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India vs Australia ODI Fantasy Update

October 30, 2009
"It looks better than the IPL trophy"

Dhoni with his fantasy cricket spoils

Hahaha Dhoni! What a way to crap all over my predictions. You must be laughing smugly in your hotel room and winking slyly at Raina, thinking about how much more awesome your keeping is than Paine’s and how you can hit sixes over long on with just a flick of your wrists.

Smashing the highest score by a wicketkeeper/captain against Australia and helping post the highest total against the Australians in the first innings is a good way to answer people. Good move sending Yuvraj ahead of you and coming in before Raina and then playing to the plan. Let’s see you do that again, make everyone happy you punter!

Ishant, earlier the uncertainty has now sealed his place in the side for at least another two matches which makes you wonder whether it was the absence of Sehwag which led to his dip in form or was it an actual fcking rooted in technical flaws dip in form so serious that it cost Venkatesh Prasad his job.

The curious Jadeja<Bhajji<Jadeja>Bhajji phenomenon in which Ravindra Jadeja has bowled better than Harbhajan who has batted than Jadeja  is causing some serious filips in the time space continuum. Here the designated batting all rounder and the aspiring bowling all rounder are eating into each other’s points and I’m confused if I should just get two specialists in their places and get on with it.

Australia will miss their all round strength. Hopes injured himself pretty badly in the first match and so did Brett Lee although Hopes is out for the tournament while Brett Lee is being rested as a precaution. Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson have both been ineffective till now although it’s about time for Watson to be warmed up and acclimatized enough.

The Delhi pitch should come as respite for the bowlers who’ve been subject to much violence in the two matches. If anyone remembers how the pitch behaved in the Champions League, this will still be the slow, low and deceptive track that teams slaved on to make runs.

Coming to batting, Australia must now also replace Tim Paine, reliable both in front of and behind the stumps after he broke his finger collecting stray missiles. Coming in his place is Graham Manou, no good as a batsman in international cricket so this makes Dhoni a better wicketkeeping option for your team unless you want to keep Manou because he’s so cheap and load up on other specialists.

This gives Shaun Marsh the chance to return to the top of the order while Moises Henriques can come into the team to provide an all round option they so badly need. Hilfenhaus who is a much better bowler in the right conditions deserves a match on this pitch but not only Bollinger has done well on this very pitch a few weeks ago but he’s also pledged to put in a 150,000% effort if he plays so that just wins the stats fan in me.

Gautam Gambhir‘s policy of using his anger to motivate himself is working out well. The idea is to make a significant contribution before being run out so that the blinding rage fuels the next big knock. This self sustaining reaction is serving India well while Tendulkar takes his time to start seeing the ball and Sehwag starts doing just whatever it is that he does.

Raina, despite his flashy cameo makes it to the team primarily because he’s the cheapest buy in the Indian batting line up. Everyone has made their claim to stay in the team on both sides but Australia will worry about Adam Voges.

If only because of the pitch the Delhi game will be interesting to see how India handle victory.

And how they play now that I’ve praised them all.

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