Yeah yeah .. One shouldn’t cry over spilt milk.
But as we sealed the series with a win in the second game today, one was still left wondering about wtf ( I still love “whiskey tango foxtrot” – and thats basically cos I cant dance to save my life) we were going through mentally with a far stronger team when we lost in the WC and actually looked like we “could” lose.
Anyway, on to the positives. Sapping heat and yet lots of singles and rotation of strike and all that. When one sees a opener – Gambhir – pace an innings through that kinda heat, it talks about a desire to win and thats good. Sehwag’s gonna come under fire for screwing up again but the team selection (Piyush Chawla for Sreesanth) shows that Dravid and Co believed that the quicks were the weaker link and needed to be targetted and so Sehwag had to go for it. Doesn’t change the fact that Sehwag’s been going for it and not getting it , but I think it says something for all the guys that say he’s doing it for Pepsi or Coke or Mayur or VIP or whatever he’s adjusting ….
In defence of the team and Dravid also – Dhoni had done his bit the last game less than 48 hours ago and still had a lot to do in the afternoon ahead. And yet he was still asked to go in at 3 and not just go hammer and tongs and get it over with so that he could come back and get a rest before he went out to keep but hang in there . Or at least so it would seem when you look at a 54 ball 36 from him and the lowest strike rate of the top 6. Oh, and well played too, Skip ! So all in all , a good batting performance on the same surface that Bashar had said 230-240 would have been good.
Bowling wise, I guess the end game from Mortaza and the bit of tonk that Yuvi got mauls the picture a bit butthe result was never in doubt from 86-4 in the 17th. Decent enough debut for Piyush Chawla and Romesh Powar’s still a more than handy ten overs. Dinesh Mongia’s gonna worry a bit though when the next chances come up but I suspect he’ll get one more chance to make amends in Chittagong on the 15th.
The test team arrives on the 14th and Shastri had mentioned that they were not looking for any replacement for Manoj Tewary but would call for someone from the test team if required. Given the heat, I doubt they will. I think though, that Dhoni will get some time off ahead of the 2 Test matches and Uthapa will get a game with the rest of it pretty unchanged.
Anything less than 3-0 would be like not making it to the Super 8s.