1st ODI: Rain robs India their best chance of win

Posted: September 3, 2011 by The CouchExpert in Cricket, India in England 2011
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 Goutham Chakravarthi

 3 September 2011


Finally a day where India had the better of England and the game was called off! The end result is not that India are yet to beat England but may have lost another player, Rohit Sharma, to injury. It is a tour that simply won’t go right for India. And for DRS!

India were jolted early with news of Tendulkar pulling out after complaining of pain on his big toe. He is to consult a specialist on Monday and knowing the history of the injury, he might be advised rest. It seems there is nothing India can do to stop injuries. Putting eleven fit men on the park seems a bigger issue for the team these days.

Rahane and Patel have given India good starts in successive games

Amid all the chaos, India has stumbled upon an unlikey opening pair who have kept the English seamers at bay for two matches in succession. Rahane is highly rated in the Indian circuit and is a man coming with runs behind him in Australia recently. He has looked confident and in the company of the very gritty Parthiv Patel countered the conditions and the English quicks with aplomb. It was not a quick wicket but did offer enough nip for bowlers with the new ball.

If you looked at the highlight reel of Parthiv Patel’s innings a few years from now, you would think he played a pull or hook to each of the 107 deliveries he faced! England were convinced for whatever reason that he couldn’t play the short stuff for the second game in a row and kept bouncing him and Patel kept pulling them for fours. Closing in on a deserved hundred, he nicked a wide half volley that Anderson bowled which looked like the first delivery they pitched up to him in two games now. All this makes you wonder why he wasn’t chosen as the back-up wicket-keeper and opening batsman for the Tests.

Another positive for India from this game would be the form of Raina. He seems comfortable in this format. He looked confident throughout and controlled the batting powerplay. An astute slow bouncer by Dernbach ended his innings. But he looked in control while he was at the crease.

Rohit Sharma’s loss will be a blow forIndia. It might do India good if Dhoni pushes himself to no.4 for the rest of the series. Once he is in, he controls the middle overs like few can in world cricket. Batting at no. 7, he is doing himself and his team a great disservice. India are out of options and Rohit’s injury might force him to bat at 4.

India looked good with the ball too with Praveen Kumar continuing to mesmerize English batsmen with his swing and nip. He accounted for Cook, who looked ill at ease in his brief stay, and Kieswetter, who couldn’t pick Praveen’s swing. When rain intervened, India had had the upper hand and looked poised to finally put one over England this tour. The long batting line-up would have been tested to chase down the Indian score after a slow start.

India finally look to be hitting their strap with the induction of a new personnel. They will do well to put a couple of people who have played well in Australia recently on stand by even as a final call the injuries of Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar will be made shortly.

  1. issacn says:

    Actually PP’s first good game – also, could have been out very early. Rahane – complusive but good puller – again falls with deep set fields. Kohli pulling and edging to where slips would have been – was dismissed earlier in same fashion. Sachin & Dravid will find themselves in XI and that pushes Kohli to No 5 so, Dhoni CAN’T get higher than No. 5. The guy is also in persistent, poor form. Doesn’t look too bothered to do anything about it either!!

    Tail of India is truely pathetic (Not much good with bowling and fielding- edit) – thus, putting a huge onus of Raina to do the “impossible” of increasing momentum, keeping his wicket in tact and hoping for good support. Overall, the batting is sub-optimal – except for PP & Rahane in this case – as it relies heavily on the big hitting of Suresh Raina to get a good score.

    Lastly, Manoj Tiwary is likely to be selected as he was there in the WI tour. A good choice methinks.

    PS: England have a big edge with their Nos. 8-11. India priority should be to get ahead in key Nos 8-11. Instead of obsessing on some B-rated batsmen (past failures and EPT included).

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    > good athletes & good fitness record
    > top rated with specific skills within bowling
    > fast bowling reserves

  2. thecognitivenomad says:

    Dhoni at 4? Strong call GC – not on English wickets, no!

    I’m not saying that is the wrong thing to do, but you’re robbing yourself in broad daylight by doing so. 5 maybe? Yes, there’s a difference.

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