So, the "Great" Shane Warne finally played India! And if what I'm told is right, he got "mildly" thrashed for 61 runs and no wickets. Hope that puts Warne in the right perspective to the numerous fans on the net who think Warne is something out of this world. Frankly, I think Qadir and Chandra were by far the better bowlers, and they bowled against some of the best players of spin in the world. A couple of series against India, Pakistan, and even Sri Lanka will put Warne in the right perspective. No d
oubt the guy is good, but not as good as the many people who worship him make him out to be.
It would be interesting if someone could post Warne's statistics against each country, particularly India and Pakistan.
And now that India is out of the tournament, there will be the customary calls for sacking Azhar, along with the numerous faults he has. Its a pity how conveniently people ignore the fact that when we really needed to win, against RSA, after we lost to NZ, no one, I repeat NO ONE lived up to expectations. Of course, Azhar will be the first one to be picked on, more so by my dear friend Ravi. By his oft repeated criteria of course, we have to discount the scores that Manjrekar and Kambli and SRT scored i
n the win against Australia, because they came at a time when "it did not matter". So what if they played well and we won, uh? Lets face it, at any given point in time, only one player will click for India and no more than one. If it is a good day, we win, else we lose. And I don't think it is fair to pick out any single player for the loss in this series.
And to close things, I for one am happy to see Manjrekar back, even though it was for a game that "did not matter". Though I'd love to see him at No. 3.