November 21, 2008
Cricketing genius Sachin Tendulkar marked his return to the Indian Cricket team on Thursday when the inclusion was announced by the selectors for the next two ODI matches of the present India-England series. Tendulkar supposedly was on break of 8 months and played his last match against the team of Australia in March this year. He along with supremely talented bowler Irfan Pathan makes a comeback in the team.
However, another bowler Rudra Pratap Singh lost his place in the team after failing to take advantage of the opportunity given to him in the first three matches. How ironical it can get that Vijay Murali did not have a single match to prove his mettle.
Vijay Murali is an opening batsman from Tamil Nadu debuted in test match against Australia in Nagpur.
It will be Sachin’s first match since there was a spree of retirement among the senior cricketers of the Indian cricket team. Everyone must be hoping to get a glimpse of the batting bonzer that all of us have witnessed in the past. The entire prerogative will rest on sachin to silence his critics who keep on speculating about his future in cricket.
Irfan Pathan has been suitably been recalled in the team after he performed remarkably in the domestic cricket this season. Irfan was last seen in a one day international match against Sri Lanka in the month of August.
The national selection committee was supposed to choose the team for the remaining four matches for the current series being played. Interestingly enough on the brighter side if India manages to clinch the series in the next match at Bangalore the there are possibilities that some players gets rest and opportunities might be given to youngsters to showcase their talent.
November 19, 2008
Anil Kumbles’ decision to retire from the international test cricket has invited varied reactions from different quarters. If we see it from the positive side, the retirement of veteran leg-spinner has given a magical opportunity to the upcoming spinners in queue to showcase their talent and win laurels for the Indian Cricket team.
The departure of kumble from the international cricket has given more responsibility on the shoulders of Harbhajan Singh to preserve and carry on the famous spin bowling attack of the Indian team.
But Singh was also clear in mind that Anil Bhai (his nickname to anil kumble) sequestration after the Kotla test will in no way prove to be a distraction in India’s way of sealing a series victory against the resurgent Australian team in the Final test to be played at Nagpur.
Anil Kumbles’ decision to call it quits has evoked a lot of positivism in it as it will allow other spinners to prove their bowling mettle on the field. Kumble has built a legacy or fashion of sought which the other upcoming spinners can look to follow. Not only in his entire cricketing career spanning over 18 years, jumbo as he’s fondly called, has left a lot of optimism for the young lot of the Indian cricket team.
The long career of Anil Kumble has shown that regardless of discouragement and air of pessimism surrounding you as a player how through your dedication and determination the fate of a match can be turned in your favor. Apart from his personal traits, Kumble also enjoyed a good rapport within the team and was always considered a good motivator and an excellent leader.
The long career of Anil Kumble has shown that regardless of discouragement and air of pessimism surrounding you as a player how through your dedication and determination the fate of a match can be turned in your favor.
However, it is advisable in the near future for the Indian cricket team not to get distract from the looming landmarks in addition to further departures of the senior players in the future for the good health of the team.