Friday, 8 January 2010

Indian players' roles reversed!!!

Who is to be blamed when a team puts up a mammoth total and yet has to compromise by being on the losing side? Bangladesh did well to put a massive total (atleast as far as the standards of international cricket in Bangladesh is considered) against India when they scored a team total of 296 on the board only to lose the match by a huge margin of 6 wickets. Bangladesh's efforts would not have gone unrewarded had they bought India close to winning the match by making them bat for close to 50 overs and in the process get atleast 8 Indian batsmen out.

Moreover, it was no Yuvraj Singh or Virender Sehwag who proved to threaten the Bangladeshi outfit but it was some lesser known batsmen in Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and of course the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (though who is not considered a chick in international cricket) . The Bangladeshi bowlers were able to get the wickets of in form and dangerous batsmen - Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir who could contribute just 31 runs of the 297 scored by India at the end of the innings. And, Yuvraj Singh returned back to the pavilion scoring only one run. Still, the odds favored India and that went on to become a reality.

India was at one stage found to be reeling at 51 runs on the board with three batsmen making their way back to the pavilion. The odds should have started doubting about India making it to the target which still didn't. The odds still favored India. However, the batsmen who cashed in on the offer was the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who scored another century which earned him the man of the match award which he pertly deserved. Even in the bowling department, the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was found bringing in Yuvraj Singh to bowl 10 overs.

On the other hand, frontline bowlers namely Harbhajan Singh, Aashish Nehra, Sreesanth and Zaheer Khan were found to bowl less than their quota of 10 overs. This may have been the reason for Bangladesh ending their innings scoring at a rate of just less than 6 runs an over. It was no doubt Yuvraj Singh who was the most economical of them all but, the decision of Dhoni to toss the ball repeatedly to a part time bowler with 5 main bowlers resting on the field draws a different conclusion. It is confusing to see the Bangladeshi bowlers belting all Indian bowlers with the esxception of Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja.So was the case when Bangladesh could get the frontline batsmen out and surrender to new comers. How???

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