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    October 16, 2006

    A lovely sight

    It was lovely seeing Sachin Tendulkar in the slip cordon yesterday in India's opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy against England at Jaipur. He's always been a pretty safe slip fielder, but I can't remember him doing duties there for nearly the last half-decade, perhaps after his back started playing up in 1998/99.

    The huge worry remains the brittle batting order, a theme I've touched up on last season as well. Once again, three down before the 15th over, even if the target was only 126.

    If someone's figured out what on earth Michael Yardy was doing batting for England at #4 with Pietersen and Collingwood cooling their heels in the pavillion, please leave a comment here!

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    He's not a quick scorer. In the C&G final he played a crucial innings of 35 or so (took him a while) to take Sussex to a total of 172, which they defended. I don't think it was the right decision, but I think that was the theory behind it.

    By Anonymous Geoff (16-Oct-2006, 3:03:00 PM)  

    He's not a quick scorer. But he's far from being a batsman. I know he batted pretty nervelessly in that nearly-botched-up chase of 150-odd against Pakistan [was it the last game of the series?]. But still, this was a huge step-up asked off him, I feel. At least against Pakistan, he was coming in at more or less his normal batting position, far from #4 yesterday. I don't get why he came in. Was it to break-up the 2 strokeplayers [Flintoff & Pietersen]? But Flintoff was out! So Pietersen could have come in after Flintoff got out. I suspect the batting lineup had been set in stone and deemed non-negotiable. In any case, that's something India's doing too, with Irfan Pathan in at #3 every game! Some day the coach/captain is going to play a prank on him and send him at #6/7.

    By Blogger Jagadish (16-Oct-2006, 4:20:00 PM)  

    I 'm not sure about geoff's theory... but it was really a sight to watch tendulkar at slip point...with all that enthusiasm and passion for game....
    Neways, did anyone checked out the
    www.iccchampionstrophy.com

    Dam neat work..with exclusive videos,expert comments...n interviews of our heartthrobs,who put their soul on the battlefield..

    By Blogger cricket in blood (16-Oct-2006, 4:27:00 PM)  


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