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Pick and Lose.

by Gaurav Sethi

Get your team wrong and you’ll be lucky not to lose the match. India’s team selection was flawed in the first T20 and only marginally better in the 2nd - but it still wasn’t the best team on offer.

The fuss over Irfan Pathan continues, and even though he won a recent T20 vs. Sri Lanka with the bat and his brother, and nearly did so again with the ball yesterday, look what he’s done in the last two games:

1st T20: 3-0-38-0, 12(14)

2nd T20 4-0-41-2, 15(10).

At best he’s a hit-and-miss player.

First, Irfan does enough to lose you a game in his first spell. Then he bowls a good spell of 2 balls in an over. And you’re thinking, here comes redemption, then the full toss, half tracker.

Face it, not easy to get a full 4 overs out of Irfan in a T20, less likely then, to get full ten in an ODI. And to be honest, he’s nowhere on the test radar.

For the ODIs too, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar make the grade before him.

Can Indian then, luxuriate in a player, who at best, is a makeshift, wannabe allrounder, T20 specialist? And while we’re at it, why not bring Agrakar back too.


Viswanathan said...

Egad! Ugharkar!

Gaurav Sethi said...

Ott, a good IPL, and bad boy could be back - esp if sharma is out, and they need to make the mumbai nos.