India just short balled out of the ICC T-20 Cricket World Cup

India and Dhoni just lost it ! Expect a Swift and Strong Media and Public Backlash in India 

I penned this blog title before the last ball was bowled!

We lost to England in a crunch Super 8 game by just 3 runs!… We needed 154 to win and 19 of the last over… We got just 15 !..4th ball was hit for a six by Pathan… fifth ball he hit to Long On and just a single was taken ! when Going  for Two would have put some pressure on the fielder ! and given strike back to Pathan… who knows ! he could have hit the last ball for a Six and tied the game !… what actually happened was that we needed an impossible 8 to win of the last ball and Dhoni managed a Four.We ended at 150/5 chasing England’s 153/7.

Dhoni needs to shoulder full responsibility as a ‘completely out of clue’ captain ! Get Anil Kumble back ! he commented on this lack of Intent in going for Two runs on the penultimate ball 

Dhoni, himself seems to have lost the art of hitting sixes on call or frequently !…. so vital to facilitate a win in the T-20 Format….. there was no real killer instinct to win !… they were playing matter of fact… no sense of intensity or even enjoyment…something is amiss in this Indian Team ! It seems divided !… Dhoni, you paraded your team last week to show unity and dispel Indian Fears of a split in the Team….This spirit was not evident on the field !

Dhoni needs to answer himself first before he answers the nation

He boasts in the Aircell ads how while playing Cricket he connects on Facebook through his Mobile to connect with Friends and have fun….. I wish he had connected with me on Facebook… I could have conveyed to him to bring Yuvraj in early to Bat… we would have won the Game.  

He held back the in form Yuvraj Singh till late… Jadeja scored 20 + but took over 30  balls to do it !Rohit Sharma and Raina failed in two consecutive games. Yuvraj came in at 4 down after 10 overs and hit the first ball he faced for a Six! he scored a quickfire 17 in Nine Balls before a brilliant Foster stumping of Swann got him.

And if you see the margin of just 3 runs that seperated us,I must comment harshly on Harbhajan Singh needlessly gifting away 10 runs by bowling two unnecessary wides that went on to cross the fence with Yuvraj misfielding one of these.

And Ishant continued to bowl short… and surprisingly Zaheer gifted easy boundaries continuing to bowl a wrong legside line  read more

A Chris Broad inspired Cricketing Thought for Tuesday

Methinks both our Openers,Ishant Sharma in Bowling and the Debutant,Murali Vijay in Batting should thank the Match Referee,Chris Broad for banning Gautam Gambhir for one test match for elbowing Shane Watson deliberately in the field of play

With back to back Centuries,Gautam Gambhir was in prolific form and would have loved the Nagpur Track and was a strong and leading contender for the Man of the Series and the luxurious Toyota Altis Car that went with it.

Gambhir had to sit out the Nagpur Test as the ICC adjudicator also upheld the ban…..Ishant Sharma went on to take some more wickets taking his tally to 15 for the series and was declared the Man of the Series and won the Toyota Altis

Murali Vijay,in great form in domestic cricket,was inducted into the team as an opener in place of Gambhir and showed he has the technique,temperament and stroke play to make it at the highest level 

Chris Broad in trying to undo India,gave us M Vijay !

Last I heard was Ishant and Vijay funding Chris Broad’s Goa Trip and Gautam Gambhir planning to sue Broad for a Toyota Altis and Broad appealing to Toyota Kirloskar to save him by giving the Car to Gambhir too !

Just a Cricketing Thought !