Well done, Thanks a lot and now we want the old Kaif
Yes, we really see a different Kaif
now, but, I would be delighted to see the old Kaif who can score ducks and single digit scores at will. We would love to carry you in the team. Because, that's when the team kept winning and now your Kallis-like
fifties are killing the team and suddenly a major world-cup contender looks pathetically pedestrian especially against a team which can look superior only over Zimbabwe
. Thanks to Kaif, people have started to talk that there is little or no difference between the two teams. He almost lost the match for his team in the first ODI
and was one of the culprits in the second ODI
and was the prime criminal, to me, yesterday at St. Kitts
. When you have got your eye in especially after playing second fiddle to a wonderful innings from Sehwag, the team expects you to score some quick runs towards the end and ease the pressure for the others. In such circumstances, a 90-ball 60 should be converted to a 110-ball 90, atleast, if that initial 60 runs have to be of any use. If not, the 60 becomes completely valuable to the opponent. Dhoni, for a change disappointed his team and supporters, but you can expect him to blast the opponents very soon. With Kaif, would anyone dare to think on those lines? Ok, let him not blast the opponents - can he atleast make some authoritative and useful (for India) runs? Yuvraj's absence was very badly felt yesterday as his replacement, Venugopal Rao, looked completely out of place. All said and done, India might win this series. But still, there's a lot to think about the future for the team's think-tank as the world cup is nearing and also the coach has let out a few words.
One thing I can tell you is, if we're not winning Test matches and we're not a good Test match team by the end of 2006 (then), we've got the wrong people.
I hope those words don't mean that we would be a good Test team and devolve in the shorter form.