Monday, May 9, 2011

Time to test the Bench – 2 : Realignment of Stars !

A lot of DLF maximums, Karbonn Kamaal Catches and Citi Bank moments of Success after the “Time to test the bench” post, have forced me to make changes in my Team for the ODI Series in the Caribbean.
So here is my ODI Team for the West Indies Tour ! This is open for further updating till 13 May, the D-Day for the selection.
Who is out and why ?
Ravindra Jadeja will have to wait. Though he isn’t bad, someone better has come up.
Robin Uthappa remains the flash in the pan man. He has disappointed.
R. P. Singh has flattered to deceive. Will need a little more effort to make the cut.
1] Gautam Gambhir [Captain - He remains firmly there in spite of patchy form]
2] Paul Valthaty [In spite of indifferent form, he is in for the X-Factor]
3] Ambati Rayudu [He has proved his credentials. Needs support]
4] Virat Kohli [We know there isn't a better No. 3 right now]
5] Yuvraj Singh [Yuvi in India Colors is different player and we love him]
6] Suresh Raina [We don't have a better floater. A certainty]
7] Rohit Sharma [Done better since the last post and can't deny his talent]
8] Yusuf Pathan [IPL batting form getting better. He deserves a place in the 11]
9] Parthiv Patel [The Wicket Keeper. Continues to show utility]
10] Ishant Sharma [He has been good and improved. No doubt he is Future !]
11] Munaf Patel [I don't like his fielding. But the truth is he is bowling well]
12] Rahul Sharma [Most economical Bowler in this IPL deserves a look]
13] R. Ashwin [Though not great, he has been good. A better 50 overs bowler]
14] Vinay Kumar [Continues to work hard. Deserves to be support bowler]
15] Praveen Kumar [Needed for the street-smart experience]
The 11 for the First ODI
1] Gambhir
2] Valthaty
3] Virat
4] Yuvi
5] Raina
6] Yusuf
7] Parthiv
8] Ashwin
9] Rahul Sharma
10] Ishant
11] Munaf
There is a flimsy possibility of any more changes coming up in my team. But as the saying goes, Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties.
On Saturday, May 7, a youngster gave a professional verdict, “Sir, Isn’t Prasanth Parameswaran a great prospect ? Isn’t heMUCH BETTER than Sreesanth ? I think we should drop Sreesanth and bring in this boy. He is too good.”
I told him, “I think it is too early. He was lucky with a no-ball that got Sehwag. You can’t judge one bowler after 8 overs and say he is better than a bowler who has 70 Test wickets from 21 tests. Let us wait for Prasanth to perform consistently”.
Prasanth Parameswaran broke Stuart Broad’s record for maximum runs in an over on Sunday, May 8.
Govind Raj Shenoy for DieHard Cricket Fans

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