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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Super Hit performance by Kiwis and Flop Show of Indian bowler resulted into Draw

Kiwis came in this Test Match with lot of confidence and that confidence helped them to achieve the result they desired.Coach Mark Greatbatch said before the start of the series that we are looking at 2 draws and I feel his boys have proved him correct by showing lot of character in both the matches they played at Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. All the top order Kiwi batsman except Ross Taylor are in top form now and I won't be surprised if they win the next test Match at Nagpur which is starting on Saturday. Looking at Kiwi performance, I must put question mark on the abilities Indian bowlers because if you are 'Number One' in rankings and consider yourself 'Number One' then you are expected to beat the number 8 ranked side and that can only happen if you pick 20 wickets in a match but except Zaheer Khan none of the Indian bowlers look like a international class. The way McCullum, Ryder, Williamson and Co. hit them and kept them at bay was very pity. After this match India will be under lot of pressure going into next Test Match. Main worry for Indians is the poor bowling form of Harbhajan Singh, off-late most of the teams playing Harbhajan Singh  comfortably and it seems Harbhajan has lost  bowling. I hope he comes good very quickly otherwise he will become another Irfan Pathan and probably lose his place in the side because we have enough batsmen in our side. If India have to win then Harbhajan have to contribute significantly with the ball atleast in home matches. Another worry for India is batting form of MS Dhoni which is now matter of concern, it seems Dhoni is curbing his natural game and playing under some kind of pressure but he has to understand that his technique is not that great like Rahul Dravid and he will not survive much with defensive batting, so Dhoni has to play to his strength  which aggressive batting just like Virender Sehwag. Now coming to performance of Sreesanth who talks about sticking to the basics and forget the same in the match. I think it is high time for Sreesanth to look at his performances and have to learn from his mistakes. Another zero is Suresh Raina who started his Test career with century but now struggling and problem with him is he thinks Test cricket is T20 or ODI game and try to play lot of shots before getting used to the pitch, conditions and situation of the match. Gary Kirsten have to speak to him and make him understand the test cricket otherwise he will also lose his place like Yuvraj Singh as Cheteshwar Pujara is waiting to get into the team. Beware Raina.

Looking at both the matches I am getting the feeling that India has lost the plot and they will going to lose in Nagpur as Kiwis are in top form, so my favourites for Nagpur is Kiwis looking at their performance.

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