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Crowe: Surprised Jadeja was considered over Ashwin

India started their day well but unimaginative captaincy and the absence of R Ashwin resulted in New Zealand finishing on top, according to Martin Crowe

Host: Raunak Kapoor / Expert: Martin Crowe

February 6, 2014

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 23:32 GMT)

Excellent analysis by Nampally.

Posted by wolf777 on (February 6, 2014, 21:56 GMT)

India needed one more bowler in place of a batsman. Now the score is too high to play for the win. Six batsmen will play under pressure to avoid the defeat. Ashwin has not picked up wickets overseas. Better choice would be a pace bowler either of Umesh Yadav, Bhuwanesh Kumar or uncapped Ishwar Pandey.

Posted by Nampally on (February 6, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

The 3 specialist bowlers + all rounder - Is that the best India can put on the world stage? There were 3 more pace bowlers + an off spinner decorating the Bench. However it was sheer insanity of Dhoni playing with 4 bowler team consistently & getting clobbered in each an every overseas Test series. Even in a practice match before the Test match, Rohit Sharma captaining in absence of Dhoni, showed more maturity & better understanding of Cricket - a balanced team & how to handle the bowling, field placing, etc. It is sad that Indian Test team is stuck with a Captain who by his actions shows how inarticulate he is in understanding Cricket logic. India cannot go in with just 3 specialist bowlers & remain in contention of winning any Test match. After 30 for 3, NZ added another 300 for the loss of just I wkt. In fact NZ team is set for 600 total with "Tired bowlers" already, on Day 2! This is sad story of Indian Captaincy which sinks India every time they play on the overseas pitches.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

Ashwin shd indeed have been part of the XI not in place of Jadeja but in place of Dhawan (ever since that debut Dhawan has not done much of note) - with Rahane (who is essentially an opener) opening the innings along with Vijay.

Posted by iceaxe on (February 6, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Great analysis by Crowe! I agree with him on every count.

Strange bowling selection and decisions by Dhoni cost a vital wicket that could have smothered NZ. Good for us (NZ) they didn't....

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

While criticising the team for its performance we are overlooking the fact that this team has limitations and as such the performance is always below par. i am sick of hearing from experts that our bowlers bowled too short and too wide and hence they are unable to pick wickets .Dhoni is the must unimaginative captain who rode his luck. he had accumulated three in a row in England, Australia and South Africa and the fourth is in the offing.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (February 6, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Indians bawled and cried to have Ashwin off the test team. They've got it. Next move is to see Rohit off the team. They are going to whine until they get that too. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that Dhoni stands too far back and because of that the slip fielders are usually too far back also, which accounts for the number of catches dropping short of the slip fielders. In addition, none of the players in the slip area seem to be slip fielders. It seems Dhoni has no alternative but to put these guys there. What a bind and mess. Don't take my word for it, take a look at India's field placing in SA to see how many possible catches drop short of the slip fielders there too. India should have had 5 or 6 wickets in the first period, bowling NZ for under 100. Look at the Indian X1 and ask yourself, where am I going to put each of these men on the field. Only then, you will see the problem Dhoni has.

Posted by Iyer_Brain on (February 6, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Completely second Presynaras & myStraightTalk... Rohit sharma should be soft-skills trainer to IT professionals, on how to stay in the team despite being a bottom performer! When Dhoni took over captaincy, Ganguly had handed over a great team in a platter to him, and he just used up the resources, without building on it. Now, Dhoni has run out of resources, while also running out of luck... may be he will bring back Joginder Sharma, who will come in & take 10 Wickets in an Innings twice & win the next test match for India.

Posted by myStraightTalk on (February 6, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

Can the selector sack Dhoni as captain in the middle of a Test match? If so Dhoni should be replaced by Kohli as captain to prevent india defeat in this match. Dhoni has no strategy and he is a predictable captain. He have not taken any responsibility so far for the mega failure of the indian team, instead he blamed the bowling and batting when india clearly has talented pools of players for any condition.

Posted by Presynaras on (February 6, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

Ashwin should have been in the playing XI alright but not in place of Jadeja. He should have been chosen ahead of Dhawan or Rohit Sharma. Surely whenever Ashwin has gotten to bat, he has scored more runs than both Rohit and Dhawan. Also Ashwin and Jadeja as a combo is more lethal than them playing individually. This is the sort of track that does not help spinners alright and neither of them would have gotten more wkts, but they would have surely unsettled the batsmen and helped the seamers go for the kill. Rahane could open with Vijay or Ashwin could have played in the middle order ahead of Rohit.

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