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Doubt Bhajji would be half as good playing for Haryana

by Naked Cricket

It’s taken some time, like a few dog years to unleash poor Amit Mishra on to cricket again. Trouble is, he was arguably the best drinks’ boy going – his Virgin Mary, bloody good.

Amit Mishra warmed the benches through the Aussie one-day series. Before that he replaced an ineffective Bhajji in the Champions Trophy, and did more than a fair job. I cannot tire of saying this, because soon his replacement Ojha too will be relegated to the spinners’ graveyard. Murali Kartik’s India career tombstone is particularly impressive. Just that there is no date of demise; appears his career was buried even before it began.

So too with Amit Mishra. And anyone else who claims to spin the ball or bowl slow. This is one of the reasons Ganguly refused to bowl much in spite of Toronto. Or why both Sehwag and Sachin are reluctant to turn their arm around, or for that matter, over the wicket. Why, even MS Dhoni, who jags them back like a boomerang, raised his hands, and kept to himself.

Back to now: Amit Mishra finally bowled outside of the nets, grabbed 3 for 16 of 6, and knocked Kerala for 93.

Mishra, look at it this way, you may not be playing for India, but you are for Haryana. And don’t we all know, that Bhajji isn’t even good enough for that.

Aside: During the Mumbai test, Jimmy Amarnath quizzed Ravi Shastri on Bhajji’s bowling – Shastri did not reply. Let us not allow Bhajji to get away this time. A slap on a cricketer’s face was bad enough. A slap on cricket, NO WAY. Ask more of Indian cricket. More than No. 1.

7 comments:

Mahek said...

Well you could ask for number two, that's one more than number one. But Harbhajan has taken care of bringing number two to the team.

Naked Cricket said...

Small mercies, he's not playing tomorrow's t20.

raj said...

NC, Ojha 2 -0-27-0. Dont you think his career is finished now? :-)

Naked Cricket said...

Raj, it sounds ridiculous but each time Ojha and Mishra bowl for India, it's with the knowledge that they'll need more than their best to stave off Bhajji.

They'd need Bhajji not to be just below par with ball, but with bat too. Then they'd need to be way better than him in both dpts + they'd need to do it enough times so SMG + Shastri cannot continue to call it an off day.

And even if they can't call it that, they would always have, Bhajji is a diff bowler when he gets a few wickets upfront.

It's criminal Ojha went for runs in a T20 - this will harm his test spot, the way Mishra lost his place in the ODIs/T20 becoz of that one bad test.

Not quite finished, but I see someone adjusting the curtains.

raj said...

Sad, NC, sad. The way that notion of Bhajji's experience, him being better because he can take a few tailend wickets - the unthinking way in which he is supported bothers me. The argument usually veers around to TINA. I mean, if Ojha and Mishra arent given enough backing, how are they supposed to groom themselves beyond him? Instead, Durby(I am not going to call him Harbhajan, he remains Durbhajan for me) gets the pardons and paroles, while the younger ones are hung without trial(Remember a certain Chawla?)

It is so sick - and the worst part is I dont smell a conspiracy or nepotism here. It is inexplicable stupidity of a collective set of people. How can such an obvious fact be hidden for years together - that Durby coasts along with less than average performances for about 10 matches and just when the dogs come sniffing, he manages one average performance, and that is touted as a super performance? What's happening, NC. Or is it that we at the BCC! are the madmen yelling at the messiah?

Naked Cricket said...

Raj, The problem with Bhajji is beyond his cricket, he has been a star for some time now - If you peep into Indian cricket, more so the last 10 years, it's the stars with strong media and corporate backing that sustain their careers longer - the Bhajji, Ishant, Yuvi, MSD, SRT are stars.

Viru, VVS, RD are not stars. They're the guys that have been pushed around more.

Homer said...

"If you peep into Indian cricket, more so the last 10 years, it's the stars with strong media and corporate backing that sustain their careers longer - the Bhajji, Ishant, Yuvi, MSD, SRT are stars.

Viru, VVS, RD are not stars. They're the guys that have been pushed around more."

Is this the twilight zone?

Cheers,