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Thursday, October 26, 2006
A different kind of practical session is going on in the "laboratory" of the Indian cricket team.And like other practicals that happen in schools every year,this too is in the form of experiments.And it has gone a bit too far that I hope I would not be too late before the Indian cricket team finds itself searching for its feet before World Cup'07.

Are these experiments doing the team any good?Picture this:When seamers likeAjit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan,L Balaji and Ashish Nehra had to be sidelined due to injury,two years ago,young blood in the form of Munaf Patel,R.P.Singh and V.R.V Singh came to the fore,of course,not to forget Irfan Pathan.Now the situation has bloomed into one wherein the latter category is exceeding expectations(of the BCCI selection committee) and the former,still battling it out in domestic cricket to regain their rightful places in the team.It would interesting to see the type of decision strategy the selection committee will apply before the world cup.One only hopes that it wouldnt lead to DEGENERACY.

Things dont look good on the batting front too.The now common experiment of Pathan batting at No.3 just seems a bit weird.It looks weirder,still,after the experiment continues even after Pathan's inability to stay at the crease for not more than 10 seconds.

Another cricketer who has failed to meet expectations is Dhoni.Of late he seems to be more keen on endorsements than cricket.His statistics in the last 8 matches present a sorry picture:an average of 18.00 with a high score 43.His poor show in the recent Champions Trophy match against England only supplements the notion of his being in poor form.Dhoni walked in to the centre when his team was at 98 after 16 overs.The target was not too high at 126.This meant 28 to win from 34 overs.Just when one expected the "explosive" batsman to wrap things up within 3 overs,the match carried on,and on,and on till the 30th over.To top it all,it was Yuvraj singh who was partnering Dhoni at the centre.Given the huge time gap between the 16th over and close of play,one could have endured a movie like Sillunu Oru Kaathal.

With the Champions Trophy match between India and West Indies on,with two wickets already down,it remains to be seen if the "explosive" batsmen live up to expectations.If they don't chuck them and give Ganguly his due(but such things happen only in blogs)
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