Substance over style!

Substance over style!

Thanks to Ojha and Yuvraj, India was able to beat a game Bangladesh team, rather convincingly at the end. Ojha appears to be all about substance over style, shows great control over his line and length and is never afraid to tease the batsmen with his variations in flight even in this batmen-friendly format. He showed today why he was a big reason behind Deccan’s victorious IPL campaign this year. A lot to like about him. On the other hand, Yuvraj, at least on this day was style and substance. He probably saved Dhoni more criticism that he fully deserved after promoting himself to one down and mucking around for a run-a-ball 26 with a very sedate Gambhir and almost taking the initiative away from his team.

Substance and style?

Substance and style?

It is no longer a secret that the pressure of captaincy has transformed Dhoni into the new “Wall” of Indian Cricket placing a Dravid-like importance on his wicket.  While this serves the team very well in both the Test Cricket and even the 50-over version, I am not sure if it is all that necessary in a 20-20 format. If Gambhir is the appointed sheet anchor-er.. (for Gambhir’s sake it better be to justify his Gavaskar-esque approach today) there is no reason for Dhoni to play the same role, not in combination with Gambhir!!  That was quite an inexplicable passage of play while those two were in the middle, though it all worked out in the end thanks to Yuvi’s barrage of lucid hoicks after Dhoni’s departure. Otherwise Dhoni would have had to answer a few akward questions. He is just better of letting Raina showcase his talent at #3 and slip down to his usual slot below Yuvi. The guy is still the best captain India has ever had and his ability to think on his feet and manipulate his resources on the field is clearly second to none.

Please dont imitate Dravid!

Please don't imitate Dravid!

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