Top 10 reasons to watch the Tri-nation ODI series

At the outset, it seems like a fairly boring series. In fact, after the 20-20 World Cup, I’m finding the 50-over version to be a rather predictable and boring affair which takes too much time. Granted there is some entertainment in this form along the lines of batsmen getting centuries and stuff, but other than that, the 50-over version is losing its charm. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t completely bought into the T20 mania; the new ultra-short version is undoubtedly entertaining, but has its drawbacks. I think Test cricket on good pitches still rocks like none other.

Back to the point I was going to make; yes, the Commonwealth Bank Tri-series featuring India, Sri Lanka and Australia. I still feel compelled to watch parts of the series for the following reasons:

10. Bret Lee

9. M S Dhoni – media-handling πŸ˜› after being defeated (I expect this to happen a good number of times with the “thin-as-ice” batting line up)

8. Lasith Malinga – bowling and hairstyle πŸ™‚

7. Mahela Jayawardena – captaincy and batting

6. Murali’s bowling

5. Sanath Jayasuriya

4. Kumar Sangakkara

3. Ishant Sharma bowling to Ponting

2. Adam Gilchrist’s final ODI series

1. Sachin Tendulkar in sublime form

Cheers!

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7 Responses to Top 10 reasons to watch the Tri-nation ODI series

  1. Ottayan says:

    I am following it to find out more about our youngsters. Off Hand Rohit Sharma looks capable of making the cut.

  2. vmminerva says:

    @Ottayan, I agree with you on Sharma. He has looked quite impressive ever since the T20 match against South Africa. I’m thinking, he should be batting at No.3 (in the absense of Dravid, of course).

  3. 11. seeing the future of team india unfolding before us…good or bad…

  4. vmminerva says:

    @SP, true. At the moment, the bowling line up looks fairly healthy and batting abysmal.

  5. Soulberry says:

    I’m rather drained of India v Australia too. There have been too many ODIs between them in the past few months.

    The highlight for me in 2007 were the 50-50 WC and the then upcoming Oz test series…we saw what happened in both. I’m taking a sabbatical from India vs Oz especially ODIs.
    4,5 & 6…just them or do you have something about them coming up? Sanga is quite a dasher i agree.

  6. Scorpicity says:

    Am actually looking towards the sri lankan teams new faces… I wonder how much progress they have made as rebuilding for them starting off way some time back.

  7. vmminerva says:

    @Soulberry, I agree. Way too many ODIs. The ODI game needs to be tweaked. It’s loosing out on the charm it once had. As for 4, 5, and 6, I meant just them – nothing else. Wonder what you had in mind. Whatever it was, it sounds interesting. πŸ™‚

    @Scorpicity, that would perhaps be an interesting aspect as well.

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