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Does the West Indies Tour Matter?

by Bored Guest

The Indian team have made a trip to the Caribbean for a tour of four one-day internationals. I suppose the cricket powers-that-be have some reason to conduct this one-day series, but it does seem to be a throwaway series.

India is playing without a few key members. Sehwag and Raina are the obvious ones to miss out, while in-and-out Tendulkar is also missing. With the shrunken team already cooked solid after the 6-week IPL and the World Twenty20, will they have any motivation to perform well? The same goes for the West Indians who have played against England at home, then some in the IPL, then in the Tests, one-dayers and World Twenty20 in England. But they do have the home advantage while the Indians are traveling.

Luckily for India, it is a 4-match series, likely to end 2-2 so that no harm done to either team. Problem is, if you lose, you lose 3-1 which sounds like a drubbing. I don't see the West Indians losing that way, but with this low-strength Indian team, it is a high possibility.

So the $53,456 dollar question: Considering the high-risk, low-benefit situation, should Dhoni incur a self-inflicted injury and crash out?


by Krish

10 comments:

straight point said...

the stakes are too high krishna...

as i said in my recent comments here at bored...broadcasters and sponsors are having more and more say the way tours are organized and even the teams are selected...

Prafs said...

i don't know what purpose a 4 match series serves.
i think we are gonna see some rather lethargic cricket from both sides, given the tired bodies and minds that both teams are carrying

Megha said...

I call it the Fake ODI Series

Q said...

Thats it? 4 ODIs? No tests?

What kind of tour is this? U fly across the world to play 4 ODIs?

Wat a joke!

straight point said...

lol megha... :)

Megha said...

Q

I checked cricinfo twice and then went on to 2 other sites to make sure the tour fixtures were OK...

even 5 ODIs would have been a tad better than this...or maybe not! At least this way we *know* it's a joke....

raj said...

This is not high risk, low benefit SP. A disinterested West Indies might disintegrate, and give Dhoni a 3-0 win even with the depleted team containing the likes of Badri, Vijay and Karthik. Then his magician tag will be back again. Now, a test series - that is a hard job. Expect MSD to skip it - especially if it is not in India

Superunknown said...

not quite but then we cant do much abt it. so lets njoi what we have got.

MSD skipping SL test series is a non issue now. Before India play next Test series, the entire team would have had ample amount of rest.

And magician tag of MS didnt come for free. Winning Tests against England, Aus and NZ wasnt fluke.

Krish said...

@Straight Point, if the broadcasters/sponsors want to really benefit, they should try scheduling tours that are meaningful to viewers.

@Prafs, I too hate the even-numbered series. They seem to almost will the teams to fight it out to a draw.

@Q, think of it this way: It is a vacation for the whole team. A trip to the Caribbean.

Naked Cricket said...

Matters so little that even if India went down 3-1, the media will be on to some new IPL angle.

So basically nuthin that Ind or the Windies do here matters.

If a few games get rained off, could improve the Wimbledon coverage.