I think there's not much for the media to talk about.. Its all the trivial matters that surface ever so often.
If Sachin declined the job,its his problem. Shove things aside,and focus on having a good team that plays quality cricket..
It appears Vengasarkar is the one who has created this mess ....
It is learnt that Vengsarkar was the one who had earlier offered the Test role to Tendulkar after Dravid stepped down.
The chief selector who is thought to have played a role behind the scenes to create the vacuum that came about when Dravid opted to quit will now have to sort out the mess himself. If Sachin refuses to budge from refusing the offer of captaincy, Vengsarkar will be the one out on a limb because he is the one who brought Sachin back from the 'outer' and made him the vice-captain to the World Cup.
Sheer bad luck! I think we let the match slip out of hands,thanks to a ton of catches being dropped. Robin Singh much be tearing his hair apart..
Anyway..more about Sachin's so called jinx:
After being dismissed in the nineties just ten times in his first 17 years of one-day cricket, the jinx has struck Sachin Tendulkar five times over the last five months. Three of those knocks have been 99s, which makes Tendulkar the only batsman to be dismissed at that score thrice. He has fallen victim to the Nervous Nineties 15 times in ODIs, easily a record. Nathan Astle, Aravinda de Silva and Grant Flower have managed it nine times, though each was unbeaten on a couple of occasions.
It was also the fifth time Tendulkar fell in the nineties against Pakistan; the other teams who have dismissed him in the nineties are England, South Africa and Sri Lanka (three times each) and Australia (once).
Tendulkar's continual struggle to get past the nineties also means that he has now failed to get to a hundred in his last 26 ODIs - his [COLOR=#0000ff]last century[/COLOR] was against West Indies in Vadodara in January 2007. It's his second-longest stretch without a hundred since he scored his first one - he went [COLOR=#0000ff]32 games[/COLOR] without one after he scored his 12th.
The lack of three-figure scores hasn't affected his batting average, though, since he has scored 11 fifties in those 26 games, helping him maintain a healthy average of 44.92 during this period.
I don't agree with Kumble as captain. It might be ok against Pakistan, but definitely not on the Australia tour.
I am still rooting for Ganguly, but with Kumble's appointment, I think the selectors have pretty much closed the doors for Ganguly. They will probably continue with Kumble for the next year or so
Why not? Kumble is a tough cricketer. He is mentally very strong and is a fighter to the core. He is aggressive as a bowler and hopefully will be aggressive as the captain. One thing that he would not do though is gettng under the skin of the other teams. I think he is too much of a gentleman to do that . I would have personally preferred MSD with an eye on the future. Lets see how Kumble handles this.
Our guys (so called Middle Order) fell like a heep. Does not have spine to face the bowling. Nobody wants to stay at wicket till the end. At 180+ for 1 to 280+ for 9 down. Shame on the cricketers and shame on Dhoni who scored only 4. He has more failures now than anybody else. If Dravid was there, he would have stood in the middle order and would have accumulated another 20 to 30 runs more than the y'days score. Dravid is any day better than Dhoni and Uthappa wo scored zero in y'days match.
Dhoni told during presentations after match said that the bowlers let the team down. But he is the one who do not know how to do the captiancy. Just scoring 321 runs and loosing means it is shameful. No doubt he might have told his bowlers to go out there and enjoy the game. No doubt they enjoyed the game to the core...loosing the match.
Our great so called selectors were there watching the match and they would have realised this. But to astonishment, they have again omitted Dravid for next 2 games. I do hope that India loses this series and we will see the real selection of team for aussies. What was the need to play Sehwag y'day...I did not understand. Dhoni did not even give the bowling to Sehwag. Dhoni is too immature to do the capitancy. It sould be done by some senior player andhe should be made the deputy and let him learn how the decisions are taken.
Last edited by snaronikar : 9th November 2007 at 13:51.
Sehwag dropped a catch that was not too tough. Not sure if it was hit by Salman Butt,or someone else. But it looked stupid the way Sehwag stood there..grinning away to glory.
I wonder what happened to the fielding. In between,the Indians were improving on their fielding skills,and now it looks like its taken a turn for the worse.