Friday, 25 April 2008

Fleming IN Anirudha OUT

Stephen Fleming The inclusion of Stephen Fleming in the squad, replacing Anirudha Srikkanth, has set the rumour mills churning on whether Stephen Fleming would be included in the squad.

Changes in XI

If Fleming is going to play, we could expect 2 or 3 changes in the squad accompanying it. With the four overseas player rule, Fleming would be replacing Oram. (Since replacing Hussey or Hayden or Murali is pure madness). If so, we could expect one of the Indian batsman(probably Parthiv Patel) to be replaced by a bowler (probably R Ashwin or Shadab Jakati). But bringing Fleming into the squad makes sense, since he could easily counter the threat posed by Ishant Sharma. But my instinct says that Oram, if given an opportunity, would come good with the ball and bat in the match.

Badrinath - Press Conference:

Also it was good to see Badrinath given an opportunity to meet the press today. He was pretty confident and was unfazed by the prospects of facing up to Ishant. “He can bowl only four overs and I will be playing my natural game when I face him,” was the reply when asked about approach for the match.

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