Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dhoni the canny (sorry, I meant Dravid)

This is how reputations get made. We have Nasser talking up Dhoni as a captain on Sky, talking about how well Dhoni has used the bowling powerplay in the past, because "there was one match, I think Goa, when England were going well, and Dhoni just held the powerplay back, and it was so hot, and their batsmen got tired, and then when the bowling powerplay was finally taken, they were too exhausted to take advantage."

Yeah. The tactics sound very canny. Except that the captain of India in the game Nasser was talking was Rahul Dravid (it was in Kochi, not Goa, but that is a minor error). In the match in question, the fourth one-day international of the 2006 ODI series, England seemed to have got off to a flyer, but then slowed, and finally lost their way, especially when the bowling powerplay claimed the wickets of Flintoff and Pietersen.

MSD, thou art blessed.

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7 Comments:

Blogger achettup said...

(it was in Kochi, not Goa, but that is a minor error)

Off topic, but I take major offence with that... not that I'm overly proud of Cochin, but articles this one disgust me and things have only been getting worse in Goa, and this is coming from someone who never missed out on an opportunity to visit Goa when the discrimination was non-existent. Nasser, like many people might think every tourist beach town in India is Goa, but he might not appreciate it if someone confused Taunton with Cardiff.
Doesn't compare with confusing Dravid with Dhoni, but I had to bring it up :)

10:01 AM  
Blogger David Mutton said...

Another fairly off-topic question- with Dhoni's rise what has become of Parthiv Patel? I remember him playing a few years ago against England and he looked about 12

10:47 AM  
OpenID vmminerva said...

Some ppl have all the luck don't they? Good catch.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Aditya said...

Anything done well by an Indian captain has to have come from Dhoni! :D

at least that's what some international commentators believe!

@david
he now looks like an 18 year old and is behind msd,dinesh karthik, saha (now) in the pecking order for keepers in India!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Ach: Don't get too mad at me. You know my heart is in the right place! But yeah, I know where you are coming from.

David: Parthiv is still around, making tons of runs (did well in the IPL as well) but I'm not sure that he is on the Indian selector's radar right now. The memory of his keeping gaffes might be hurting him.

VM: This one was really something.

Aditya: Yup, captaincy reputations are really very contingent on lots of things falling in place for you, including commentator's memories in this case!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure if it was a "canny" move - it was the time when they had 2 bowling powerplays to be used at the discretion of the bowling captain and if one doesn't use it by 29th over, it may all be rather too late.

of course, cricinfo has a habit of coming up with umpteen ways to praise dravid. methinks he is a buddy of most of their writers and hence they have a personal obligation to prop him up.

2:34 AM  
Blogger achettup said...

Sorry Samir, didn't mean to come off so seriously and def was not mad towards you. Guess I let events in Goa annoy me more and I apologise for bringing up an irrelevant issue to this discussion.

Cheers

2:09 AM  

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