Monday, November 24, 2008

Sachin's role in ODI team

I had argued in a column for DNA that the return of Sachin to the ODI team would be disruptive in several respects (Sachin's return is mistimed). Not surprisingly, it got a vitriolic reaction from the legions of Sachin fans. The Bangalore match, however, only confirms my basic premise. It is not that Sachin does not deserve a place in the side. But is the Sachin-Sehwag opening combo better than the Gambhir-Sehwag pairing? I don't think so. In fact, if Sachin had not got out when he did, we might have fallen short of what we eventually got. In the middle order, he would lend stability, but only if we need to consolidate. On Indian pitches, that is rarely a requirement. Besides, when we've already won the series, should Sachin's place not be used to groom a future star?

44 comments:

Straight Point said...

this is highly subjective issue which should be looked upon dispassionately...

in my team no one can walk into team after 8 months layoff straight in opening slot that too in series decider match...

but that's my team... :)

scorpicity said...

I think this was done to get him in line for the test series, so he can experience their bowling attack. Maybe if he gets a good knock in the next match, he can be rested for the remaining two.

Sam said...

wow man, ur predictions always turn true or is it that after watching Sach fail u altered ur post :P

The one thing u write abt seniors is plain prejudice.....Let Tests begin and then u d run behind poor Dravid.....

Sam said...

And do you mean Rainas and Sharmas to be the "future stars" ?

Karthik said...

Rohit Sharma is the unlucky one in this case.
I would in fact prefer to see Sachin open. Not because I think he is a great player capable of taking the opposition apart. But because I am convinced his inability to play good knocks against quality bowling will be exposed when he opens. I am sure he will struggle against England's best bowler Flintoff.

He will open the remaining 3 ODIs under Sehwag's shadow. If he survives Flintoff and company, he will let Sehwag do all the dirty work. He will safely take a back seat and play a dull and boring game and in all probability end up scoring a 60 or 70. I hope I am wrong and he fails miserably.

And oh, I dont care about Sachin's numerous fans. I think they all have their heads buried deep inside the sand.

Anonymous said...

can't agree with you more, Karthik, i think its time for sachin to be sent to wherever his numerous fans' heads are located. :-)

Sumit said...

sam, even if i can alter my blog post, i can't do that to my newspaper web column to which i've provided a link. of course, it took no great crystal gazing to predict that sachin would play for singles to get himself back in touch, rather than take advantage of the powerplay for the team.

Sumit said...

sp, yes that's a good point. some will argue that he was in good nick in the tests. but the point is to take maximum toll in the powerplay, which gautam and sehwag do in a selfless way. is sachin scores at 5 an over or even less, that's not good for the team.

Sachin's well wisher said...

Sachin is a selfish, narrow minded individual who plays for records and records only and does not think twice about ruining others' careers. Or Maybe he thinks twice or even thrice but is callous enough to do nothing about it.

The sad part is that he thinks he is good enough to be in the side. The truth is that his current way of playing and the manner in which he is getting runs currently can be emulated by any ordinary player who has had some experience of playing cricket, preferably at the Ranji level.

The sadder part is that many ex-cricketers sing his praises non stop, irrespective of his batting form.

The saddest part is that there are numerous fans who cannot see beyond a few innings played by him during his pomp, which was so far back in time when people used to live in caves and invented things that we now know as the 'wheel' etc.

The best part is that I can sleep well tonight after having written this.

samps said...

well, said, Mr Sachin's Well Wisher! reading your post gives me hope that not all Indian cricket fans are as dumb as sachin and his sycophants in the media think they are. even if you take the chennai Test, 'repectable' cricket sites such as cricinfo.com have headlined their story of India's win in Chennai with the blatantly asslicking headline, "Tendulkar century sets up famous win" — even a moron can make out that it was Sehwag's 83 that 'set up' the win, not tendulkar's knock, valuable as it was. Tendulkar's century was useful, as was Ganbhir's 66 or Yuvraj's 85, but the credit for making the victory possible can go to noone but Sehwag - and it was nauseating to see Tendulkar hog all the limelight following the victory with his cynically well-timed, faux-sentimental soundbite on dedicating the victory to 'Mumbai'. C'mon man, you go and play the game, and leave it to us to think about the meaning and backdrop of the victory in which you played a much lesser role than you want us to believe.

Soulberry said...

New year greetings to you Sumit.

Sachin's well wisher said...

Sumit, looking forward to more posts from you. At least your posts are refreshing in the sense that you do not sit on the fence like many other bloggers when it comes to one individual called Tendulkar.

Most bloggers including a few who have commented here conviniently jump to either side of the fence.

This post is about Sachin's role in the ODI team, and in 2008 Sachin did nothing of note in ODIs except very early in the year when he helped India win the CB series (2 good performances out of 12 ODIs). He was pathetic in the IPL and hid behind injury for the rest of the year until England turned up. In my opinion you are justified in questioning his place in the ODI team.

Jrod said...

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Rajesh said...

Sachin's inclusion is essential.
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Betfair Cricket Master said...

Nobody should have been able to walk ion, and blooding a youngster would have been much more responsible.

Oh well...

Mukesh said...

know that sachin has played well u will be silent for a while till he fails again

Cricket Bats said...

Sachin is undoubtedly one of the greatest cricketers of all time.

How can you exclude a man that has scored over 16,000 runs in ODIs?

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