Another Indian collapse!!

Like many in India, I do like (that is an understatement!) cricket. All too familiar, yet another Indian team seconding innings collapse today :-(. But, I think England deserved to win this match.
  • Electing to field first after winning the toss (hint of lack of confidence?)
  • good bowling by England. I like the way England bowled to the weakness of Indian batsmen (for example, bouncers)
  • good, patient second innings batting by England. Many thought they were playing too slow. I thought that is fine -- you don't always need to score at 4 runs an over to win a test match.
  • too many dropped chances by Indian team
  • too much of dependence on Rahul Dravid. He needs support from the other top order batsmen.
I think Indian bowlers did their job reasonably well. It is time for Indian batsmen to play against Munaf Patel and get trained against the bouncers?
Comments:

You hit the bull's eye with each of the assessments: 1)Choosing to bowl first =>lack of faith (and rightly so) in the batsmen's ability to negotitate swing. 2)The batting is now a one-man show run by Rahul Dravid - no one else know what spending time at the crease means. 3)Pathetic catching - you don't deserve to win matches after dropiing such sitters. 4)The selectors not having the guts to rest Tendulkar or Sehwag temporarily and inject some fresh blood into the team. What's most painful is the manner in which the batting capitulated without putting up a fight. It's the same people who are deified for every small victory in one day matches. People should start reacting coldly to such victories till they (the cricketers) display some consistency. And boycott products endorsed by cricketers, for a start.

Posted by Bharath. R on March 22, 2006 at 09:00 AM IST #

Hey stop with the complaining, England + 90's thats all i need to say. When it gets that bad you can start...

Posted by jpdrawneek on March 22, 2006 at 01:52 PM IST #

I stopped following cricket matches after betting scandal broke out. I do not see any point in watching a match all day and @ end of the day I see India losing could be because of not playing well or could be because any betting of players

Posted by Prem Kumar on March 25, 2006 at 11:36 AM IST #

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