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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Pathan is Now An All-Arounder

The second test at Faisalabad has started and something interesting has happened. No, it isn’t that Pakistan is clobbering the Indian bowling attack – that was expected. And I expect the Indians will return the favor when their time comes to bat.

No, what is interesting is that India, for the first time since facing Bangladesh in 2000, has gone in with a 5-bowler attack. This means that Irfan Pathan is now an all-arounder: he will bat seventh and take the spot of a specialty batsman. And guess which specialty batsman?

The test also, in effect, marks the end of Sourav Ganguly’s illustrious test cricket career. If India continues with Pathan as all-arounder, there will be no spot for Ganguly in the squad.

Now this is speculation, but I can guess what the row between Dravid and Ganguly was in the last test. Dravid originally selected Ganguly to open and Ganguly felt he should have been warned that he was been put into this new position before the eve of the Test (like Ganguly warned any of his makeshift openers?). Dravid sensed that if Ganguly failed as opener, Dravid would be blamed for ending Ganguly’s career. He simply decided then and there that he would open. And then it dawned on Ganguly that he had copulated with himself. That is when he got into the big argument with Dravid. But Dravid had made up his mind: he didn’t really think Ganguly could respect his authority so he wasn’t going to change his mind.

But now Dravid has painted himself in a corner. If Yuvraj does well at number 5, can Dravid get back into the middle order? This is very interesting.

5 Comments:

  • Don't be surprised if he opens - a Manoj Prabhakar of sorts. Just hope he does not go the Manoj way :)

    By Blogger Nilu, at 10:03 AM  

  • Dravid is too versatile a batsman to be bogged down by uncertainties of his own batting position! He has shown time and again that he can adapt to any position!

    By Blogger Vikram H, at 4:46 AM  

  • Hi Nilu and Vikram
    Nilu: Unfortunately, now that Pathan is officially an "all-arounder" he is bowling like one. Hopefully he won't bat like a tail-ender.

    Vikram: Dravid is a tremendous player and could succeed in many positions. However, he is the greatest number 3 batsmen India has ever produced. I think it would be madness to mess around with something like that.

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 4:27 PM  

  • Hi Michael,

    It's time for Ganguly to leave in a dignified manner. He needs to realize that his time is up.

    I agree that Dravid should not be a long term opener for India, but if they play five bowlers every so often, maybe he has to open in these tests. Also, Pathan's bowling has regressed greatly in this series. His lack of pace is especially disconcerting. Let's hope he gets things together soon.

    Vikram

    By Blogger Vikram A., at 3:54 AM  

  • Hi Vikram
    Hopefully Pathan will be back to bowling well very soon. If bowls like he did in the first innings again and again, he will be out of the team no matter how well he bats. He has to tend to his day job first.

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 9:40 AM  

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