27/09/2008

Delhi vs. Rest of India - A report card

Well, ROI thrashed Delhi, which is as it should be because, ROI was literally the Indian team sans players from Delhi.
 
I had expected or rather wished four players would come out trumps. Sadly the majority of my pick failed with one clearly an outright winner and another player who was neither here nor there.
 
Firstly, Munaf Patel. As expected, he bowled well and sealed his place in the team. Unfortunately, reports suggests that he seemed to have abused quiet a few players in the opposition -  a development that I haven't bargained for.
 
Secondly, Mohammed Kaif had disappointed me and his legion of fans by getting out to half-baked shots. His familiar jumpiness to short-pitched bowling was patently evident. I think he has to work a little harder to ensure a comeback.
 
Thirdly, Badrinath. Like other Tamil Nadu players before him he had messed up the opportunity to make it impossible for the selectors to ignore him. A good innings would have surely elevated him to the senior team sadly he failed to make a huge impact and his performance was just adequate. So yet again he has either to depend on faith or the selectors benevolence for a call-up.
 
Finally Nehra- one word a disappointment. He too needs to put in the hard miles before thinking of making into the senior team.
 
 
 
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9 Comments:

Blogger Ravindran said...

Nehra stood no chance even if he had done well . Most of these guys made the numbers. Dravid by his performance put the selectors in a spot. Laxman failed but he will be in. Tendulkar will walk in and out as he wishes.So too Dhoni. Badri may lose out to one of the other guys. Munaf might be sunk.

27/09/2008, 20:08  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

Munaf can exchange notes with Sreesanth.

27/09/2008, 22:10  
Blogger Ravindran said...

otty
On what ,abusing or getting slapped or sobbing? Need some thorough clarification here.

28/09/2008, 07:25  
Blogger Ottayan said...

R,

Yep Nehra is a disappointment. Badri muffed his chances.

28/09/2008, 08:14  
Blogger Ottayan said...

R,

I think it was about sledging.

28/09/2008, 08:14  
Blogger Ravindran said...

U mean sledgeting

28/09/2008, 11:21  
Blogger Ottayan said...

sledgeting? care to elaborate?

28/09/2008, 12:01  
Anonymous scorpicity said...

"Like other Tamil Nadu players before him he had messed up the opportunity"... couldn't have said it better. However a rohit sharma gets unlimited opportunities and the report card shows he has fared more terribly than when Raina first made his debut. Badri and Kaif might have blown it for a while.

30/09/2008, 13:23  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Scorpy,

Lets hope Cheeka pulls his weight.

30/09/2008, 13:37  

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