> Rahul Dravid looks to be in fantastic form - his performance for
> Scotland has been almost Tendulkaresque - lots of runs, great strike
> rate, little support from the other end. He has scored lots of runs
> but Scotland continues to lose. Has anyone watched any of his games?
> Can the folks more conversant with county cricket tell me how his
> performance rates on an overall scale? Was the opposition good enough?
> On the other hand, irrespective of the level of the opposition, Yuvraj
> Singh has been an unmitigated disaster. What happened? Anyone watch
> him play? I did not expect such a poor performance from him.
> Kaif has been so-so. Sehwag seemed to be playing quite well before the
Have not seen any of them play county cricket but I believe that Yuvi
has problems against deliveries that move in the air. He is able to
handle pace and bounce with an aplomb that is not seen in Indian
batsmen not named Dravid and Tendulkar
I have not watched him all that much but from what I have seen I feel
his feet are somewhat "dead" when he plays strokes - as a result he
may not be able to adjust properly to a ball deviating in the air.
From what I have seen, when Yuvraj drives the ball, regardless of
whether it is an off or straight or on drive, his front foot almost
always points straight at the bowler. A habit such as this increases
the likelihood of playing across the line of the ball as well.
We could certainly make a case that as long as the bat is going
through the line of the ball it does not matter even if the feet are
pointing towards the wicketkeeper - but such a thing does not seem
natural and compact. It may be for Yuvraj but when the ball is
wobbling around, I do not see how, unless you judge the ball to
perfection and put the bat on it at the perfect angle, can you not
play across the line with this style
Sehwag in contract, despite his limited footwork, plays through this
line of the ball on his drives almost all the time. I believe his
incredible eye enables him to get into the perfect position to play
the drive. That's the reason I feel he has done well in countries
where he was not supposed to do well because of his limited footwork.
The other reason for Sehwag's success IMO is that he is fearless - he
seems to never be under any pressure and does not bother about losing
his wicket cheaply. In contrast Yuvraj seems a tad nervous when he
starts - he seems hesitant when the bowler starts dominating him.
Guess some people are just born this way