Injuries Are The Insult To The Injury That The Pitches Were
As if the humiliating and demeaning pitches aren’t enough, the bowling ritual performers in this series are now going out with insult of injury as the insult to injury
Muttiah Muralitharan and Dilhara Fernando are out of the series. Murali didn’t have a great series leading up to his injury which happened while he was fielding in the third test. Dilhara was the best Lankan bowler on display in the T20s and the first ODI which is when he injured himself attempting to take a return catch.
None of the Indian bowlers are having a good time since the tests ended, they wouldn’t mind an injury induced break. But you must field or at least attempt to field to even invite the risk of an injury.
Yuvraj seems unlikely to play tomorrow according to Cricinfo but India have Virat Kohli covering him. India’s worry remains the availability of Sreesanth. With Praveen Kumar’s gentle medium pace being slogged all over town, Dhoni might want to try out Sudeep Tyagi.
Sri Lanka’s problems are bigger at the moment. Their best bowlers are down with injury and the ones available are doing no good job. Welegedera will stay in unless Malinga is passed fit to replace Fernando. Mendis too could make it to the team unless Sanga decides to give one of Suraj Randiv or Muthumudalige Pushpakumara a debut.
Another issue they need to address is whether Samaraweera can do a better job batting higher than he does right now. Jayawardene has had a bad run in the limited over matches now and just a slog after coming lower down the order is what he needs to get his tail up.
Samaraweera could do with a substantial knock under his belt to show for the handful of matches he has played this year. The man’s been shot and he came back to make runs like nothing ever happened. You gotta hand it to him.
India too need to do something about Gautam Gambhir. Yes, Dhoni you fine batsman wicket keeper captain chameleon, you can blend in anywhere and you can bat at any position. Not all other batsmen can do that. Gambhir needs to bat higher up to do some real damage and sending him in below Raina is pure insult.
The forms of Sehwag, Sanga and Dilshan are just too good at the moment. Like anyone who followed the world economy in 2008, I am afraid of the burst but till then, one these three guys will be my trump player.
The Nagpur pitch saw the India post 354 against in October and Sri Lanka post 207 in a T20 just last week. This match is gonna be a big scoring one too and one of these guys is gonna score a century.
Of course, someone from the rest like Sachin, Dhoni, Mahela, Jayasuriya, Tharanga or Gambhir might step up too on this ‘win toss, bat first’ pitch.
For the bowlers, it’s gonna be flogging as usual. Zaheer and Nehra held their nerves towards the end of the last match. It’d be nicer to see them regain their wits earlier. Harbhajan, thankfully bowled well and got some fcking crucial wickets and held up one end without which the match could shamefully have been over much earlier in the favor of the Lankans.
Let’s hope the bowlers do one better tomorrow, anything less than 411 in each innings will be a start.
*The fielding on both sides has been fckall. ‘Young leg’ has taken his role as the replacement of ‘hardly see him misfield’ Yuvraj very seriously as far as fielding is concerned. The runs aren’t there, but the drops are and so is the swagger and intense self affirming swearing upon taking one out of seven catches.