Thursday, March 19, 2009

A question for MSD

What precisely, in the name of all Jharkhand, is Dhoni's problem with the idea of manning his slip's cordon adequately, especially when he has the opposing team down, and just waiting for the knockout punch? With six wickets down in the first innings, he couldn't do it. Now, in the second innings, after a wicket fell in the first over and with NZ some 230 runs behind, he still doesn't like the idea. I don't think its because he has no attacking instincts; I think its because he's gotten stuck in a groove with certain kinds of field placings and isn't thinking about changing them. Even when the evidence says he should.

3 Comments:

Blogger Subash said...

I think you are being too harsh here, Samir. However, there is a valid point to stock up the slips and gullies at least for the first half a dozen overs when the ball is still new and hard. There wasn't anything happening off the pitch or in the air till Munaf showed signs of reverse in the last over of the day. Hopefully, tomorrow morning will bring with it a little assistance to the pace bowlers. BTW, what's up with Bhajji bowling at 108 kmph? Geez!

3:44 AM  
Blogger Ankit Poddar said...

the commentors were adamant about the same thing, so yeah probably your argument has merit!

7:25 AM  
Blogger Satish Srinivasan said...

Hmm.. I think he should pay heed to the fact the major mode of dismissal in Australia and NZ is caught behind, unlike in India where LBW's and caught at covers, change of pace etc., come to play.

He'll learn, Hopefully.

3:49 PM  

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