..only second to Bravo about how underrated this guy is.

..only second to Bravo about how underrated this guy is.

While SriLanka engineered a clinical win against Pakistan behind the exploits of an underrated Dilshan and inexplicably overlooked chucker in Malinga, Bravo showed why he is the most underrated limited overs player in the world.  Not only is he a very good bowler who is hard to hit for runs, he smacked the Indian bowlers around today to get his team the win with an over to spare.  It was looking like a difficult task after Gayle departed, but Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Yousuf Pathan and my hero Pragyan Ojha all bled for untimely runs.  Well done Bravo!

..most underrated limited overs Cricketer hands down!

..most underrated limited overs Cricketer, hands down!

I want to focus on M.S Dhoni here for a second, because more preposterous than his batting were his post game comments after the loss.

We didn’t get a good start, me and Yuvraj tried to turn it around. I should have stayed for the slog….

Dude, you hit 11 from 23 balls.  Yes, 11 from 23! And the only reason the team reached 150+ was because the rest of the players who followed you tore the cover off the ball and made it respectable.   Lets check some stats here, courtesy Cricinfo…

Partnerships – India innings
Wkt Runs Overs RR Player Player Start End
1st 12 1.2 9.00 RG Sharma (5) G Gambhir (7) 1/12 (1.2)
2nd 15 2.3 6.00 SK Raina (5) G Gambhir (7) 1/12 (1.2) 2/27 (3.5)
3rd 2 0.3 4.00 G Gambhir (0) Yuvraj Singh (2) 2/27 (3.5) 3/29 (4.2)
4th 37 7.5 4.72 MS Dhoni (11) Yuvraj Singh (26) 3/29 (4.2) 4/66 (12.1)
5th 64 5.3 11.63 Yuvraj Singh (39) YK Pathan (23) 4/66 (12.1) 5/130 (17.4)
6th 10 1.3 6.66 YK Pathan (8) IK Pathan (2) 5/130 (17.4) 6/140 (19.1)
7th 1 0.2 3.00 IK Pathan (0) Harbhajan Singh (1) 6/140 (19.1) 7/141 (19.3)
8th 12* 0.3 24.00 Harbhajan Singh (12) Z Khan (0) 7/141 (19.3) 7/153 (20.0)

When Dhoni was out the score was 4/66 in 12.1 overs.  So, the rest of the batsmen (well, primarily Yuvi) after his departure scored 87 in 8 overs, thats 87 runs in 48 balls.  Contrast that with the captain’s 11 from 23 balls and you see why I am befuddled, both by his batting and his comments later.  Granted with 3 early wickets, there had to be a partnership established, but this is 20-20.. you snooze you lose.   I am tempted to say that  Dhoni’s transformation into Dravid is complete, but Rahul might take umbrage to that.  His approach still hasn’t reached the heights of Gavaskar carrying the bat through 60 overs for a 36 not out in a 1975 World Cup game, but he is getting there.  I still think he is a great captain, but that responsibility has pretty much killed that carefree destructor of the Cricket ball who used to back himself to go after the bowling all the time.

..not a role model for Dhoni to emulate in T20!

..not a role model for Dhoni to emulate in T20!

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