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Thursday, September 20, 2007

India vs South Africa: What should be India's Team?

An interesting conversation took place between the two commentators (Hindi) on Star Cricket today during the Sri Lanka-Australia world T20 encounter earlier today.
कमेंटेटर १: आज रात के दू ओर दिए मैच में भारत को एक्ष्पेरिएन्सेद् खिलाड़ियों को प्रेफेरेंस देनी चाहिऐ । जोगिन्दर सिंह अभी युवा खिलाडी हैं और पिछले मैच में उनको बहुत ज़्यादा मार पडी थी। धोनी को आज अगरकर को फिर से टीम में शामिल करना चाहिऐ।
कमेंटेटर २(भूतपूर्व भारतीय क्रिकेटर): अगर शिर्फ एक्ष्पेरिएन्स् ही सेलेक्शन का मापदंड है तो मुझे क्यों नहीं खिला लेते? मैं १९८३ की विश्वा कप विजेता टीम में भी था !!
Commentator 1: Ajit Agarkar should be brought back into the team for the evening's do-or-die encounter against South Africa in place of rookie Joginder Singh. Singh is new to international cricket whereas Agarkar has the experience that may be required in the crucial match tonight.
Commentator 2 (former India cricketer): If performance has stopped being a criteria and experience is all that matters, why don't you play me in the evening's match? Afterall, I too am very experienced, and unlike Agarkar, I have been a member of a World Cup winning squad !!!
While i have myself been quite supportive of Mr. Agarkar in the past, i think it's now high time to drop him permanently - he has been given enough chances at the international level now, and his great batting in domestic matches should not be allowed to become a reason for his re-selection. As for his bowling - I don't think any other Indian bowler has killed as many one-dayers with '1 bad over' as Agarkar has. Yes, he was a key bowler on the memorable trip to Australia and has put in splending performances every now and then. But his inconsistency with the ball and consistency(sic) with the bat can no longer be hidden under the garb of experience. India needs to move on.
My team for today's World Twenty20 match against South Africa:
1. Gautam Gambhir
2. Virender Sewhag
3. Robin Uthappa
4. Yuvraj Singh
5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
6. Rohit Sharma ( He has played 9 Twenty20 matches, and has a century to his credit. Sharma has taken 8 wickets at an economy rate of sub 7)
7. Irfan Pathan
8. Yusuf Pathan ( He has played 4 Twenty20 matches till date. Batting Strike Rate is 195+ and has picked up 9 wickets at an economy rate of 7.7, the only thing going against him may be his style of bowling - Yusuf is a leg-spinner)
9. Harbhajan Singh
10. Sreesanth
11. R P Singh

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