Indian Cricket Team – Playing Gully cricket or International cricket

9 Dec

It’s quite shocking and disheartening to see the way Indian team is playing in the current series (2012) against England on their home soil. Batting, Bowling or Fielding, England cricketers have outplayed Indians in all the departments. On the pitch where Indians are having a tough time batting, England players seem to be enjoying every bit of their batting. Indian bowling looks pretty ordinary and fielding is definitely below par. The below average performance of Indian cricketers have forced us to ask why these players are performing so badly, has the Twenty-Twenty mind-set taken over, is the lack of participation in Ranji Trophy the reason? The one and only big reason behind their failure is lack of hard work and their arrogant attitude towards improving their games. Probably Indian players are happy with the money they are making in the T20 and care less about the effort required to win test matches

Here is some analysis of performance of Indian players in the series so far:

Virender Sehwag:

Virender Sehwag CartoonProbably one of the most explosive batsman of modern cricket who tries to hit each and every ball out of the park. Throws his wicket for no reason, a lazy fielder who simply hates to run behind the ball. Has the bowling ability but no guts to bowl in big matches, cricket pundits say Dhoni never gives him the ball but Shewag being a senior player definitely not requires green signal from Dhoni to experiment his spin on the field. His ‘I don’t care’ attitude on the field is quite visible, always seems to be smiling but surely has a lot of internal ego to conquer. Not a hard worker, a peeping tummy is a proof of lack of hard work and efforts he puts in off the field.

Performance against England:
Match 1: 117(117), 25(21)
Match 2: 30(43), 9(14)
Match 3: 23(26), 49(57)

He last played a Ranji Trophy match in November 2012 and before that he had played one Ranji match in 2008. Surely Ranji Matches are least prioritized item on his plate. Ironically he is also the captain of Delhi Ranji team.

Gautam Gambhir:

Gautam Gambhir CartoonA good technical batsman who can play all forms of spin bowling. Lazy in running between the wickets so definitely cannot run behind the ball in the field like cricketers of other countries. Cannot bowl so if his batting flops his contribution towards the team comes down to ZERO.

Performance against England:
Match 1: 45(111), DNB
Match 2: 4(2), 65(142)
Match 3: 60(124), 40(104)

He last played a Ranji Trophy match in November 2012 and before that he had played two Ranji matches in 2008. Like Shewag Ranji Matches are least prioritized item on his plate.

Cheteshwar Pujara:

Cheteshwar Pujara CartoonYoung cricketer with lot of promises stored in for future. Dropped a lollypop catch of Cook when he was in his early 20s in the third test match, if taken probably this article would never have been written. Shocking to see a young player like him missing a catch. Does not bowl, not so sharp in field like Kohli, if his batting flops his contribution towards the team comes down to ZERO.

Performance against England:
Match 1: 206(389), 41(51)
Match 2: 135(350), 6(5)
Match 3: 16(48), 8(22)

Has been playing lot of Indian Ranji matches and surely the results are quite visible from his performance against England.

Sachin Tendulkar:

Sachin Tendulkar CartoonGod of cricket going through a bad patch of his career. Cannot field, dive or run like other cricketers  of his same age like Dilshan from Sri Lanka. Does not bowl so if his batting flops his contribution towards the team comes down to ZERO.

Performance against England:
Match 1: 13(18), DNB
Match 2: 8(12), 8(19)
Match 3: 76(155), 5(6)

He last played a Ranji Trophy match in Novemner 2012 and before that he had played two Ranji matches in 2009. Surely after playing constantly for India Ranji Match is least prioritized item on his plate.

Virat Kohli:

Virat Kohli CartoonFuture of Indian cricket, still cannot handle pressure and tense match situations. Pretty good in field, at least he contributes in some form if his batting flops. Can bowl but not confident enough to bowl in big games.

Performance against England:
Match 1: 19(67), 14*(21)
Match 2: 19(55), 7(13)
Match 3: 6(24), 20(60)

He last played a Ranji Trophy match in November 2012 and before that he had played few Ranji matches in 2010. Ranji Match seems to be least prioritized item on his plate.

Yuvraj Singh:

Yuvraj singh CartoonFighter of Indian cricket, made a comeback after a long time in test cricket. Attacking batsman who still has to prove his maturity and confidence in big games and critical situations. Can bowl but cannot perform consistently. Was a great fielder but considerably lost his agility in the field.

Performance against England:
Match 1: 74(151), DNB
Match 2: 0(2), 8(10)
Match 3: 32(54), 11(17)

Last played few Ranji matches in 2010

MS Dhoni:

MS Dhoni CartoonCaptian cool, too much dependent on the performance of his team. A good wicket keeper so does contribute towards the team irrespective of his batting performance. Test match batting performance going down match by match.

Performance against England:
Match 1: 5(37), DNB
Match 2: 29(64), 6(17)
Match 3: 52(114), 0(3)

He last played a Ranji Trophy match in March 2005 and never played a single match after that. Like others Ranji Match seems to be least prioritized item on his plate.

R Ashwin:

R Ashwin cartoonSuppose to be the next Harbhajan Singh of India, but looks like he is targeting to be the next Sachin Tendulkar. One of the slow fielders in the team who has no worries about improving his fitness.

Performance against England:
Match 1: 23(52), DNB : 3/80, 1/111
Match 2: 68(114), 11(10) : 2/145, 0/22
Match 3: 21(43), 83*(151) : 3/183, DNB

He last played a Ranji Trophy match in November 2012 and before that he had played few Ranji matches in 2010. Ranji Match seems to be least prioritized item on his plate.

Pragyan Ojha:

Pragyan Ojha CartoonCan only bowl, no fitness level in the field. If bowling flops his contribution towards the team comes down to ZERO. Not a threatening spinner.

Performance against England:
Match 1: 5/45, 4/120
Match 2: 5/143, 0/16
Match 3: 4/142, DNB

Played one match each in 2011 and 2012 in the Ranji Trophy and before that played just 2 matches in 2009 season.

 

 

Zaheer Khan:

Zaheer Khan CartoonCan only bowl, no fitness level to field, can’t slide to stop the ball. If bowling flops his contribution towards the team comes down to ZERO. Can’t bowl 140K, no more a threat to batsman.

Performance against England:
Match 1: 1/23, 2/59
Match 2: 0/37, DNB
Match 3: 1/94, DNB

Played one match in 2012 and two matches in 2011 in the Ranji Trophy, before that played 4 matches in 2009 season.

 

 

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