The Irfan Pathan dilemma
Every game that Irfan Pathan plays in, he reduces his chances of making it to India's playing XI during the World Cup. So, to increase his chance of playing a game, he should be asking the team management to not pick him.
But if they don't pick him now, they probably won't pick him for the real action anyway.
I predict that Pathan will play at most two games in the tournament - against Bermuda and Bangladesh.
He's bowling at around 115 kph. Fifteen kilometres per hour faster than what Anil Kumble possibly bowls after he's been administered general anaesthesia or a sedative.
It's easy to forget that he's only 22. He's not someone I'd call over-rated. He has the ability and the brains. Maybe it was a bad idea to pick him for this tournament
when he was clearly not ready to feature in it. Beginning from India's tour to the West Indies last year
, he averages 15.6 with the bat and 39 with the ball (economy rate 5.9 and best bowling of 2/20) from 14 games.
The other person who's cocked up in two consecutive games is Sehwag. Maybe someone should make them both injured and India can get some decent replacements.
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