Today India loses the match against the Oz in just 18 runs short. Oz won the toss and elected to bat first. Right from the first over, they dominated our bowling attack. The entire Oz batsman regained their form and thrashed the young Indian bowling attack. They managed to score 317 runs in 50overs. Ricky Ponting hits his first century in this series.
Then India came to bat with a huge target. Once again Sachin was LBW by Bret Lee. Then Sehwag and Rohit Sharma followed Sachin to the pavilion. Then the most elegant left hander Yuvraj Singh came to bat and he fell cheaply to Stuart Clark. Then the Indian innings was steadied by the solid partnership between captain Dhoni and Gambhir. Dhoni departs after scoring selfish knock of 36 of 66 balls. Then Uthappa and Gambhir fought a lot but already the required rate hits the Himalayas. Gambhir scored a brilliant 111 and Uthappa scored 56. Harbhajan and Pathan also contributed some runs in the slog over. At last India managed to get 299 in 49.1 overs. Bret Lee once again took 5 wickets haul.
I don’t find any difference between the previous senior team and the present junior team. Here I want to list few suggestions to the Indians in order to improve in next match.
Sachin should be rested in the next match. Since he had played lots of matches continuously in this tour, he should take some rest and come well in the finals.
Sreesanth should be dropped in next match. He is not finding his line and length properly through out this series. Either Manoj Tiwari or Praveen Kumar should give another chance. It will add strength to batting also.
Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh should be dropped. For both of the player enough opportunity has been given. But they didn’t use it properly. Yuvraj is not all totally fit. We are having enough resources there in dressing room. It is absolutely mad to stick with these players. May be Dinesh Karthick and Suresh Raina should give chance.
Dhoni should play his natural game. Everybody knows he plays with his own style. He is not a player who can play strokes where there is a gap. He is a hard hitter. So there is no point in leaving the ball and playing dot balls. It is totally absurd playing dot balls and leaving the ball when the required rate is above 7 per over. At least you can rotate the strike. Earlier, Dravid did the same mistake. Now Dhoni took his job. Then what is difference between you two. Dhoni should play his natural innings if not, please come down the order and ask Uthappa to bat ahead of Dhoni.
These are the few points I want to suggest the Indian Captain to follow to win the next match. Still we got one more match to go. It is the must win situation for us. So act accordingly, rectify your mistakes, follow the above said lists and play wisely.