End of day 2 and we’re 384-6 – its been 97 overs of play when there should have been about twice as many. We’ve got them at about 4 an over. The “rest” seems to have done Sachin and Ganguly some good with both getting centuries. One gets 100, the other gets 101. And they both get them at about 60 runs every 100 balls. And speaking of 60%, thats about the chance of rain in Chittagong for the next three days, if you do a analysis of various weather websites and assign a “previously-achieved-success” ratio to them.
Dhoni’s still there scoring at better than a run a ball. Is that just him or is it the pressure or keeping his place that Dinesh Kaarthik (Karthik ? Kaartik? Karthik) is creating? If play starts 30 mins ahead of schedule tomorrow like it is scheduled to (my spider sense says thats less than 60% chance), and our tail wags, I’m guessing Rahul Dravid, his vice captain Sachin Tendulkar (yes, its official now) and their manager Ravi Shastri would accept that winning is a low probability option if we are to bat again? That would make 525-550 a useful first innings starting block and definitely something they would have looked at when play started this afternoon . But thats all conjecture. And its subject to the weather.
And so on to the I.V.Y. league. Why were VVS and Yuvi dropped ? Or was it rested? Lots of theories about it. My mind’s in political weekend mode (Tony Blair just quit, Mayawati’s gonna open Mr B’s tax files, George Bush is going to his ranch and my mid year appraisals are coming a month from now) so this is my theory. We had to play 5 bowlers. That was a given. Good. Positive. That left 6 places. Of these 2 were taken. At least for the first Test. By Mr Vengsarkar saying after the selection committee meeting that the specialist openers were Dinesh K and Wasim Jaffer. So thats 5 bowlers done. 2 Openers. 7 down, 4 to go. Rahul Dravid – 8. Too much flak for Sachin and Saurav -they had to be there – 9 and 10. That left 1 spot. Dhoni, VVS and Yuvi to chose from. And my view is that it was too political a decision between V and Y and so Dhoni won. As simple as that. I dont think it means anything. Because in terms of selection, this series really means very little. Sehwag, VVS, Yuvraj all have to find places in that batting lineup as the year goes by. From V & Y‘s point of view, the far more important thing, in my view, was the official appointment of Sachin Tendulkar as vice captain.
And that brings me to the “I” part of the I.V.Y. part. The part that I just don’t get. Irfan Pathan’s been written here in the past. And its not good form to repeat it but I just don’t get it. First he wasn’t selected for the tour. In either of the ODI or Test sides. Dropped from the World cup squad without a game. Then Sreesanth got injured and sent back. Still no call. (RP Singh got it). And now, Munaf Patel’s broken down again. And is being sent back. And Ishant Sharma’s going to fly into Bangladesh to get the experience and the opportunity. Irfan Pathan’s gonna wonder how he made it to 16th in the ICC rankings but really more than that he’s going to wonder what its going to take to come back.
Hopefully, he still believes that he has what it takes.