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Monday, February 04, 2008

India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI: India Wary of Batting Performance

India is going to play against Sri Lanka today in the second match of CB series at Brisbane. Sri Lankan team is vastly experienced, while Indian is lining up with a handful of youths. So, it seems that Sri Lanka is slightly ahead of India in the match. However, this young side played in the twenty20 world cup and won the tournament.

India is wary of their inconsistent and often-fragile batting line up that fully failed in the twenty20 match against Australia and then failed in the first ODI of the tournament at the Brisbane against Australia. So, the inexperienced batsmen are being tested every bit of their talent in the Australian condition. Manoj Tiwary could not play well making an ordinary debut. So, if Yuvraj Singh becomes fit and makes it to the final eleven then Tiwary might be out of the final eleven.

The Hindu reported:

Yuvraj hasn't had a hit since the Perth Test and could be rushed into the eleven. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would like to bring Yuvraj into equation only if the weather is perfect. Or else he would afford him a few more extra days before India plays its next game in Melbourne, against Australia on February 10.

Yuvraj is the missing link in the Indian line-up as the first four batsmen are unlikely to be disturbed on Tuesday.

I think, Indian selectors should not have put out such a young team in Australia. I think, they should have been drafted in gradually. Sourav Ganguly was in good form, but he was opted out of the team. In this way, Indian selectors are affecting on the confidence of the team and it indirectly affect on the side. For example, there is no doubt that the Manoj Tiwary is full of potential. Now, suppose he plays today and fails again and gets out of the team without playing any more matches in the tournament, then can you give any assurance that he would be called up later on. There were many cricketers in India who remains in the dark, despite having huge talent.

I think Indian selectors should bring back the cricketers like Sourav Ganguly and draft one of two young players at a time, which will even be very helpful for the young players. A team needs to build up gradually. It is not possible to bring in a flurry of young cricketers and expect some quick success in this level of cricket. Anyway, I hope to see an exciting match today.

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