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    November 18, 2008

    Collingwood targets 'inexperienced' Indian middle-order

    At the press conference before the start of the second ODI against India, Paul Collingwood, England's skipper until a few months ago, laid out England's plans of world domination competing in the one-dayers against India.The 'inexperienced' middle order that he refers to has over 400 ODIs between three players (51 for Suresh Raina, 29 for Rohit Sharma, 215 for Yuvraj Singh & 121 for Mahendra Singh Dhoni).

    I guess if he feels that way about the 'experience' factor, it's his opinion and he's entitled to it. So can we then assume that England will not revert to the oft-repeated 'inexperienced team' excuse if (or when?) they do get mercilessly thrashed in the rest of the series?

    After all, the England lineup for the first one-dayer had Ian Bell (50 ODIs), Matt Prior (28), Owais Shah (47), Kevin Pietersen (82), Andrew Flintoff (133), Paul Collingwood (149), Ravi Bopara (28), Stuart Broad (37), Samit Patel (7), Steve Harmison (51) & James Anderson (97).

    Update: Just realized that Kevin Pietersen is the latest entrant to the Cricket 24x7 Captaincy Clanger club. He put in India at Rajkot after winning the toss and watched them make a humongous 387, and obviously England lost! Only 15 other captains have done it, with Ranatunga & Ashraful having done it twice!

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    Just noticed the statistics you put on cricinfo! This means dada and the Indian think-tank lost us the world cup with a decision to field first against a rampaging Aussie team!

    Had we batted first, we could have atleast made a match of the finals. I uess the Indian think tank thought that it was better to chase since the last two World Cups were won by teams batting second!

    By Blogger Mayuresh Gaikwad (18-Nov-2008, 1:29:00 PM)  


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