This post is for cricket fans. Cricket fanatics, too. But impractical fans please keep off. And obvious as you might have guessed this post is on current India-England Series.
How many of you managed to watch India’s dismal performance yesterday (20-March-2006), the Day 3 of the test match? Well, I did not but I saw the highlights. I was amazed at the range of shots played by Anil Kumble and SreeSanth. It was simply superb. If anybody gets an opportunity just watch their performance. Dhoni & Pathan played an important innings. For few overs, they looked threatening but Pathan feel for a loose delivery and Dhoni was unlucky. But in my perspective, the only true threatening pair was Anil Kumble and SreeSanth!!! Just watch how A & S plundered the blowing attack of the Hoggard and Flintoff. H & F were the prime assassins who wiped out our top-order in all the 3 tests. But these two assassins looked totally out of sorts in front of A & S. The Cover Drive. The pull. The Cut. Boy! Boy! A & S played like a true top order pair! One should watch the highlights to know and realize that Anil Kumble has truly improved his batting standards. Anil Kumble, like Rahul Dravid, possess a learning & performing curve that is on the rise ever since he adorned our Indian Cap. Is Sachin, Sehwag and Ganguly listening???
As I was enjoying their attack on the English bowlers I could not help wondering “What our top order batsmen are doing now?” And guess what they were doing? The same you & me were doing. Watching & Cheering!!! Is this why they are paid some million dollars per game?
Just look back at the current English team. After a series of injuries, currently it is filled with second string batsmen and third string bowlers. And these third string performers ripped through our famous INDIAN BATTING ATTACK for a merry-go-around. Wow! So nice to know!!!
Its time these these two stalwart – Sachin & Sehwag, do some thing. Damn them, they are good. But nope, actually, they were good. Off late they have not performed. Then why should they be in the team?? One might say that they have an amazing track record, then so does Ganguly! So, why a separate rule for him??
Just put yourselves in the shoes of Kaif & Gambhir. They have the energy, zeal & enthu to perform and they have performed whenever given chance. But they are not allowed to, regularly, and this is because of whom??? Need I say the answer?
In short, what is boiling in me is:
Why should performers like Kaif & Gambhir suffer because of non-performers like Sachin & Sehwag?? Greg & BCCI, use the same weapon used against Ganguly against Sachin & Sehwag!
The two BAKRAs* of Indian team:
KAIF & Gambhir
* – Scapegoats (for the benefit of those who don’t understand Hindi lingoz)