Team India stats according to cricinfo

Wouldn’t it be great to have access to all the stats of our players when we need them. Well I do, so I’ve basically compiled the links to the stats of the Indian Cricket team for the World Cup 2007 found on cricinfo.com Cricinfo is really a good (the best?) cricket information site and I have no problem pointing any cricket fan to their pages. More power to Cricinfo. May you always be good and free! :)

The following list is in the order of subjective (according to me) importance. This doesn’t mean that I don’t expect to see the others lower in the list performing, it’s just that on reputation and experience I’ve put them in this order.

Rahul Dravid (captain)
“Rahul Dravid, a cricketer who seamlessly blends an old-world classicism with a new-age professionalism, is the best No. 3 batsman to play for India – and might even be considered one of the best ever by the time his career is done…. But impressive as his statistics are, they cannot represent the extent of his importance to India, or the beauty of his batsmanship…”

Sachin Tendulkar (vice-captain)
“When he became the first batsman to score 50 hundreds in international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar established himself as the greatest of all Indian cricketers. Recognised by Sir Donald Bradman as his modern incarnation, Tendulkar has a skill – a genius – which only a handful have possessed…”

Sourav Ganguly (first among the rest. ps. check out this blog-entry on Ganguly’s return to the Indian team.)
“…Despite being a batsman who combined grace with surgical precision in his strokeplay, his career had spluttered to a standstill before being resurrected by a scintillating hundred on debut at Lord’s in 1996. Later that year, he was promoted to the top of the order in ODIs and, along with Sachin Tendulkar, formed one of the most destructive opening pairs in history…”

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (our 1st choice ‘keeper, is also India’s highest ranked batsmen in the ICC ODI ratings at No. 2!)
“…In just his fifth one-dayer, against Pakistan at Vishakapatnam, he cracked a dazzling 148 – putting even Sehwag in the shade – and followed that up with a colossal 183 not out at Jaipur against Sri Lanka in November, when he broke Adam Gilchrist’s record for the highest score by a wicketkeeper in ODIs. He made an instant impact on the Test level too, pounding 148 at Faisalabad, in only his fifth Test, when India were struggling to avoid the follow on, and established himself as one of the critical members of a revitilised side…”

Zaheer Khan (India’s answer to Shane Bond, we will need him more than ever to win us matches)
“…He might just as easily have come from the Pakistani pace stable: well-built, quick and unfazed by a batsman’s reputation, Zaheer could move the ball both ways off the wicket and swing the old ball at some pace. After initially struggling to establish himself as a new-ball bowler, he came of age on the 2002 tour of the West Indies, when he led the line with great heart….”

Yuvraj Singh (generation next, he maintains the balance between seniors and juniors)
“Generously gifted, Yuvraj Singh is looked upon as a strong, fearless natural destined for great things. Two months short of his 19th birthday, he made an almost messianic entry into international cricket, toppling Australia in the Nairobi Mini-World Cup in 2000-01, with a blistering 84 and some scintillating fielding. In time he was to supplement these skills with clever, loopy left-arm spin…”

Robin Uthappa (opener or 1-down, Uthappa has the opportunity of directing the fate of the Indian cricket team at the world cup. He could very well be India’s answer to the Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup Kaluwitharna… and that would be sensational!)

Harbhajan Singh (India’s frontline spinner, he is sure to make an impact through his bowling or batting… I feel while he will take wickets, his most important role will be to keep the runs under 4 per-over.)

Munaf Patel (along with Zaheer Khan… Munaf has the potential of shaping the course of the match. However, due to his inexperience, he may not be expected to shoulder the team’s primary burden to do so)

Ajit Agarkar (Agarkar has had his chances and he has not always capitalised on them. This time, he has time to make amends, not necessarily by destroying opponents… but by being responsible and not self-destructing!!! If he can hold his line, and do his job and keep his runs-per-over down to under 4.5… it might just get us to the finals!)

Virendra Sehwag (no longer the most signifant player on the Indian cricket team may be a boon for Sehwag. Uthappa has taken his place, now Sehwag can do what he does best. Play with his heart!… maybe, just maybe!)

BACKUP

Dinesh Karthick (India’s most exciting no. 12 at present. With Saurav/Dravid/Tendulkar slated to make centuries, he will surely be called to replace tired legs in the second innings!)

Anil Kumble (our greatest ‘test match’ bowler is also known for his commitment to the Indian cricket team. Because of his one-day form, he may not make it to all the matches… but may play a key role in a few if things start ‘turning’ for him)
” No bowler in India’s history has won more Test matches than Anil Kumble, and there probably hasn’t been a harder trier either…”

Irfan Pathan (India’s biggest disappointment in terms of planning for the world cup. There was a time he was the frontline bowler AND one-down batsman!!! Maybe, just maybe, he will get the opportunity to prove himself at the right time… if/when we need five bowlers)

S. Sreesanth (young and hot-headed, hopefully he will not be needed to bowl too much during the tour!)

ps. thanks again cricinfo.

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4 Responses to “Team India stats according to cricinfo”


  1. 1 ggwfung February 22, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    it’s a pretty stunning team, Team India. I hope they produce performances worthy of their pedigree at the World Cup. My money is on South Africa though. They are hitting peak form just at the right time, and they play as a strong unit.

    Should be interesting with the Australian team being in lots of trouble right now with injuries and the like.

    ggw

  2. 2 Thejas VR February 22, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    Calling tendulkar as “greatest indian batsman” – i believe- is an understatement.. He’s the greatest the world has ever seen. The long list of centuries, the never-ending stream of runs, some brilliant catching and his mind-boggling googlies have made sure that he’s reached an unconquerable position in cricket’s history.

    Regarding the team, i certainly think that its got what it needs to beat the best in the world. Zaheer Khan and sourav dada’s return compounded with the infusion of fresh blood with the inclusion of the likes of uthappa and dinesh karthik mean that india really are a force to contend with. Sehwag’s and pathan’s form are the only causes of concern.

  3. 3 Crichome March 12, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    Nice blog do pls checkout http://www.Crichome.com for latest in cricket news for this world cup 2007, live cricket score, forums, pictures and videos of this world cup …


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