Wednesday, December 21, 2005

No bounce for Agarkar?

What does it say about Ajit Agarkar that he was overlooked for the new ball in favour of an off-spinner, because the pitch had some extra bounce?! How can any self-respecting fast bowler, or even medium pacer, stand for that?

Think through this one - it was, at least according to Greg Chappell, not a move made because India specifically wanted the Sri Lankan openers to face a turning ball. It was because it was felt that Harbhajan could better exploit the bounce than Agarkar. I'm deliberately making mountains out of molehills, of course, but however you slice and dice it, that's a genuine insult.

Inzamam-ul-Haq must be turning cartwheels (picture that, if you can) in the thought that when his groundsmen prepare bouncy green-tops, his batsmen will have to deal with Harbhajan and Kumble while India try to counter Shoaib, Rana Naved ul Hasan and Mohammad Sami.

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