Indian Team for 2nd Test - analysis

Indian Team for 2nd Test - analysis

Post by Kamal Karlapal » Tue, 31 Dec 1996 04:00:00


One thing that first test showed is that we lack quality opening batsmen
who can stand up to good fast bowling. This had put lot more pressure on
Ganguly, SRT and Azhar, and Indian innings folded twice within 40 overs.
We need two batsmen who can last at least one hour, so that rest of the
batsmen can recover and get a feel as to how the pitch is behaving, and
how the bowlers are bowling.

Now that selectors have selected 3 keepers instead of 4 openers, what can
Indian team management do.

1. Persist with Rathore & Raman - I have very little hope of this pair
lasting more than 2 overs, at least one of them will get out. It will be
pure baggage to carry them around.  

2. Bring in Mongia and retain one of the openers - In this scenario, I will
keep Raman, rather than on fishing Rathore. But Mongia is very much needed in
the middle order. Especially if India lasts more than 70 overs Mongia can
be useful.

3. Laxman and Kumble - yes, drop both the openers. Kumble has the
determination to stay at the wicket, if he stays for a hour we have a
reasonable choice, even if he gets out it is no better than Rathore or
Raman.  It will be better to try out Laxman at opening spot instead of
bringing Dravid at #1.  If Dharmani can open then I will drop one of the
bowlers and bring him in.

What we really lack is an extra batsmen, if we drop Rathore and Raman,
we are left with only Laxman as a backup with three keepers. God bless,
if Ganguly, Tendulkar or Azhar fail consistently we do not have a backup
for them. Among all the keepers, I will take Dharmani as an extra bat.

My batting order for 2nd test will be:

Radical 2nd Test Team                       Reasonable 2nd Test Team

Laxman                                      Laxman
Kumble                                      Dharmani
Dravid                                      Dravid
Tendulkar                                   Tendulkar
Ganguly                                     Ganguly
Azhar                                       Azhar
Mongia                                      Mongia
Dharmani/Johnson                            Kumble
Ganesh                                      Ganesh/Johnson
Srinath                                     Srinath
Prasad                                      Prasad

Laxman, Ganguly and Dravid play anchor roles, and hopefully last more than
50 overs. Others can play natural attacking game.

If we want extra bowler take Johnson & Ganesh, else dump one of them for
Dharmani.

0.02 cents worth of comments,
Kamal.

PS. I will be most happy if India comes out of this series 0-1; the way we are
going my bet is on 0-2, no hope of India winning a match in this series.

 
 
 

Indian Team for 2nd Test - analysis

Post by A.M.Narayan » Tue, 31 Dec 1996 04:00:00

: One thing that first test showed is that we lack quality opening batsmen
: who can stand up to good fast bowling. This had put lot more pressure on
: Ganguly, SRT and Azhar, and Indian innings folded twice within 40 overs.
: We need two batsmen who can last at least one hour, so that rest of the
: batsmen can recover and get a feel as to how the pitch is behaving, and
: how the bowlers are bowling.

I am not completely with this theory. Lack of openers is one thing which is a
point of worry. But lack of commitment from Azhar and SRT brought their
downfall rather than pressure due to very poor cricket by our openers.
Azhar played hopeless shots in both the innings because he lacked sense of
purpose. SRT had a life in that short knock of 4 in the second innings.
He was trying to play on the front foot instead of backfoot. That was a pretty
stupid thing. Also SRT has not had a big innings for the past 8 innings.
He did get a 50 in Kanpur but that too lacked SRT's quality. That was just
not a confident knock. We have been under the illusion that our Middle
order is good but that failed badly on both the occasions. Take the Calcutta
match for eg. But for Azhar our main bats in the middle order failed.
It is sad that, it didn't serve as an eye operner. A fine player like
Azhar should have been leading the side from the front. This is just not
the first time he is doing badly in an away tour. Considering the fact that
SRT is not in best of his forms Azhar should play more important role than
this. He is definitely capable of that and he should live up to expectations.
Only that is going to help India.

Narayanan

 
 
 

Indian Team for 2nd Test - analysis

Post by Kamal Karlapal » Tue, 31 Dec 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>: One thing that first test showed is that we lack quality opening batsmen
>: who can stand up to good fast bowling. This had put lot more pressure on
>: Ganguly, SRT and Azhar, and Indian innings folded twice within 40 overs.

>Azhar played hopeless shots in both the innings because he lacked sense of
>purpose. SRT had a life in that short knock of 4 in the second innings.
>He was trying to play on the front foot instead of backfoot. That was a pretty
>stupid thing. Also SRT has not had a big innings for the past 8 innings.
>He did get a 50 in Kanpur but that too lacked SRT's quality. That was just
>not a confident knock.
>Narayanan

I agree that both SRT and Azhar have to be blamed for their attitude in
batting. I am lot more worried about SRT's attitude when batting. You look
at any list of World test XI or ODI XI, his name crops up. Everybody says
he is the best bat, but off late he has been getting out rather too easily.
I am getting the feeling that Captaincy is hurting his batting.

About Azhar, thats the way he bats, he takes his chances, he cannot bat
defensively. But he should be more judicious with his shot selection, I
expect him to do better than SRT in this series.

I still re-iterate the point that if openers or #3, #4 or #5 had played out
first 40 odd overs, Azhar would have batted much better. He has batted more
like Srikanth, especially in the second inning, he had decided before the
ball was bowled he was going to hit it. No wonder he got out. Unless SRT
regains form soon, we will keep on seeing batting collapses.

Ganguly is very prone to getting out in first couple of overs, but once he
sticks, he can play a long innings. But he is prone to getting run out.

Anyway good luck to India for their second test match,
hope it does not get too Hairy!!

again my 0.02 cents worth of comments,
Kamal.

 
 
 

Indian Team for 2nd Test - analysis

Post by C:WINSOCKKA9QSPOOLMAI » Tue, 31 Dec 1996 04:00:00

I think that we should follow the English example and get a wicket
keeper-batsman to play instead of a specialist like Mongia.
Eventhough this is cruel on Mongia,there is no way we can fill up the
hole in the batting line up until SRT, AZHAR regain their
spellbinding form.
Also Rathore has had enough chances ( five tests ) to prove his merit.
He should not be in the next test.
In the same way that the selectors persisted with Rathore until now,
Raman and Johnson should be given two more chances and if they don't
prove themselves, then they should be shown the door.

My line up for the second test would be:

Raman
Laxman
Dravid
Tendulkar
Azharuddin
Ganguly
Dharmani( WK )
Kumble
Srinath
Prasad
Johnson

Even if the above team lacks SA's bowling penetration, it can make up
for that shortcoming in Batting and a total collapse like that happened
in the first test would be impossible. Also, If all the catches that
are routinely grassed in every test are taken, then India would be in
no trouble anyway.

Raj

Optimax         -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 
 
 

Indian Team for 2nd Test - analysis

Post by Gentlem » Wed, 01 Jan 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>I am not completely with this theory. Lack of openers is one thing which is a
>point of worry. But lack of commitment from Azhar and SRT brought their
>downfall rather than pressure due to very poor cricket by our openers.
>Azhar played hopeless shots in both the innings because he lacked sense of
>purpose. SRT had a life in that short knock of 4 in the second innings.

Sachin Tendulkar has been very lucky several times in his recent innings
in ODIs and tests to get lives. He has a tendency to hit the ball high
up in the air and is known to make several reckless shots. And did I mention
that he is 8 kg overweight? What a classic example of a young prodigy from
just 2 years ago.

Quote:
>He was trying to play on the front foot instead of backfoot. That was a pretty
>stupid thing. Also SRT has not had a big innings for the past 8 innings.
>He did get a 50 in Kanpur but that too lacked SRT's quality. That was just
>not a confident knock. We have been under the illusion that our Middle
>order is good but that failed badly on both the occasions. Take the Calcutta
>match for eg. But for Azhar our main bats in the middle order failed.
>It is sad that, it didn't serve as an eye operner. A fine player like
>Azhar should have been leading the side from the front. This is just not
>the first time he is doing badly in an away tour. Considering the fact that
>SRT is not in best of his forms Azhar should play more important role than
>this. He is definitely capable of that and he should live up to expectations.
>Only that is going to help India.

It worries me that we have this excess baggage called Rathore and Raman
who can neither bowl nor bat comfortably. At least Ganguly is a useful
bowler. And Azharuddin goes up and down so often with his form that
these days its pretty much a coin toss that one can use to decide
will he score or won't he?

It is time to try Dharmani in place of Raman. We can also bring back
some of the other sideliners such as Siddhu, Manjrekar and Jadeja
and get rid of Rathore pretty soon.

In fact I would even suggest that we rest Tendulkar for a while until
he is fit, has had a chance to practise some more without any pressure
and is fully ready to play more careful innings and not survive on
dropped catches as he often does.

Azhar should go on a honeymoon, take some rest, take 6 months off,
practise some batting and then come back in the team with some
proven track record in local Ranaji and Duleep trophy matches.

Bottom line is that no Indian player should feel secure about their
positions on the team. Every person must earn their place on the
team.

Quote:
>Narayanan

Gentleman