Stray Thoughts 18.12.16- Aju Deshpande

Now with  , last Test Match between India v/s  England is on, a  few  weekly stray thoughts for you once again .

Like England has scored about 500 runs in first innings of last match when series is decided, is typical of a losing side saving the grace. Nothing to lose situation is best in any sphere of life . As history shows teams generally come alive in the last test after losing series only means the winning side has relaxed and losing side taking advantage of it.

Like Moin Ali is a good batsman but definitely not as good as no.4 should be . And if you see the greats like Vishwanath, Sachin and now Kohli   and others who have played for England at no.4  then it surely reflects England’s batting weakness.

Like if England has scored 500 odd then India will score 700 odd on this wicket and the match is dead as much as the pitch.

Like now there will one day series and India will win it with bigger margin with Dhoni and Company likely to join.

And like Dhoni or no Dhoni India will win one day series means MSD should take a  call about his retirement, sooner or later.

Like MSD is as intelligent as his cricketing abilities to understand this and knows pulse of public and selectors more than anybody.

And now that with series between Australia and Pakistan has started, it’s again a time to enjoy good cricket on TV and good cricket means both the teams having a good bowling side.

And that Pakistan is turning into good test side, will again have to search for replacements for great Younis Khan and Misbah  who deserve as much praise as Javed Miandad and Inzmam Ul Haq got during their career.

Like when Anderson said ‘Kohli has to score in England to be best in world’ he had a point but saying it when batsman just scored 200 smacks of frustration more than anything else .

And like recently Ganguli tweeted ‘ where is Dravid now a days?’ meant he was missing him like all of us.

And like Dravid was always silent performer even when he was playing and must be doing something silently even after retirement which might be more important than just buying football teams .

Like the news of young batsman Dhanawade being taken to custody is shocking after he spoke against Heli-Pad at play ground and is an eye-opener for all the politicians who have years after years destroyed play grounds for political functions .

And that the new generation don’t need any leaders to agitate is a good sign and star players need to learn a thing or two from upright young cricketers like  Dhanawde.

See you guys   next week with more ‘bakbak’  as  few days are remaining before old 1000 and 500 notes  become too old to use and turn into history  and effects of demonetisation continue to remain a mystery.

 

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