Organization: Penn State University
Date: Thursday, 30 Jan 1992 13:52:13 EST
Subject: RE: Final predection/speculation of the Indian Team (WC)!
(Tittu Mathew) says:
> Let me throw some light into how the bowling attack is going to
> comprise :-
> 1. (against a team having weakness against spin)
> Kapil, Prabhakar, Srinath, a spinner, Tendulkar/Srikkanth
> 2. (against a team which is strong against spin)
> Kapil, Prabhakar, Srinath, C.Sharma, Tendulkar/Srikkanth
> Now, how many teams have weakness against spin:-
> W.I, Newzealand, may be Zimbawae(sp.) ie. 2 or 3
> How many team that are strong against spin:-
> Pakistan, Aus, Srilanka, England, may be S.A ie. 6 or 5
> So 6 or 5 out of 8 matches the attack is going to look like
> Kapil, Prabhakar, Srinath, C.Sharma, Tendulkar/Srikkanth.
> So the final 14:-
> batsman:- (Srikkanth, Sidhu, Amre, Tendulkar, Azhar, kambli,
> seamers:- Kapil, Prabhakar, Srinath, Chetan and Wasson.
> W.keeper:- Pandit.
> spinner:- Raju.
CANNOT be left out of the 14. When keeping only 1 specialist keeper, it is
necessary to have back-up in case of injury. Manjrekar is the only one who is
even somewhat competent at keeping!
Good move keeping Amre in the team. I feel it is important that he play; he
scores 20-25 runs every time just about and one of these days he will start to
settle in. He is just a great fielder and the 10-15 runs he saves are very
crucial in 1-dayers. I prefer him over Kambli in the final 11, tho' I would
keep Kambli in the 14.
Now that the Indian team is not being announced till the 3rd (I guess that it
is so that Shastri can give a definite yes or no answer to the selection
committee). If he indeed can play(Remeber the WC does not start for about 5
more weeks!), then I would count him as a spinner and unfortunately, either
Raju or Siddhu will have to be dropped. This is a tough choice and one might
as well flip a coin rather than try to guess how badly the Indians will need
batting help etc! And, I heard the squads do not have to be officially in
till the 19th, so why not wait some more. This will tell whether Shastri is
fit or not for sure, and whether Siddhu can retain a spot as 3rd opener etc.
I agree completely with Tittu on the 5 seamers.
- Samir Khosla
sxk120 at psuvm.psu.edu