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The clarity of a selfish cricketer.

by Gaurav Sethi

Mahela didn’t do much for the first half of the IPL. Then Sanga, his Punjab skip, made him open - a hundred was followed by many more impact innings. That form continues into the World T20, 100, 98, he’s scoring like Dilshan used to, only more.

Then you have Gambhir, DD skipper. He drops down so Warner can open with Sehwag. Their opening doesn’t click yet Gambhir continues with them; both Sehwag and his form worsens, from patchy to scratchy. At that point, I did think it both selfless and stupid of Gambhir to open with Warner. Reckon the Aussie coach prevailed.

Now Gambhir finds himself opening for India. Facing his DD spearhead, Nannes. What does he do – not much, it’s been a while he opened; anything other than his mouth.

As for Warner, all that time spent opening in India, facing spinners, sure helped him. What does he do - rams 6s of spinners like he grew up facing them.

I don’t know if Gambhir realises it, but he’s lost his clarity, simplicity, aloofness. He should stop trying to be somebody he isn’t – drop the talk, bat.


vmminerva said...

Well said, NC. But I feel for Gambhir after all the selflessness. Strangely, this the trait for which this team was praised when they won the T20 World Cup in 2007.

Gaurav Sethi said...

VM, they can hardly win the 07 WC again.