Nov 29, 2006

The insipid display continues

This is beginning to border on the absurd!! The inability to play pace bowling is now embarassing. The Indian bowlers did a fantastic job, but the batting was woeful. Zaheer and Kumble were on top of their game. Even Sreesanth showed he belongs at this level. The part-time spinners stepped up their game as well (now only if these part-time spinners, who are full-time batsmen, can do their primary jobs 1/2 as well as their secondary jobs, we'd be in good shape).

We so cannot do without Dravid. At least he can stay around and hold one end up. Sehwag and Tendulkar are just not cutting it. Kaif has not had a good game for a long time. Karthik has not shown anything yet, but I guess he is young and needs a chance. We sure are missing Yuvraj on this tour.

I hear this clamor for Ganguly and for VVS Laxman. Since the problem Indian batters are having has to do with pace and bounce, I am not sure how Ganguly is the answer. Have folks forgotten how uncomfortable he looks when the ball is coming up into his rib-cage? Do we think that South Africa have forgotten about that glaring weakness in Ganguly's batting in the year that he has been out? VVS Laxman might be a good bet. But I remember the look of total astonishment on his face when a screamer from Shoaib Akhtar took his stumps out, like a deer caught in the lights.

We need the 2 guys who are hurt - Dravid and Yuvraj. They have shown that they can place pace and bounce. I am afraid we are in big trouble without these guys.

I am looking forward to the Test series now, as long as Dravid can recover from his injury. A part of me wants to see how Ganguly will fare against Ntini, Nel and the like as they aim for his ribs. Who knows, the Ganguly of old might come out and then it will be fun.

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