Note: This post was written prior to the World Cup 2007, just when the squad was chosen. Even though this blog is not about cricket, I couldn’t help myself back then… everything was about cricket. I decided to write more specifically on cricket in one of my blogs, where I even listed what I thought was India’s greatest ODI squad. However after we lost in the opening round, I retired from cricket writing. This post and the other blog posts on cricket are simply the residue. I hope we do well this time (well = finals or win), but I am not going to devote as much time to cricket. The last WC exit still rankles me.
Well, it was just announced that the cricket team representing India for this year’s World Cup 2007 is as follows (I’ve just arranged it according to the batting order that I would like): (this list is updated on Sunday, Feb 18, after the Sri Lanka series, where I have ‘restored’ Sehwag to the top of the order, with Uthappa coming one down. Hopefully they will give us a ‘good’ high-impact start. Tendulkar and Dravid stay in the middle order to maintain stability, with Yuvraj/Dhoni hopefully flourishing at the end).
1 Sourav Ganguly
2 Virender Sehwag
3 Robin Uthappa
4 Sachin Tendulkar (v.capt)
5 Rahul Dravid (capt)
6 Yuvraj Singh
7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (keeper)
8 Ajit Agarkar
9 Harbhajan Singh
10 Zaheer Khan
11 Munaf Patel
12 Dinesh Karthik (the ideal 12th man to strengthen fielding)
13 Anil Kumble (India can’t afford to play two regular spinners I think. Sachin/Sehwag/Yuvraj must take more responsibility for bowling. But if there is a killer slow track… then, only then, two spinners is the way to go)
14 Sreesanth (I hope things don’t get so bad that we need him in the squad)
15 Irfan Pathan (when batting strength needed, to drop whichever seemer is not doing that well)
The only difference from my earlier proposed squad is the inclusion of Sreeshant over Raina. I guess I wanted one extra fielder… but maybe the need is more for one extra bowler. Regardless… this is a lesson (in both theology and cricket)… we have to accept the decision that our leaders make for us… and move on and make the best of it.
For us spectators… we no longer have the luxury of saying we want this player, or that… rather, we too accept the decision and support our team as it stands… for better… or (dare I say it) for… (no I dare not say it)…