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We never got to see the infamous Mumbai wicket come into action.

But then again, India had no Murali Kartik to do the part.

What do you make of this series?

Australia survive Indian tailenders, India blasts Australia, Dhoni and Yuvraj go back to 2005, India let their overconfidence do them in, Australia survive Sachin and 10 others faceless cricketers, India fail to survive a 8 30 start

Sure their were a couple of huge scores and one excellent match along with one Watson induced excellent match, but this series was too how should I say it? Nice?

When I heard Ponting complaining about the net services provided to him in the beginning I was rubbing my hands in glee waiting for it to blow up but nothing happened.

Dhoni’s too nice to say stuff, Praveen Kumar didn’t beat anyone up, and Harbhajan didn’t call himself the best batsmen in the world, Ricky’s become a model student, Yuvraj just seems to put on weight all the time, there was no Clarke around to charge Katich up, and I can’t even remember the other Australian cricketers. Screw them and their injury policy.

Now the only one who added spice was Siddle, spicy Siddle. I swear I saw smoke out of his nostrils once. He broke down too, what a pity.

Australia wanted to win, and they won. India did not like the 8 30 start so they were ultimately shit.

What is with a 4-2 scorline between these two sides. Do they like promoting a six match series or is it something deeper?

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The Indians seem to be in the middle of an injury crisis.

Losing Sehwag obviously hurt, losing Yuvraj so close to the tournament hurts even more I bet.

This should completely turn over all the strategies Dhoni might have come up with till now.

Of course, Dhoni has generally been at his best when hopes have been low. So, while chances of India going too much ahead in the tournament seem to be really receding what with the terrible fielding and mediocre bowling, watch out for that magical wand of Dhoni’s. And what Tendulkar calls his bat :p

I saw Pakistan’s bowling today, and if that Centurion pitch on Saturday has something in it for the seamers, India should really not take Pakistan lightly. That kid Aamer was absolutely fantastic, it actually felt like watching Akram in his prime. Forget that it was against the West Indies, this was high quality stuff.

It seems to be that age-old theory true again : India’s batting against the Pakistan bowling.

When I read the headline for this article, I figured he meant England’s top player.

But NO, he means the world’s top player. And it’s apparently hard to look beyond Andrew Strauss for the top cricketer of the year. I had to re-read it 4 times to confirm what I just read.

So here’s Andrew Strauss’s record for Tests and Odis since August 13, 2008 to August 24, 2o09.

Averages close to 60 in 14 tests, of which 7 are against the Windies. Won’t take that away from him, the other 7 were against Australia and India. So it’s pretty decent (but definitely not Player of the Year decent). Oh I almost forgot, he also lost a series to the Windies. Maybe that’s a qualification for the awards.

All his odi’s were against West Indies, and really did those Odi’s ever hold any significance? In any case, he averaged 43 over them.

These Ashes are given way too much precedence. All England luckily managed to do was beat a less-than-decent Australian team which had already been beaten comprehensively by India and South Africa. I don’t know about everyone, but the Ashes were among the least quality of cricket series I have seen. It was a matter of who could play worse. Except for the crowd atmosphere and Ricky Ponting’s innings.

I’ll just link up to the 3 other players ODI and Test Stats in this period along with Strauss:

Gautam Gambhir: Tests, ODI’s

Mitchell Johnson: Tests, ODI’s

MS Dhoni: Tests, ODI’s

Andrew Strauss: Tests, ODI’s

If you only look at these 4 players, the top player has to be MS Dhoni. Captained over all 3 series wins against Australia, NZ, and England, while averaging 55 in Tests. And had a phenomenal ODI year averaging 60 and again having a fabulous record leading India under him (17 to 5 W/L ratio). Strauss has nothing on this.

Among the others, Johnson was fabulous in parts, but blew cold too many times against India and during the Ashes. Mind you, a very useful batsmen still.

Gambhir had a really great year Tests (averages 80+) but a mediocre ODI year.

So it’s a no-brainer really.

But wait, had the ICC not been on crack, AB De Villiers and Greame Smith would have made this list and Andrew Strauss would not.  But they are not, and if I had to pick the award would probably be between AB and MS.

Just for the record here are Smith’s and AB’s records:

Smith : Tests, ODI’s

AB: Tests, ODI’s

Before I finish, just some priceless Robbie quotes :

“As it is, given the nominees we have, it is fiendishly hard to look beyond Strauss.

England’s captain now occupies decidedly rarefied air. Among batsmen who have led their country in upwards of 15 Tests, only five – Don Bradman, Jayawardene, Sobers, Graham Gooch and Lara – have averaged more than Strauss’s 56.14.”

Oh my god, rarefied air? Haha? And when did the player of the year have to be compared to batsmen way before this time.  And you have to check out the XI he’s put up. Please, please kill me. He’s got that fucker Broad in his XI.

If Strauss wins that award, oh no, so sorry, I’m going to puke now.

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