February 6, 2012

CB Series

India's failed tactics


In the Mumbai Mirror, Sriram Veera wonders why MS Dhoni decided to leave out fast bowler Umesh Yadav and go in with three spinners in the first ODI at the MCG.

“Our loose deliveries were too loose. That was the difference,” Dhoni said at the end of the game. Ah, oh ok. Case solved then. Dhoni also talked about the lack of resources. It’s not clear why he rested Umesh and he also went on to say that “we don’t have a fast-bowling all-rounder”. How does the team view Irfan Pathan? A batsman? A bowler? What?

Following a splendid start to his Test career in India, R Ashwin's stock has dropped in Australia, partly due to his own undoing and partly owing to unimaginative captaincy and dropped catches by his colleagues. In his hurry for instant results, he overused the carrom ball, and eventually his line became predictable, writes G Unnikrishnan in Deccan Herald.

It was quite disappointing to see Ashwin continue to operate in the same way as he did in Tests. Strangely, Ashwin seemed incapable of doing anything different to keep the batsmen under check, as there simply was no urge to fight back – a trait he often showed in the past when batsmen took him on.


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