Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Dinesh Karthik's Immaturity!!!

It was good to see India win the third one day international against Sri Lanka at Cuttack rather convincingly by 7 wickets. Not only did the Sri Lankan team made a mess of their performance in all departments of the game but also, the Indian players did well to dominate the show in every departments. However, some things need to be made clear with respect to players' thinking when it comes to onfield performances. This points directly to Dinesh Karthik despite having a hand in India's victory. Despite having been in and around in international cricket since 2004, some things are not found to be learnt by Indian or international players.

Dinesh Karthik hits a six in the final stages of the match which no doubt did see his team through the match. But, at the same time, the six grabbed the opportunity for Sachin Tendulkar to score yet another century in one day international. That was not at all the moment for Dinesh Karthik to go in for any sort of big hitting. The hit came exactly in the 41.5 over, just 4 balls prior to finishing the match in style. There were as many as 8 overs left for team India to finish off the game and one cannot understand as to why Dinesh Karthik had to go in for such a shot at that stage!

None of would have seen Dinesh Karthik even in T20 cricket blasting the bowlers all over the stadium. If the circumstances are taken a closer look at, it would not be wrong to say that the SriLankan bowler Randhiv desperately bowled the ball in such a way at Dinesh Karthik so that Sachin Tendulkar dows not get another hundred. For nothing can be ruled out in today's cricket. Anyways, Sachin Tendulkar would not have regretted over not having another hundred against his name. May be that Sachin himself would have got tired of scoring hundreds and missing one or two like this would not be a problem for him we can guess be sure.

However, recalling the past, it is remembered even today the way Javagal Srinath let go a leg before appeal of Wasim Akram to see Anil Kumble grabbing all ten wickets in the Delhi test. Another instance that comes to my mind is the way Pakistani batsmen saw to it that SaeedAnwar take most of the strike when he scored the world record 194 which even today is the joint highest in ODIs. Howevr, there are some likes of Dinesh Karthik who have played a spoilsport in their teammate's performances like, Mahela Jayawardane never handed the ball to AjanthaMendis in the finals of the Asia cup which would have otherwise seen Mendis taking a 7-wicket haul.

There can be no calling a press conference to address such issues and it is upto the player to take decisions at times which can see his teammate making his day.

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