, Kohli, Gambir, Dhoni, Zaheer, Yadav, Ishant Sharma & Ojha
It is time the team management explore playing the southpaw down the order so as he don’t suffer for the lack of technique.

Bottom line: “CHANGE IS CONSTANT”.

Cricket Lover

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