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ASIA CUP CRICKET 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Below are the results of the Asia Cup that started in 1984 in Sharjah. As you can see India has most wins and they are the current Champions of the Asia Cup Tournament. Pakistan has won only once. If I am not mistaken, India did not play that tournament.

The squads have been announced and preparation is underway. Dhoni, Jayawardene and Misbah has been named as captains of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. For some reason the host team has not announced their team yet, hence their captain’s photo is not being published above.

I would like the Indian bloggers to comment on the Indian team for the Asia Cup which still has Tendulkar in the team despite all the criticism that he got but, he is determined to play and perhaps he might score that 100th 100 this time. Each time he plays there is the same question and same expectation, whether he will do it this time or not?  Apart from him, this time both Pathan brothers are in the team and two Sharmas are in the team as well. Whether Dhoni’s blue eyed boy Ravindra Jadeja should have been in the squad or not is a debatable point.

Jayawardene has been retained as Sri Lankan captain very rightly so because, he carries a lot of experience and also because of the way he played the last qualifying match against Australia and won that crucial match while led to the exit of Indian team from the CB series. I hope Misbah ul Haq has watched his aggressive field placement and attacking the Australian with whatever limited bowling resources he had in that match due to two injuries to his front line and inform bowlers Mathews and Parera.  He successfully defended a total of 238 which was not a big one at the MCG.

Retaining Misbah ul Haq as captain of the team by the PCB and the selectors has raised many eyebrows and it is yet another example of off the cuff management decisions which are lacking in professionalism. Iqbal Qasim as more interested in bringing Sarfaraz Ahmad into the team and the first thing he did was to replace Adnan Akmal with Sarfaraz. In my opinion Sarfaraz is not suitable for international matches, time and again he has failed with the bat and his keeping is nothing to write home about. I don’t see any spark in him.

With Misbah, Younus Khan and Asad Shafiq in the middle order, the selection of Azhar Ali — who is more suitable for test cricket — is absolutely needless. How many “tuk-tuk” players you need in the team? The opening conundrum will continue because, they will play Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed. Hafeez has time and again said that he doesn’t want to open the innings but, no one is paying any heed to the Professor’s rants. And, Nasir Jamshed, I don’t understand the basis of his selection. Ahmad Shahzad who is in very good form at the domestic level and at the BPL should have been selected.

Similarly Mohammad Sami has also shown a lot of form at the domestic level as well as in the BPL he was ignored because the quota was full. Cheema cannot be dropped because of cronyism and one can only say thank God, Malik and Farhat are not in the squad but, Nasir Jamshed, Sarfaraz, Cheema does not deserve to be in the team on merit basis. They are clearly sifarishi players and this is the irony of Pakistan cricket that selection is never fair.

Even the choice of batting order is pathetic. Misbah does not know how to use his batsmen or even his bowler, he is clueless when it comes to field placement. I am not saying Pakistan will lose based on the statistics and records but, the available resources in the country have not be properly used and whatever the given resources are i.e., from the squad, they will not use them properly. There is no strategy, there is no game plan. The question of plan A and plan B does not exist.

Everything is being dumped on the new coach Dav Whatmore as if he is the Fairy God Mother with a magic wand and turn Misbah from 37 to 17 years old and give him fresh legs and a cricket bat from Mars that even he blocks the ball races down to the ropes for a four. There is no such thing as complacency. When the Pak team won the test series 3-0 against England, they were over the moon that they white washed the number one test team in the world 3-0.

If you analyze the 3 test matches carefully, only in one test Pakistan played well and deserved to win and in the other 2 matches England played very badly. Their openers and the top order miserably failed against the magical spin of Ajmal and Abdur Rahman.  You cannot win ALL your matches on the strength of your spinners.If that was possible, India always had the best spinners in the world from the times of Subash Gupte, Bapu Nadkarni, Chandrashekhar, Prasanna, Bedi, Venkataraghavan even Kumble and Harbhajan but, they never won ALL the matches.

The team has to be balanced in ALL departments. If you take a look at the Pakistan team, the main weakness you see is the inconsistency right from the openers to the tail-enders and from fast bowlers to the spinners, there is sporadic brilliance and then there is disgustipatingly pathetic performance. In one way you can say, their inconsistency is very consistent. There is no Javed Miandad or Inzamam in the middle order who can play anchor roles. There is no Saeed Anwar who can give a flying start not just for 20 odd runs but, for a long sustainable period of time to give a respectability to the total.

The current team Pakistan when they get out cheaply there is a slide and there is no stopping it looks like they behave like a herd no one bothers to play positive cricket. Either there are sixes and fours or there is tuk tuk and negative cricket and the end result is always a defeat. Pakistani batsmen should learn to rotate the strike as much as possible and try to make 5-6 runs per over even with singles and twos and no need for sixes and fours i.e., if the conditions do not allow them to play big shots. But, they need to learn how to create placement shots instead of hitting them into the hands of the fielders.

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers says.Isaac Asimov.  And for me it is like hitting the keyboard randomly to make some sense out of my blabbering.

 

Details Host Nation(s) Final Venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
1984 United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Sharjah CA Stadium,
Sharja
 India Round Robin  Sri Lanka
1986 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground
Colombo
 Sri Lanka
195/5 (42.2 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets  Pakistan
191/9 (45 overs)
1988 Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Bangabandhu National Stadium
Dhaka
 India
180/4 (37.1 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
(scorecard)
 Sri Lanka
176 all out (43.5 overs)
1990-91 India
India
Eden Gardens
Kolkata
 India
205/3 (42.1 overs)
India won by 7 wickets
(scorecard)
 Sri Lanka
204/9 (45 overs)
1993 Pakistan
Pakistan
Not held
1995 United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Sharjah CA Stadium,
Sharja
 India
233/2 (41.5 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
(scorecard)
 Sri Lanka
230/7 (50 overs)
1997 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium
Colombo
 Sri Lanka
240/2 (36.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
(scorecard)
 India
239/7 (50 overs)
2000 Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Bangabandhu National Stadium
Dhaka
 Pakistan
277/4 (50 overs)
Pakistan won by 39 runs
(scorecard)
 Sri Lanka
238 (45.2 overs)
2004 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium
Colombo
 Sri Lanka
228/9 (50 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 25 runs
(scorecard)
 India
203/9 (50 overs)
2008 Pakistan
Pakistan
National Stadium
Karachi
 Sri Lanka
273 (49.5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 100 runs
(scorecard)
 India
173 (39.3 overs)
2010 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Dambulla
 India
268/6 (50 overs)
India won by 81 runs


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THE FUTURE OF INDIAN CRICKET TEAM

I am sure all Indian supporters must be very sad by the performance of the Indian cricket team. Not so long ago the Indian team was ranked by the ICC as no. ONE test playing nation and they lost 4 test matches in a row in England and lost one in Australia and they are on the verge of losing the second test too. That will make six consecutive losses.

Most Indian supporters and fans are not even watching these test matches anymore because the matches are all one sided and they say they already know the result so what is the point of watching and wasting your time?

There was some hope that India will play well at the Sydney Cricket Ground which is Tendulkar’s happy hunting ground where he has scored a double and three big hundred and in all occasions he has remained not out, so there was a lot of expectation and the media once again hyped up the occasion trying to coincide his 100th 100 with SCG’s centenary.  And, that did not happened, at least not in the first innings.  Tendulkar has one more chance and i.e., in the second innings but, his second innings average is in 30’s and he may not be able to do that and he will carry the burden in the 3rd test.

Although he did not play badly in the first innings, scored 41 runs which are not bad but, by his own standards it is bad especially on this ground but, law of averages and luck is not always in your favour. There are good days and there are bad days and that is happening with him. But, for Indian team especially in test matches, there are no good days.

None of the senior players are playing up to their past potential which means they have past their prime and it is about time to induct new blood. No one is asking for a total change, slow and gradual induction of new blood is always healthy. Because, the new players learn a lot while playing along the senior players.  Tendulkar and Dravid can still continue for a year at least but, Laxman I have my doubts.

Gambhir has so far been a flop in the last 3 innings and it is not likely that he will change all of a sudden, it is not a matter of confidence alone but, it is a matter of technique and experience. His technique against fast bowlers on fast pitches has a flaw he cannot stop himself from edging the ball which is outside the off stump and constantly getting out in the slips cordon.  Besides, he is out of form in the whole of 2011.

Sehwag was in good form until recently and he scored a double hundred in ODI but, in test matches the Australians seems to have gotten him with their speed, rising balls, short pitched deliveries and he is unable to attack freely as they are cramping him and not giving him room to play shots and his footwork is questionable since day one, but he has managed very well despite a lot of criticism but, there is always a time when your hand eye coordination cannot be 100% and without footwork it is very difficult to play accurate shots. So, he is unable to give India the flying start that he normally does. But, that is not a big scare for India.

The big scare is what will be the future of Indian cricket when these three big players viz., Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman will retire? Therefore, it is important to introduce new players from now rather than waiting for a 4-0 whitewash in Australia.  Rohit Sharma can replace Laxman and Rahane can replace Gambir to see if they can contribute something because, the total of Laxman and Gambhir put together in 3 innings is only 21 runs.

So, there is nothing much India will lose if Rohit or Rahane cannot score due to pressure, but they are young and they should not be discouraged if they fail. For India there is nothing to lose if they drop Laxman. Because, if Laxman fails in all 4 matches then he will definitely be axed by the selectors.  So, why not try Rohit now?

Dhoni has proved that he is not a test captain, he is very defensive and he knows nothing about setting an attacking field when it is needed. It was very obvious when Clarke and Ponting were dominating he did not attack, he opted for defense and used all defensive techniques like Kohli and Sehwag were used as bowlers.

India must also think of finding a new captain who is more suited for test cricket and that will save their team from taking a nose dive from number one to number five or six. The future of Indian cricket depends on younger players especially while Tendulkar and Dravid are in the team. It will benefit them a lot otherwise a defensive captain with defensive technique and approach will ultimately ruin the confidence of the team.

I am not writing anything about the bowling because, the Indian bowlers especially Zaheer, Yadev and Ashwin has bowled very well, it is FOR THE FIST TIME THEIR BATTING is letting the team down.

It is up to the bloggers to agree or disagree with my views but, I would certainly like to hear their views and opinions.  I have written what I believe.

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”Gustave Flaubert

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INDIA vs AUSTRALIA

During the last few weeks we haven’t seen any real quality cricket, even though Pakistan was playing in the UAE against Sri Lanka and now one is playing in Bangladesh and the other in South Africa there is no action, no aggression either they are one sided matches or totally and completely dull and boring. Jayasuriya was saying the Lankans will adjust and Intikhab was saying Pakistani bowlers will trouble England in the UAE. These are all ifs and buts.

So lets shift our focus towards the South Pole ….. I mean Australia and India series which will start from the Boxing Day at the MCG. Laxman was saying Australia’s aggression has always helped him in getting the best out of him. Tendulkar surprised Gavaskar by giving up a century – by retiring from the match and not from cricket – while he was in his mid-nineties. It shows the little man is in some form and does not care any more about his hundredth international hundred. That is a good sign. Dravid looks solid as he has always been. Dhoni, I am not sure about his batting form but, I hope he will raise to the occasion when it comes to deliver. I am sure Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will not make the selectors feel that they have taken a wrong decision in leaving behind Yuvraj, Jadeja and Raina.  And, Ashwin has to prove his worth in the team by not only taking wickets but, also by scoring runs. The two new fast bowlers Yadav and Aaron should be of some assistance to the senior fast bowlers like P. Kumar and Zaheer Khan.

The Australian team is not taking easy at all, they know that they have to pack up fast bowlers in the team and it is good to see new faces in their side, almost half of the probables for the Boxing Day match are new or making debut. Here are the names of the probable Australian team: David Warner, Shane Watson, Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Daniel Christian, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon. The names highlighted are the senior players whereas the rest of the team is relatively new. There is no Mitchel Johnson, Lee, Nathan Bracken etc.

The team looks pretty balanced to me and the young blood inducted must be roaring to perform especially Daniel Christian who is an all-rounder. There is one thing which is guaranteed here is there will be a lot of action unlike what we have seen in the last couple of months.

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