May 13, 2012

Pune Warriors

Still no Tamim?

Nikita Bastian

When Pune Warriors play, you can be sure much of the feedback ESPNcricinfo receives is to do with Tamim Iqbal. Warriors have now played 15 games in the tournament, used six openers and won only four matches. The batting has not clicked and they have failed to chase down very gettable targets on occasion.

Mohnish Mishra, Michael Clarke, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Jesse Ryder and Manish Pandey have been Warriors' openers, in various combinations, till now. While Ganguly and Clarke have, expectedly, struggled to score at pace, Jesse Ryder has backed up two half-centuries with seven single-digit scores. Robin Uthappa has been the team’s leading run-scorer, but even his runs have come at a rather lethargic strike-rate of 118.50.

Yet the big-hitting Tamim, who produced scores of 64, 70, 59 and 60 in the last international tournament he played, the Asia Cup, has not got a game. Not even one that is of no consequence to his team.

A Bangladesh boy, Tamim has the benefit of being familiar with the conditions, and could even fit into any plan – if any – the team has to play a right hand-left hand combination at the top of the order. All that, plus a struggling team, surely means it’s worth giving Tamim a go? Maybe Warriors' last league game, against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday, will be the day.

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Posted by Frustrated on (May 21, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

I am not going to say ryder, clarke, ferguson are bad batsman or not suited to t20 cricket. I will however say ryder played 11 matches, got 8 single digit figures, 1 22 run of 23 balls, and 2 50s, so thats 9 failures out of 11 which is a 82% fail rate. clarke didnt contribute with the bat at all scoring 98 runs in 6 matches with a high score of 41 and a strike rate of 104. so 5 failures out of 6 resulting in a 83% failure with the bat for a batsmen playing as an international opener/no3. now ferguson given 4 opportunities ahead of tamim, scoring 50 runs in 4 matches with a high score of 23 and a strike rate of 79 so thats a 100% failure with the bat, from an international batsmen chosen again ahead of tamim. So am I wrong in suggesting that the Pune Warriors think tank/management need to be replaced or is there just favouritism?

Posted by Siddiq on (May 20, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

I dont understand why no TAMIM IQBAL, i'm not SAYING that for the reason i'm BANGLADESHI. when a team LOOSING again & again u should use all of ur weapens. RYDER, GANGULY failed again & again. i DONT MEAN that, if TAMIM in, then PWI WIN, Bt the matter is just give him a single CHANCE 2 see what happened! bt unfortunately he didnt get it! SO SHOCKING!

Posted by epon on (May 19, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

i don't even see any reason why dada was chosen to lead pune. he doesn't seem to be playing for success, he plays for regaining his ego. he seems to be ashamed of picking a player from bangladesh. however, i think everything was pre-planned! pune had the potential in them, but misused it. none of the players gave their 100%, except for smith. team combination was really funny. everything seems so weird!! michael clarke is NOT e t20 player. he retired from international t20, and also stepped down from the previous versions of ipl. the playing 11 was surprising. may be, something was going on there,, which we cannot even think of!

Posted by Habib on (May 15, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

First I thought Tamim is going to county cricket and some how ended up in Pune, BD need to play more test and county cricket is the best for that, it was a bad decisions by Tamim. we r already good enough for t20 and ODI

Posted by Mr CrackGuly on (May 14, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Absolutely ridiculious. Pune warriors had tried 6 other openers ahead of Tamim Iqbal in sub-continent wickets. This is the player that was awarded cricketer of the year by the Bible of cricket (Wisden)not too long ago, scored consistently in the recently concluded Asia Cup, generally performs well in the subcontinent and has proved himself against various different bowling attacks. His shots are a pleasure to the eyes of anyone who enjoys class batting. He is undoubtedly a fine batsman and probably the best Bangladesh has produced so far. Mr Ganguly is definately high on some cheap crack to leave Tamim to warm benches. Ryder and Clarke ahead of Tamim in T20 and at this era of cricket. Pune is a joke. I am very sure he is not in just for the money being an international cricketer. Tamim should withdraw himself from this Pune franchise and play county cricket or somewhere else where people appreciate his worth. What a waste!

Posted by Jeet on (May 14, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Yes, it's shocking that Tamim is still not getting a game. But I am a bit confused reading some of the comments where people are saying things like why Manish Pandey & not Tamim or whether Ganguly is afraid of losing his place to Tamim. To those guys, I hope you know that Tamim is an overseas player. So he competes with one of the four overseas players slot and not with Pandey or Ganguly. Still he should have got a game in place of Ryder or Clarke. In fact Clarke has already gone back home. So has Luke Wright.

Posted by BINAYAK on (May 14, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

tamim is injured.6 players are injured including dinda.pune opted not to participate in the 1st auction of this year which has hurted them very badly.PWI has the worst team but still managed to be above DC.luck also didnt support the pwi as they lose some very close matches in the earlier stages.

Posted by M.H RATAN on (May 14, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

The captain of KKR Mr.GG is playing game with Shakib by giving chance ON OFF way. Bcoz he knows if Shakib plays regular way He would be the top W/Taker in IPL5. On the other hand, Mr DADA, Scared that if Tamim score more than other international players(so called big big players) then, it will be BIGGG insult for them incl. DADA. So Tamim is waiter there.Dont be Wonder, Its(Sports) politics.

Posted by Md Robiul Talukdar on (May 14, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

I think tamim is great hard hitter Batsman in the world like Afridi,Kallis,Petersen.So why they don't play last 15 match, i don't know. what they thinks ryder, samules does better from Tamim ? Pls, check last four matches performance in the asia cup.if they provide a chance in last match. i think that will wrong. that will insulted to Tamim.

Posted by Josh on (May 14, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

First Ganguly himself is a strange captain.. what more to say? so he does things strangely.. forgotten which players in the squad.. anyone heared about "Nathan Mccullum"? fully wasted and he could be real asset in t2o's...

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