We want Jumbo!
Posted by Sports Snob on July 23, 2006
I have been a huge fan of the Dravid-Chappell partnership and what they have done for the Indian Cricket team. The way they have molded a young talented squad into a serious contender for the World Cup next year has been remarkable. Yes, there have been some potholes on the way- most notably the Ganguly saga and the failure to beat Pakistan and England in the test series.
One issue that continues to baffle me is Kumble’s continued absence from the squad. I cannot think of a better bowler than Kumble to be brought on when somebody like Gilchrist or a Pietersen is blazing away to glory. He is India’s best bowler and he has been doing very well of late. Plus, he has a great record in one day internationals.
I simply cannot understand how Kumble is being kept out of the squad by somebody like Powar. The talk is that Kumble is being held back because of his fielding. How do they justify Powar’s inclusion then? And Powar is no great champ with the bat either. Yes, I love the guy’s enthusiasm and his spirit but those are no reasons to find a place in the team! The Indian team has two good off-spinners in Harbhajan and Sehwag anyway. A third makes no sense.
Bring him back please! Give him a good run during the champions trophy. And get him on that plane to the West Indies and get him on the pitch. Otherwise, we might do another Argentina. (Remember when they had guys like Messi and Riquelme on the bench and ended up losing to Germany? No? Where were you earlier this month?!)
The biggest challenge for Dravid and Chappell is going to be to decide the balance of the line up. Do they go with 5 batsman and Dhoni at Six and Pathan at 7? Or do they go in with the extra batsman in Raina and rotate the final ten overs between Sehwag, Yuvraj and Tendulkar? I hope we get this sorted out quickly and play our best team till the World Cup. Cricket is more a game of skill than tactics and giving away your plans does not matter as much as in say football.
This is probably our best chance of winning the world cup. The only teams I see mounting a challenge are Australia and Pakistan. But I think we can get past them. We don’t seem to have the morbid fear of Pakistan anymore. Beating Australia might be tough but I think we will nick it. England and West Indies have been poor. South Africa and New Zealand won’t go far. The Sri Lankans might do well but that depends on how their batting clicks and how the other teams play Muralitharan.This is probably our best chance of winning the World Cup and my gut instinct is that we are going to do it.