Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Team selections at the root of the problem!

As mentioned in an earlier post which Robin posted on my behalf, the composition of the team is what's seriously affecting the success of the team. The balance is clearly not there.

The battery of medium pacers is making our bowling too predictable. 4 medium pacers (Oram, Morkel, Sharma, Bala) is just 2 too many.

Don't get me wrong, what I mean by medium is someone who can't consistently bowl over 135 kmph.

Makhaya would clearly be a very good choice rather than Sharma. Though Makhaya's pace is not much to boast about, his bowling is fairly unorthodox. He bowls at a very different angle and was quite successful in India, so I don't see why he shouldn't be a hit at home when the pitches are really helping bowlers.

Morkel also doesn't seem very committed..his bowling lacks variety and he just doesn't seem to be able to hit boundaries when the team desperately needs them.

Murali Vijay would be a good option to replace him. I would put him at no.3 and push everyone else one slot down the order.

MSD has to realise that Badrinath is not a stroke player. He is good for rotating the strike and consolidating if required. He would be a better bet at No.4, rather than at No.7. That way he can really play his natural game.

CSK fans will remember when Badri made his highest IPL score of 60-odd last year. It was when the chips were down, we had lost 3 quick wickets and that was the perfect situation for Badri to really flourish! We ended up winning that game.

I hope MSD considers the above suggestions!


Ankit Poddar said...


for MSD's sake he considers your advice, in fact, the team selection problems was highlighted with the performance of Jacob Oram, who wasn't given a chance over Freddie, the failure!

Viswanathan said...

FDhoni should stop blaming the bowlers and realise that the defeats are due to the inability of players like Morkel and Flintoff to up the run rate when required.

Thiru Cumaran said...

@Ankit Poddar

You're right. Freddie just doesn't seem to be the type who can perform when he doesn't have a loyalty to the team (not the case with England and Lancashire). He didn't perform too well either when playing for the World XI in 2005..


Wish someone could get a printout of these posts and shove it in Dhoni's face when he goes for the presentation ceremony!

Chennai Super Kings Fansite said...

Yeah.. Dhoni is one of the major reasons for the loss.. Hope he understands it and start first understanding his mistakes..rather than putting the blame on others..