Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wisdom from the Capital

A very good interview with Akash Chopra, who should never have been dropped from the Indian test team during the 2004 tour of Pakistan. We still haven't settled on an opening partnership since his dropping, and lost a very good close-in fielder to boot.

6 Comments:

Blogger Soulberry said...

I'm with you, Samir, on his "never should have been dropped" bit. We just had got onto a good thing back then...the Indian Tango and Cash at the top of the order.

It may be difficult for him to make a comeback despite the volume of runs he scores in all situations given that the local climate is youthwardly, but he could find a fine niche when some retirements become necessary. I hope he is suitably primed to fit into that as and when it may materialize.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

Yeah, that was some interview. Liked taibu's 3 boxes and viru's straight talk, but more than that, chopra's handle on himself, his simplicity. This guy can write - had a regular column in HT, notes from his stint in the UK. hilarious stuff.

Boy, do we miss him close in. And if today's 15 mts of batting are any indication, this guy has more peace and hunger than the whole lot of them big boys put together.

Frankly, I think he should open with Sehwag in tests. Gambhir one down.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Straight Point said...

that was some read...

go akash go...turn the selection scenario on its head...

and if there is one slot open (as we are made to beleive) let it be you who takes it...

gaurav, i am with you now...sehwag and chopra opening and gg filling the vacant place of sg...by coming at 3 i.e.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

SB: I'm not sure myself of where he would fit in. However, I like NC's idea of Gambhir batting one-down and Chopra opening with Sehwag. Who knows that might happen if he does well in the Irani. (Though I'm inclined to think the selectors have made up their minds with regards to the opening pair)

NC: Its great to see an Indian cricketer writing well, expressing himself clearly and making sense.

SP: You like NC's plan too, eh? :)

And we get a true-blue specialist close-in fielder to boot.

Anyway, the Irani is on, so far so good for Delhi, lets see how it pans out.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Homer said...

If Chopra makes it to the XI, Sehwag drops down the order to fill the slot vacated by Ganguly.

The team then reads

Chopra
Gambhir
VVS
SRT
Sehwag
RD
MSD
Kumble
Harbhajan
Zaheer
Ishant

And the more I think about it, the more I like it - I would hate to be an Aussie about right now :)

Cheers,

9:25 PM  
Anonymous abhishek satya vratam said...

you could be right comewhere. but today's cricket need lots of run on the board. and aakash was nowhere competitive with his bat. he struggled to run between those 22 yards. we could also say that it's really unfortunate for him that he got most of the opportunities when all eyes were on him as india ws in need for a stabe opening pair.

12:01 PM  

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