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England was good but also very lucky

25 Jul

1) India started with Viru-less side.

2) 13.3 Zak was out of the match, the same Zak, who can dominate England in England, the best flat pitch bowler at the moment. 

3) KP survives PK’s spell. If you watch highlight and count how many times KP ‘just’ misses out edges, you will forget SRT’s scratchy 2nd inning for a while. 

4) KP was dropped at 67.2, he was at 49. He ended up scoring 202* match winning knock. 

5) Trott was also dropped when he was at 17 and 32. 

6) In 2nd inning, Ishant produced magic spell, Enter Prior, faced only 3 balls from Ishant before going to Lunch. This, I think, was the turning point point of match. Ishant is kind of bowler, who starts landing ball perfectly, you don’t want to break his rhythm. His whole career is like this. Believe it or not, this has been the case with Zaheer Khan as well. Once they are in the ‘Zone’, they have to bowl for decent amount of time. This is the beauty of the test match. Mind set, Trapping tactics, Timing, environment have to be just right to produce magic match winning spell. Once that is lost or batsman survives that, it can cost a game. And that is what happened. Despite no Zak, Ishant DID produce match winning spell, but unfortunately, it was just half way. 

7) Gambhir not opening, SRT couldn’t come on due to Viral infection. Speaking of viral infection. It’s the worst thing to have, being sportsman. Your body aches really bad. It is basically your normal Flu. I am sure you must have experienced that at some point in your life. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting any runs from SRT. 

8) Broad LBW was denied, by Asad Rauf in 2nd inning, only a bad call by him, but vital one. 

So, basically, despite a main strike bowler down, this test match had enough elements, which kept it alive till last day. Now, you must be thinking, I am making excuses and it is unfair for England players. No, don’t think that way. I don’t want to take away any credit from brilliant resilient performance by KP and Prior with the bat and one of the best bowling spell by Stuart Broad, even after under so much pressure he was in. But, let’s not forget, England bowlers in England are very good as expected. 

Taking out Zaheer from team is like taking Jimmy from England (who took 7 wickets, highest, tied with Broad in this match) or like taking out Steyn from SA in England. 

1) The way PK was bowling under overcast condition and imagine Zak bowling with him (he almost got Trott’s wicket, remember?) 

2) The way Ishant bowled amazing spell in 2nd inning and now imagine Zak bowling with him, with same intensity. 

Ishant is not a swing bowler, he is a seamer. So he has to get both ‘just’ right: line and length. So, he has to stay in rhythm. 

PK is a swing bowler, so it’s all about getting proper length right and expect it will swing ‘just’ right from there acc. to speed/condition.

Zak can do both. He can seam and swing and little bit of both together. Imagine losing bowler like this at ‘right’ time. 

Bhaj. DID provide much needed breakthrough taking out Strauss (left handed) but if you have seen how England has used Tremlett, Andersen and Broad, they kind of complemented each other. Helped each other. e.g – CT troubled SRT a lot in 1st inning, but Broad was rewarded wicket, playing full out swinging bowl, in attempt of breaking shackle. England didn’t use Swann to put pressure on India, though he bowled well. It looked like they had to bowl him for speeding up overrates. 

Whole plan was messed up as soon as Zak was gone. How much can you expect from tired PK and Ishant? 

So, what is the conclusion? 

If I was England’s thinking tank, I would be worried about imminent threat of collapsing at any moment of the match. India will come back hard, not with just bowling, assuming Zak/Sree will play, but more importantly with batting. 

India was on back foot before stepping on the ground for 2000th test, having no Viru, but they went even few step further losing Zak bowling just 13.3 overs. 

With only 2 pace bowlers + Spinner on flat track for these many overs and still India manages to create ‘chance’ for wining test at some point should be England’s worry. 

Watch out England, India will most likely make a come back.

Watch your back, don’t close your eyes, it’s far from being over! 

P.S. : It was really good test match, very entertaining. 

My Bowlers Don’t Get Credit and I don’t like it

20 Jul

Yeh, that’s right … This is Angry Post … so if you are batsman or masturbater-kind over glorious cover drives … FO. 

All Of you … Every single Indian of You … cricket lover of you are guilty of this sin … those who said India produces Great batsmen only. 

FUCK YOU.

“Ooohh wow Great WI bowlers … legends. Oooh Great Pakistani Duo. Ooooh Oooh Murali. OOoo Australian Bowlers …. Ooooh Dale Styen. Oooohh English bowlers in English Condition”. 

 

Shut Up. 

Who the fuck … who the fucking fuck has been taking 20 wickets from 2000-2011. My Dady? No! Your Daddy? No. Then, Shut up your mouth … you have cavity. 

India has played 42 test series 23 WON 10 Draw series = 33 = not lost. 33 out of 42 test series NOT LOST. 

Did your batsman come down from hell and took 20 freaken wickets???? NO.

My Bowlers Did. Yes .. Those Skinny Bastards. Those Skinny Bastards also .. had to bat and bared taunting from commentators the way they bat … the shady techniques they have … laughed at while they took a rapid signals to get off the strike after bowling under ugly sun. (I hope Sun doesn’t read this)

How many times your ‘batsmen’ … your 3 Gods + Your Dasher … Bowl and helped taking 20 wickets? Once … thrice .. I will give you 5 tests. Then … who took those wickets? My Daddy? Your Daddy? NO .. You? NO … My Skinny Bastards. 

Let say you have full respect for Kumble. I agree. But what after him? Did we crash like Aus did Post-Warne? Did we ..? No right! 

Were there only Mammoth BATTERS responsible for those wins? 

You rated them recently … Gave them least score … gave Australia FULL mark. Then, Worshiped Dale Styen. Masturbate over English bowlers in English Condition .. but WTF happened in WC. 

Oh WOW the WORST rated bowling team WON the world CUP. Didn’t they? 

You You You … Pseudo supporter of Indian bowlers. You haven’t done great in giving credit to my bowlers too. One say Zak is God, rest are meh! Really?, Zak had done great against Aus and Bangla in last 3-4 years. What about other series? What have you done?

You said ‘Oh Oh Ishant is inconsistent, IPL has ruined him, Oh oh Bhajji should have been dropped, He is SO bad that he is dragging our team down, oh oh Plaha sucks, Oh Oh Sree .. ‘he is Lunatic’ ‘Overrated bowler’ He is more of an actor than performer, Ojha oh we don’t respect left arm spinner, they ‘AREN’T’ actually real spinner, Munaf!? ‘He has become spinner’  … 

Are you getting it what I am trying to say?

Put one hand on your heart, look at the pitches my bowlers bowled at …  look at the scorecard for last 5 years. I say, look at the score card for even whole decade. And tell me, are you doing enough justice to my bowlers. 

Are my bowlers (plant) lost among three giant batsmen (trees)? Has proper sun-light reached them? Shouldn’t they be praised more in Media, because they are the one who took 20 wickets, no?  for 32 NO LOSS test series? 

What is more easy … playing 200+ dot balls and be MOM or bowling 1oo deliveries running hard … jumping hard .. and still occasionally been asked to play ‘Night Watchman’ to shield your batsman? Just tell me now, what is easier? 

My Bowlers are Work Horses. They are like factories, who never say no, till their system failure due to overload. They are Stallions. Your Batsman are Just Bull Dogs. 

And I like my Stallions as much as I like my Bull Dogs. And you should too. 

– By Angry Knowledge_Eater’s Bowler’ Mind.

 

 

MSD’s dream run continues

11 Jul

Is this the outrage post on ‘no result’ of final test between India vs WI at Dominica? 

No. 

Why? Because this is the blog not a twitter page. 

Also, it’s been more than 24 hours. So, epinephrine is not firing at the same velocity. 

I support my team. I am fan. I am blind.

So, let’s really look at what was the team that went to WI. 

I thought, ‘theoretically’, there was only one player out of 12 or 13, who was 100% ready to roll in WI. (Ready to roll = expected to pwn WI) 

One should understand that this was not a normal XI.

Mukund: (Newbie, trying to make a name) Vijay: (still a newbie, trying even extra hard to make an impact)

Dravid (Out of form)

Raina (was under severe pressure coming off from bad ODI series and bad SA tour),

Kohli: (Newbie was under pressure too)

MSD: (he still never had enough batting opportunities or batting experience on ‘pitch’ like this, also, having to bat below the Mammoths)

Bhaji: (bonus, not a batsman, lost ‘that’ bowling zip)

Ishant: (who was literally main bowler for the first time in his career, was under pressure too)

PK: (Newbie, had to make impact too) Munaf: (was injured in first two tests, had to come and bowl on slightly spinning track)

Mishra: (who was under pressure after getting picked over Ojha) Mithun: (overlooked in SA, had to make massive impact, again, same story)

So, basically only player who was inform, experienced and ready to roll or expected to do well was Laxman. He was the one, who scored decent runs, in last two tests. If not for the rain, would have been India 3-0.  Guaranteed. 

Did India do better than expected? Actually, they did. They really did well. Why? because WI fought really hard, surprisingly, even without Chris Gayle, which is still kind of sad. 

Castro. Kirk. Bishoo. Chander. Bravo. Samuels. Baugh. Barath. Ravi. did massively well. Sammy lead them well. (again) 

I tell you on this pitch, if you add Chris Gayle and if WI invites other teams, any other teams, and their FULL side. This side will give you very good fight. (Keamar Roach was missing in Barbados, Ahem, where is Benn?) 

Note: ‘same’ Pitch.

Was I entertained? Absolutely, yes. 

The most entertaining test team at the moment. Undisputed. 

Thank you for reading,

Bye. 

P.S. : read the title again. 

Bye again. 

Who is this Debutant ?

27 Oct

I don’t know what Cricket analysts and Writers are doing these days !!

They are busy picking best XI, and looking for old talented cricketers. But no-one is talking about new recent debutant ? What about the player who worked so hard to get in to side? What about player who made India win many matches for last 3 years !

I mean give this young guy where its due now. Everyone is talking about  some old guy who scored many runs for India and have scored most amount of World Cup runs and highest of centuries and all that. But hey, he is old guy. He tried his best to win World Cup for India, but he couldn’t for India.

But what about this new debutant !! He is young. Energetic. Looks good in technique. And he recently won many matches for India. Not only in Test but one-day too.

So, here I am writing on this new comer debutant. Who started showing he can be great batsman, if he continues to bat like this for at least 10 years.

That was his first match.

http://www.cricinfo.com/rsavind/engine/current/match/249215.html

He played decent for a debutant, scoring as much as another great senior Ganguli.

http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=2753;type=series

He played very vital first inning in first test match, unfortunately, India lost series.

After that, that Debutant have played 31 Test match and scored 3090 test match runs, with 12 centuries, with 65.74 average. Now thats very impressive for a debutant scoring consistently for 3 years. And not only that he has scored runs in ODI, as well. He has scored 1895 runs in 40 ODI with 54.14 avg. Now, that is very impressive for a youngster to be able to do that in both formats. I hope he plays IPL as well, I wonder who will auction him ! And for how many $ !

If India needs to win next world cup, this young person must fire with other youngsters like Raina, Kohli, Ishant Ghambhir etc. with support from senior players like Sehwag, Dhoni, Yuvi, Bhajji, Nehra and Zak.

India also plays Nz. and SA before world cup, it will be really great practice for him to get to play few tough bowlers in foreign condition like SA. He did decent against them in his debut series. Let’s see if he can continue his form, so selectors can pick him for world cup squad.

I want him to get picked for coming world cup. I see him scoring lots of runs for India. He seems to be future of India. After retirement from that old guy, I think India must look forward to this new talent.

India finally looks like finding a proper technique filled batsman, but I don’t want to hype him and jinx him. I know he can learn a lot from few seniors like Dravid, Laxman, and Sehwag. I am sure he must have been asking them lot of question how to handle crazy Indian fans. They must have been giving this youngster lot of advices, how to handle a pressure with media questions and all that. He can learn a lot from these seniors. Looks like MSD trust him as well.

Its sad that youngster wasn’t available for 96 and 2003 world cup to bat with Sachin Tendulkar, who was one of the greatest Indian batsman. If this youngster was found earlier to bat with likes of Sachin, Azhar , Sidhu, Sehwag, Dravid, Srinath, Kambli, Kumble than I am sure India would have won both of the world cups. Imagine Sachin and this debutant batting together against any bowling attack. They would have ruled all bowlers. And won lot of matches for India.

Well, sometimes you can’t get everything what you want. So, I am being optimistic and wishing this youngster a great success on his career. By looking at his fitness, I think he can go long way.

Ishant – The Ostrich

10 Oct

Will Write Comments later.

Ishant is the Ostrich, who runs runs runs but sometimes doesn't see where he is running and why is he running