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    March 21, 2006

    Surgery for Sachin

    Some might heave a sigh of relief and some might be grossly unhappy on hearing that Tendulkar would not be playing in the seven ODIs against England. Whatever it is, that's the fact and an even more inauspicious thing is that he is out due to injury and he needs a surgery almost immediately. This makes way for young Venugopal Rao to get back into the side along with Munaf Patel. And, as you would expect, the squad doesn't feature Kumble or Ganguly or Laxman.

    All this said, with the injury, how is Tendulkar going to help his team in the historic chase tomorrow?
    Thus spake Ganesh @ 8:47 pm |
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    The Tendulkar we know, will be out for less than 30!


    By Anonymous Anonymous (22 Mar 2006, 2:01:00 am)  

    Even India fans that criticise Sachin do so because we are all aware of what he is capable of. Sachin can and should win games for India, and even his critics realise that a single session could turn India's fortunes. I hope that he can produce a knock that we all know he is capable of even to help India win a test even if that isn't tomorrow.

    By Anonymous Anonymous (22 Mar 2006, 3:58:00 am)  

    anonymous #1: Do you refer to what he will score today or his age? He's past 32 years of age now! :)

    anonymous #2: It better be today. It could be a long while before he plays a test. Two months out of action means he is doubtful for the WI tour. If he does miss that tour, September would be the earliest he plays another test, v SL

    By Blogger Jagadish (22 Mar 2006, 8:50:00 am)  

    This time, I somehow get the feeling that the injury story is false. Since, people would ask for him to be dropped from the side, he is citing the injury story and sitting away. So, when he comes back after 2-3 months, he would just walk into the team as if he scored 100s in the last series he batted.

    Is that all for the once-master?

    By Blogger Ganesh (22 Mar 2006, 5:16:00 pm)  

    Chomp chomp.. Thats the sound of me eating my words. Tendulkar made a fool of me by scoring 34 instead of less than 30 as I predicted.


    By Anonymous Anonymous (22 Mar 2006, 8:10:00 pm)  

    Ganesh: _YOU_ are saying this? Knee-jerk reaction, I'd say. Would the injury perhaps explain why he has bowled two overs this series and very little in the Pakistan tests? Perhaps he aggravated his injury while bowling in the one-dayers in Pakistan?

    Aj: Why didn't you predict 154? ;)

    By Blogger Jagadish (22 Mar 2006, 10:04:00 pm)  

    Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood barely bowled for England, either. It was a low-scoring series with only one out of six XIs selected having four bowlers, the rest having five. Tendulkar not bowling doesn't really seem to mean a great deal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous (22 Mar 2006, 10:55:00 pm)  

    geoff: Umm. That wasn't quite my point. I was referring to his injury being directly related to not bowling in these 3 tests *or* in the Pakistan tests and if his bowling in the last couple of one-dayers in Pakistan aggravated any existing injury. Bell and Collingwood aren't really "regular" part-timers since the rest of England's bowling attack can handle themselves. Tendulkar [and Sehwag when required] have always bowled reasonably frequently, even if only 10 overs a test, a lot of the time.

    By Blogger Jagadish (23 Mar 2006, 8:37:00 am)  

    Could India ever drop one of their star players without a Ganguly-esque situation developing. I think Sachin should be given more time in state games until he's ready for test cricket and not continually thrown in at the deep end.

    By Blogger Libero (23 Mar 2006, 7:10:00 pm)  

    libero: Sachin? Deep end? You're talking about Sachin Tendulkar, correct?

    By Blogger Jagadish (24 Mar 2006, 3:10:00 pm)  

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