Saturday, March 21, 2009

RJ, that's nonsense

Well, blow me down. I do think I've just heard quite possibly the two stupidest excuses/explanations/reasons ever offered for a unexpected change in the batting order. Rahul Dravid has just come out to open India's second innings with Gambhir as India chase 39 to win. And as the commentators wonder what is going on and why Sehwag isn't out there, Ravi Shastri offers us these two gems:
  1. The team management wants to give Rahul Dravid some batting practice
  2. Sehwag might want to come out blazing and get out, and so it would be better if he didn't take two failures into the next test
I just said above that these were the two stupidest excuses I've ever heard for a change in batting order. I'm wondering if it might not be the case that these are the stupidest things I've ever heard a commentator say, period. Serious contenders. Ravi, if you have no idea, just say so. Don't wing it; you sound daft.

Well, at least Gambhir has restored my mood somewhat with a superb hook for four.


Blogger Satish Srinivasan said...

I'm surprised that Sehwag didn't bowl.. maybe something related?

Anyways he would have been better than that pie chucker as he would have brought ball in and would have created some chances during obrien/mccullum partnership.

Whatever, as far as Desh wins.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it is simply a case of allowing the "senior" to score the winning runs - esp. since it *may* be RD's last overseas tour?

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reason given by pipsqueak is stupider Why not SRT in that case ?

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, Dhoni said he wants to win the series as a "gift for the seniors" - SRT has an injured finger, doesn't he? was he fielding?

7:28 PM  
Blogger daffydux said...

RD has been at the crease in most of India's away wins (whenever India chased and won). Off the top of my head, I can recall Adelaide 2003, Nottingham 2007 and now Hamilton 2009. Maybe its got something to do with that. Its just an idle guess.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Swaroop said...

I think it had to be the last chance for Rahul Dravid to bat in Hamilton.So,he might have been sent to open.

It is nothing like he wanted to have more batting practice...lolz

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read somewhere that it was due to Sehwag not being on the field for the last few overs of the NZ innin gs - hence was not allowed to bat immediately.

2:18 AM  

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