> So my suggestion is, if you want to include that extra batsman
> it should be at the expense of a spinner not at the expense of
> the 5th seamer. So as you said that extra batsman can be Manjerakar
> and the out going spinner will be Kumble.
> So the final 14:-
> batsman:- (Srikkanth, Sidhu, Amre, Tendulkar, Azhar, kambli,
> seamers:- Kapil, Prabhakar, Srinath, Chetan and Wasson.
> W.keeper:- Pandit.
> spinner:- Raju.
> Bye now
> Tittu Mathew
the question is who should prevail? Raju or Kumble? It is a very close decision
to make (very close indeed).
Raju has done well in WSC and his figures have been
9 - 1 - 32 - 2 (Aus)
10 - 1 - 32 - 3 (Aus-2nd final)
10 - 0 - 33 - 1 (WI)
(and I don't have the score card of one match)
In the remaining 6 matches, he didn't play.
But think of Kumble. He has done well in all the onedayers he played. He is a
natural oneday bowler. It is very hard to get runs off him. His stuff is not
dangerous, but restrictive. However, batsmen get out trying to hit him in
desperation. He gets a couple of wkts like that in every match (of course, he
gets more sometimes. eg his 4 wkts at Sharjah). His analysis in one high scoring
match in Texaco trophy (his second ODI) was 10-2-19-2. What else would one
expect from a spinner? He is a not a great fielder, but even Raju is not much
better. In batting, there isn't much difference between the two. (BTW, Kumble
has some Ranji centuries. They don't mean much though.)
Kumble bowls with almost a medium pacer's run up. He bowls speedish leg-breaks
and he is more of a top-spinner than a leg-spinner. He is supposed to be good
at mixing his top-spin and the leg-breaks well. That makes him hard to be hit.
I get a feeling that the bounce of the Aussie wkts will aid his style and make
it much more difficult to hit him. He looks to me like an ideal spinner for
onedayers in Australia. If selected, he will perform well. Moreover, he is in
a good form right now (back in India).
It is hard to send Raju home after those good performances. But if you want to
select only one spinner, I feel it should be Kumble. (Though he did well at
Sharjah, I guess he was dropped for the Aussie tour only because the team was
being selected for both tests and ODI's.)
PVR Narasimha Rao