January 24, 2010

Wanted: An economical test bowler

As always Dhoni had Bhajji’s only wicket home delivered to him, Dhaka via Jalandhar. Bhajji’s only wicket was the last man, Rubel Hossein – have you heard that name before. You will from now, Bhajji knocked him over.

Bhajji, the most economical Indian bowler today, 1/48 @ only 2.54 runs per over, miserly. That’s what your strike bowler is for, to double up as your stock bowler – Bhajji, the strike, stock bowler. The true bowling allrounder.

Never mind that Amit Mishra. He may have been the 4th and 3rd highest scorer with his 14 and 50 in the first test, but it’s Ojha’s turn now. Next time it will be Mishra again. And so on.

And those 7 wickets that Mishra took, don’t make too much of them – he was way too costly, more than 4 runs per over. Bowling average of 22.5, not good enough either.

Mishra knows, he should’ve bowled better; he was lucky with those wickets. It won’t always be this way. As for poor Bhajji, he had it bad, a catch dropped off his bowling, baah! How could they – that’s his job, dropping catches.

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