Bhajji is bowling crap. Really time to look beyond him. Let him get his 400 and then bye-bye !
I can not stop myself comparing Bhajji and Swann. Whenever I see the England scorecards Swann is among wickets in all those fast bowler friendly pitches. Now our own Padmashree Singh sahab fails to capitalize even on spin friendly wickets. Needless to say he is no longer a threat to the opposition. A bowler like him should grow with age but he is fading and he is fading fast. I think the selectors should give him a treatment which Zaheer got couple of years back. If he will come back than he would be a better bowler for sure.
There's no doubt that he has come up with some great performances for India. But somehow he has never made me want to watch him the way other performers in the team in recent times have. If I had to choose between watching videos of VVS making a 40 or Zaheer Khan bowling a tight but wicketless spell versus HS getting a five wicket haul, I would take VVS or ZK anytime.
Our team had all chances to win the second test match against west indies had Dhoni caught Carlton Baugh off the bowling of Bhajii, west indies were on the mat at 133/5..This to me was the turning point of the match.
Harbhajan was a run-machine. Giving it away that is. His line seems to be all messed up, pitching it on the off-stump, end up on middle and leg. This compared to Swann who had almost all the Indian batsmen in trouble today with his loops and drifts. He made sure that Indians played him very carefully. All this, the old-fashioned way without any doosras (or teesras).
It's probably time to give Ashwin a chance. At least he seems to be a thinking bowler.
And the legend got his century at Lords' alright today.
Zaheer's fitness and Sehwag's absence has proved to be a big blow for us. We don't have the bowling firepower to combat the Englishmen.
There are as many as 5 Englishmen in the top-10 run-getters this year. Trott, Bell, Strauss, Pieterson and Prior have been consistently scoring.
This is where India's chinks are exposed. Our bowling department lacks bite, especially without Zaheer. Harbhajan seems to be more of a burden than a front-line spinner. Where is Murali Vijay? Why don't we have R Ashwin in the test squad and what on Earth is Sreesanth doing on the 15 member squad?
If Zaheer is not fit expect Sree to be in for next test.
Bhajji needs to retire now. Anyday Mishra and Ashwin are better wicket taking options.
Seems we will be chasing 400 atleast so its going to be a run for survival by Indian batting.
Gosh i miss sehwag!
Gambhir was hit on the elbow and Sachin down with viral. Must say India has been very very unlucky with the injuries in this match . Yes the opposition is a bit stronger and the English commentators are going ga ga over England s battings vs 2 Indian Bowlers(Bhajji excluded) . With Zaheer , Gambhir fitness in doubt and Dhoni mostly out of next match , looks like we are losing the top position !!
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So finally some of you are starting to realise the futility of having Harbhajan Singh in the playing 11 ! I have been saying this from the last 2 years atleast, Bhajji deserves a VRS.
We need a stone walling Dravid with Laxman on song at the other end to save this one now. Sachin is slated to come in at No 7 - will he have any batting partners left by then ? Gambhir is doubtful too, though he will bat.
And what about Dhoni ? Is he banned from the next test ?
The less said about the English press and commentary team the better - till the start of the test every one was angry with KP on his "I only work here in England" quip - now they are all gaga over him. And isn't Prior a South African player ? Heck their captain comes from South Africa !
Last edited by normally_crazy : 25th July 2011 at 00:38.
@NC- I read in cricinfo that Dhoni MIGHT be banned from next match for slow over rate.Regarding Bhajji i have always doubted his form for last few years. Its time we show faith in Ashwin instead. I must admit Swann bowled brilliantly in the 1st innings ( in conditions which didnt really favour spin) . But overall looks like England might pull this match from us !