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Agarkar: India achieved little in win

Ajit Agarkar says India wasted a chance to try out their reserve players in a dead rubber against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup

March 5, 2014

Posted by RK.Chandru on (March 9, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

Ashwin with 9 wickets @ 18.5 runs was way better in the Asia cup than Shami with same no. of wickets @ 25.5 runs who was gifting runs in plenty or Jadeja who had a tally of 7 wickets @ 22.5 runs. Yet, there are only brickbats and no accolades. With the unpredictable Afridi at the crease, anything is bound to happen and he clicked. That's it. Ill deserved comments from people like Thomas Cherian can only put players under enormous pressure. Do not defend any bowler who had managed a few wickets more or gave a few runs less on tours abroad. See the impact their bowling had on the ultimate outcome on the match. India yet lost and hence, you can never call Jaddu a match winner. In fact, we lost one of the matches because of Jaddu's immature, illogical aggressive innings in which he scored 20 odd quick runs when he had MSD at the other end of the crease and more than a day of the match still remaining. People and the media often turn a blind eye when it comes to poor performance of others.

Posted by Nampally on (March 6, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Agarkar's views are in line with Gavaskar's in another article "Why No Pujara and pandey". Gavaskar's has gone to the extent of questioning Kohli whether he is afraid that Pujara will get lot of runs to force one of his favourites to be left out of XI. He questioned the exclusion of pandey on similar lines. There is lot of truth to what Gavaskar is saying. Pujara's defence is as solid as Gavaskar's was at its peak. Pujara also has lot of strokes which he is not afraind of playing. Above all he does not give his wkts. cheaply - as may of the present middle order guys did- e.g. karthik both against Pakistan & SL. Most conclusive argument is Pujara is such a prolific scorer that his dropping is unimaginable! Agarkar says that India has achieved nothing nor did they initiate new caps. When Kohli had golden chance to try out Pujara * pandey he failed to do so in a meaningless Match. Why is a squad of 15 selected if 2 of their best are benched for all 4 matches?

Posted by muhammadtayyeb on (March 6, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

off course they wast new talent

Posted by godshand on (March 6, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

Good that Indian's are out else they would become over confident.

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 6, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

Lol. I thought, for a moment, Agarkar said "India achieved Title in win".

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