Saturday, March 17, 2007

Just Shut up! and let Tendulkar open!

  • It is one of those days where you feel you would have been better off being one of those NRI desis, who over time have forgotten cricket and have started watching NBA, NFL. They ask innocently "is gavaskar in the team?" and when u say no with an incredulous face they say "I can't believe you still watch that long game". Being the guy who pays shit load of dollars to subscribe the tournament, and watch it happily with a large group of friends hurts (with 'araichu vitta' sambhar, masala dosai etc). Really Really hurts.
  • Watching the Ireland game really helped relieve the pain a little bit. I am not kidding. Its not just that misery seeks company, you don't have to listen to sarcastic comments from Pakistan students.
  • Sri Lanka beating Bermuda by 240+ runs does not look funny anymore.
  • Ajit Agarkar should be made Captain of Indian Cricket Team, Prime Minister of India, U.N General Secretary, President of USA, Queen of England with immediate effect. He has been the most permanent member of the team. His name is written first before even Tendulkar's name is written down. Either he is a high-quality pimp or the selectors are gay.
  • Sehwag is the only cricketer who would square-cut a straight ball to the middle-stump. I've never seen this before. Not even in colony matches in Thirunelveli. "sarithaan poda sottai thalaiaaa" (courtesy: anjali)
  • Solution: Tendulkar should open. They tried to push him down in 1997 in prep for the 99 world cup, he came back quickly. They really pushed him down until the last minute for 2003 world cup and he came back to open in the nick of time for the first game of the WC. Now they have somehow pushed him down successfully. He does not like it. He is our best chance for a decent total. He is 2X-Tendulkar during world cups and no other Indian player is good enough to push him down. Just shut up, dont analyze and let him open.
  • Overheard: Its not super-eight. Its 'sumaar' eight.
  • We have spoilt Sri Lanka's world cup in some ways. They could have lost to India and still progressed. Now thanks to India its not so obvious. I hope they return the favor by beating Bangladesh by a huuuuge margin. Edit: While its low probability, given that we have to beat SL anyway to progress, it is better if SL loses against Bangla.
  • David Lloyd is like the best alternative to Geoff Boycott for commentary. John Wright is an excellent commentator. I really like him. I am warming up to Siva also.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dont worry india going to buss up srilanka's ass.... the only problem though is chappel and dravid are bone headed..

why the f..k they want to open with sewag when he cant better use him in the middle order... super 8 is summa 8 if india or srilanka miss out....

-Ganesh

Saravanan said...

>>watch it happily with a large group of friends hurts (with 'araichu vitta' sambhar, masala dosai etc). Really Really hurts.

ingayum athe katha thaan. enga office la vera bangladeshis konjam athigam. monday morning erkanave kadi athu illama intha nakkala vera kekanum. Enna kodumai Dravid ithu!!

Anonymous said...

inzamam : Pankali bye da. nanga kelampurom .

Dravid : Ada irunka pankali.Oru nal wait pannunka .nankalum vanthuruvom la..

inzamam : apa ore ticket a potralam la..

Aswin Anand T.H. said...

Ajit Agarkar should be made Captain of Indian Cricket Team, Prime Minister of India, U.N General Secretary, President of USA, Queen of England with immediate effect. He has been the most permanent member of the team. His name is written first before even Tendulkar's name is written down. Either he is a high-quality pimp or the selectors are gay.

Awesome!

Indian cricket team is the most unpredictable team I have ever seen until now. You can neither tell when they will have a superb win nor can you tell when they will have a stupid defeat.

Anonymous said...

They really pushed him down until the last minute for 2003 world cup and he came back to open in the nick of time for the first game of the WC.

Tendulkar didn't open in the first match against Holland! He was number 3. He opened against Australia.

Venkat said...

I think Sehwag won't be played anymore. So logically Tendulkar will be moved up to open.
At the stage where he came in, it was almost like opening anyway..:-)

>>>>>>Just shut up, dont analyze and let him open.

serdan.., neengo sona seriyadan irukom..

Anonymous said...

whenever someone says: "don't analyse it, just do it" my guess is that it is based on a hunch/instinct/gut-feeling (or whatever) and not based on logic.

but, analysing the scenario in any case, here are the advs and dis-advs to that move:

sachin played in more than a couple of recent tournaments in the middle-order in preparation for the WC and that preparation will be wasted when he starts to open .. well, sachin has enormous experience and wasting a couple of tournaments of preparation is not going to affect him much .. but, what about the team's preparation? can the team cope with him not being in the middle-order? may be, may be not.

if and when sachin does open and fails as an opener, will everyone blame that he lost his touch as an opener only bcos he spent a couple of tournaments in the middle order and again blame dravid-chappell combo for the team's failures .. and then send him back to the middle-order to get him back to form ..

my feeling is that you can't drop your month long planning just bcos we lost one game .. there is sound basis for the current line-up .. there are two explosive batsman up the order (sehwag and robin) to make use of the power-plays, if they fail, you have a solid batsman following them who has the ability to attack or consolidate or defend and thats sachin, especially in the period following the power-plays .. i don't think there is anyone else in the team who can perform that role as well as sachin can ..

its irrelevant whether sachin likes it or not, my feeling is that he has no right to have an opinion about it if he is a team player .. if a rookie is ready to play wherever the team wants him to, I don't see why an experienced batsman wouldn't want (or can't) play where the team wants him to ..

-SR

Hawkeye said...

its irrelevant whether sachin likes it or not, my feeling is that he has no right to have an opinion about it if he is a team player

i disagree with this. especially with the no right part. I think more damage has been caused by "take one for the team" approach than any other approach. I would take offense if my supervisor thought my preferences were irrelevanat and asked me to do work that he knows I do not like to do. I would think its tyranny. really I would.

A look at the 1996, 1999, 2003 WCs would tell you that tendulkar opening is supported by logic and his middle-order spot is a result of gut/instinct (actually helplessness). I said "dont analyze" because any useful outcome of analysis has already been ignored.

Statistically Tendulkar at middle order has been tried and failed approach. This has been proven emptically many times over. Still we go back to the same weak logic of shifting good players to middle-order, where they are rendered ineffective and move poor players to top-order where they dont do well anyway.

Anonymous said...

Agree completely.
Dravid never ceases to amaze me with his bone-headedness. Pray tell by what logic is Sehwag still in the team? Why was Uthappa sent one-down? Has it been tried before or is Chappel still experimenting?

I think its too late now but in any case, Sachin should be sent back to where he belongs - at the top of the order. Sachin-Saurav it should be

Anonymous said...

I have only one thing to add:

Its not fair to compare a team in the corporate world to a cricket team .. same goes to members of the teams as well ..

It's not an analogy that I did not consider before writing my first comment - I just don't think its a valid analogy ..

-SR

Venkat said...

>>>>Statistically Tendulkar at middle order has been tried and failed approach.

I am not sure if Statistics are an all encompassing logic to justify a change.

I agree with SR that the lineup has been made with a specific reason.
Sachin did come in reasonably early, took 26 balls for his 7 and became out by trying to play across the line, so when we are deciding something : we might want to consider a possible bad form too.

>>>>>I would take offense if my supervisor thought my preferences were irrelevanat and asked me to do work that he knows I do not like to do. I would think its tyranny. really I would.

Right, but I guess it's both ways, while we would not want our supervisor to take us for granted, the contrary approach of dancing to our whims is also inappropriate.

I don't think the logic in the batting lineup was wrong, but as usual our team has let us down while implementing.

Boguilubov said...

am a recent admit to reading THIS blog. i have to bring this point up. kazhugukkan said "While its low probability, given that we have to beat SL anyway to progress, it is better if SL loses against Bangla." - that is not such a good thing for india. if that happens, then we go in to the sumaar 8 with 0 points and bangla, as the top team from the group will go in with 4 points - i'd rather see SL in with 0 points and india with 4. that apart - i'm looking forward to the tendulkar * 2.

Deepa said...

I think India shouldnt have any captain. That way pressure is not given as an excuse for not performing or not thinking or whatever.

Juggernought said...

Temme bout it!!I've been an advocate of Tendulkar and Ganguly opening since they announced the WC team!!

And =)) about Agarkar!!My sentiments precisely!I have no diea what he's done to deserve such a long career!!

I can't stand Set Max except for John wright!!Thankfully from next WC ,ESPNSTAR have bagged the rights-yay yay bhogle and co!!:D

boguilubov said...

tendulkar * 2 .. yea right!