Sunday, 10 May 2009

Is This Also A Target???

Well the other day, the Mumbai Indians lost to the Deccan Chargers by giving a part time bowler in Rohith Sharma 4 wickets out of the eight wickets that fell and that too in just 2 overs that he bowled. I just imagine what would have happened had Rohith Sharma was asked to bowl a quota of 4 overs. Perhaps! All the recognized bowlers would have cursed themselves for not having got such a weak batting line up and secondly for not being able to do what a part time bowler was found doing. I still don't know what all surprises regarding the Mumbai Indians is reserved!!!

If one goes by the tournament, there have been different contests for the teams like the purple cap for the highest wicket taker in the series, the orange cap for the highest run getter, fair play award and lot many in addition to the age old man of the match and the series. Now, it would not be wrong to introduce one more award named funny play award for taking unusual decisions and ending up on the wrong side of the match. If this is introduced, I bet, the Kolkata Knight Riders would bag this for sure. For, despite having lot of wickets in hand, they often end up losing. Most of the batsmen in the KKR side end up being unused.

The second on the list would be the Mumbai Indians, who the other day couldn't chase a modest total of 119 against the Kings XI Punjab. Had the pitch been tailor made for the bowlers, that should have been understood by the lower order as wickets started falling. In the next instance, against the Deccan Chargers, regarding which nothing more needs to be said. Then in the match against the RCB, it was a one sided affair meaning the Mumbai Indians had no intention in making it to the next round. Now, after the loss against the Delhi Daredevils, the Mumbai Indians' consecutive loss is now at 4.

There was no Sanath Jayasuriya and neither was Sachin Tendulkar found opening the innings. As a result, both the openers were out for a duck. I wonder this is why the BCCI selectors never went in for Sachin Tendulkar as captain for team India for more than a decade. Sachin last captained regularly for India in 1997 for the Sahara cup in Canada. Sachin's captaincy is exactly opposite to his batting one can say. Usually, people drop rest their key players only when the team is in a comfortable position in the series. But, how come Sachin dropped Sanath Jayasuriya when the team had lost their earlier 3 matches? Now, I wish Sachin is one such captain who must be dropped and the reins of the MI be handed over to Jayasuriya.

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