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Friday, May 11, 2007

A day of wicket-keepers

India have somehow beaten Bangladesh. Thanks to a classy pertnership between the wicket-keepers, Dhoni and Kaarthick, we got out of a potentially dangerous situation at 144/5. It was not convincing alright. But then I'll take it. I am feeling a little better now that India have gone one-up in the series against Bangladesh after they cruelly got us kicked out of the World Cup(in hindsight, maybe we ourselves got us kicked out).

It was cricket in its classic sense. Nice competition and some great individual contributions. Actually I didn't like the 'nice competition' part. Bangladesh have improved a lot as a one-day side but if India should be competing against the top teams, I still feel we should have beaten Bangladesh a little more convincingly. One wicket during the Dhoni-Kaarthick partnership could have easily killed our chances of a victory. Anyway I shouldn't be expecting too much from a side that could not even go through the first round of a World Cup.

And the Indian quickies were pathetically ineffective. Not one of them could pick up a wicket. Yes, the pitch was slow but those figures of 7-1-54-0 which happens to be that of our strike bowler, Zaheer Khan, are unpardonable. Lots of work ahead for our new bowling coach, Venkatesh Prasad.

By the way there are some very interesting stats about the game over at cricinfo. One is about the number of singles Dhoni and Kaarthick scored which was responsible for the hard-earned victory. But the other one is more interesting:
Dhoni has now made 15 fifty-plus scores in ODIs. Among Indian wicketkeepers, only Rahul Dravid has more - he has 18 scores of more than 50 in games in which he kept wicket. These two are well ahead of the pack - among Indian wicketkeepers, the third place is shared by Surinder Khanna and Nayan Mongia: both had two fifty-plus scores as wicketkeepers.
That paragraph above goes to show how important Dhoni and Kaarthick are to the Indian side. A couple of years ago, with the kind of wicket-keepers that we had, this win would have been impossible. 

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