Friday, January 18, 2008

Not one, but two?

It's pretty painful having to sit through two collapses. Over at Perth, India are down to 165-6 and in Mumbai, Delhi are stumbling around at 245-7 and looking in danger of conceding a vital first-innings lead to Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy Final. In the case of the game I'm watching, its made even more painful by the off-color batting of MS Dhoni who looks nothing like the attacking batsman that he is supposed (Oh, I'm not asking for slogs but he doesn't look positive or confident). In fact, I'd go so far as to say that Dhoni looks hopeless, and with the runs drying up (this being especially worrying), and the lead only at 284, its not looking good. With this unbelievable crawl since lunch, hitting full-tosses to fielders, not looking to score runs at all, India are making the same old mistakes again and again. (Mark Nicholas: do India know how to win? The answer right now, certainly seems like a "No" for no matter what happens, the lesson to take singles is simply not being learned). Indeed, it might almost be better if Dhoni gets out. Kumble has much more enterprise than him, and places the ball better.

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