Clock ticks to selection: who will get Ganguly’s spot?

December 3, 2008

While there’s a bit of sadness that Dada won’t be playing, there’s some thrill in wondering who will get his place.

Cheeka gushed about Yuvraj after his centuries again England in the ODIs. But there are other people too, folks. Fellow bloggers Scorpy and Soulberry have been raving about Cheteshwar Pujara (whose idol is apparently Dravid) and then there’s Murali Vijay who made people take notice with his performances against Australia in the series gone by.

To choose between two good batsmen, one who has got 3 back to back triple-centuries (if memory serves me right) in Ranji and another solid batsman has got to be hard. I’d pick Pujara, for if you don’t pick him now, you’ll end up selecting him when he’s out of form. It would be sad for Murali Vijay to miss out, but if there’s any fairness in the system, he will get his place in due course.

Meanwhile, our friend Dravid who’s been digging it out in the domestic circles has got some runs. The scores read 38, 50+, 50+, and 83 in the last four innings, which is decent but still wary.

Hoping for Pujara…


Warne’s take: Sehwag, Tendulkar and the Fortress

December 3, 2008

For once, I agree with some of what Warne has had to say. This bit on Sehwag woke me up from my blogging lull and other energy-draining, spirit-dampening stuff that’s been bogging me down of late. Here’s a thrilling bit on our very own Viru.

Virender Sehwag was facing Pakistan’s medium-fast bowler Abdul Razzaq, who was reverse-swinging the ball, and the way the Indian handled him is narrated in an interesting story in Australia’s legendary spinner Shane Warne’s just released book.

“Sehwag came up to (his batting mate Jeremy) Snape and said: ‘We must lose this ball. I have a plan’. Next over he whacked the ball clean out of the ground, forcing umpires to pick another from the box that would obviously not reverse straight away. To which Sehwag said: ‘We are alright for one hour.’ Smart I say.

That’s amazing! Maybe it’s only amazing to stupid spectator me. Here’s a dimension to cricket that I didn’t think batsmen had. Perhaps not too many people have it. Perhaps that’s also why there’s only one Virender Sehwag.

As to be expected, Warne is all fan-girlish about Tendulkar. Perhaps that has more to do with the way Tendulkar has played Warne than Tendulkar the batsman.

It’s not too interesting that Warnie rates Dravid among the best for many Aussies respect Dravs. He could very well have been called the Fortress, not just a Wall, says Warnie. You’d have to break thru the Wall to see the God (or get the guy at the other end). Ah nostalgia!

I’m now itching to buy that book.