Anil Kumble (captain), Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Vangipurappu Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ishant Sharma, Pankaj Singh, Dinesh Karthik
The squad according to me looks pretty much balanced .Opening looks solid with jaffer in tremendous form and i dont know whether dravid will open with him or not , if he opens then i guess the opening stand can be really good .Middle order is as lethel as it can be .Saurav (in great touch), tendulkar (whose commitment can never be doubted) ,Lakshman (a real pain in the asses of aussies) and Dhoni (with his unusual and aggressive style of play ) make the middle order one the best in the world . And of course yuvraj has the ability to replace anyone of them in case of any unavoidable circumstanses. The search for a natural all rounder has been a real difficulty for the selectors. This never pursuit ended after the introduction of irfan pathan and now after having even a century under his kitty he can really claim as one. Dinesh karthik could be useful in tracks and conditions that australia have but i hardly see any chances for him unless there’s an injury. I though ajit agarkar could have been selected in place for ishan sharma. Ajit could swing the bowl well which is the only hope against the mighty australian line up .But selectors may have some other things in mind.So overall the team looks quite good and had looked never better for taking on the champions of the game.
Australian Squad for the first test
Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Stuart Clark, Michael Clarke, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hogg, Mike Hussey, Phil Jaques, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait.
Well, i cant say much about the australian team .Their performance speaks much about them. I have always wondered how every newcomer that australia brings becomes a hero for them take the example of Hussey ,Micheal clarke ,and ow recently struat clarke .everyone plays the part in their team.Frankly speaking i dont think the Australian side is that much powerfull ,its just their commitment and confidence that makes them the world champions 🙂 .
Plus Points for INDIA
- All the main players are in good knick
- Phsycological advantage after winning against pakistan
- DHONI And sehwag factor
- Players like mcgrath and warne are missing
Plus points for Australia
- Home advantage
- Ponting is in a splendid form
- Symonds and micheal clarke make the middle order almost invincible
- Good form as a whole
SCHEDULE FOR THE TEST SERIES
- Wed 26, Dec 2007 – Sun 30, Dec 2007 : First Test at Melbourne
- Wed 02, Jan 2008 – Sun 06, Jan 2008 : Second Test at Sydney
- Wed 16, Jan 2008 – Sun 20, Jan 2008 : Third Test at Perth
- Thu 24, Jan 2008 – Mon 28, Jan 2008 : Fourth Test at Adelaide Oval
- Fri 01, Feb 2008 : Twenty20 International at Melbourne
SCHEDULE FOR THE ODI TRI SERIES
- February 3, 2008 : India vs Australia at Brisbane
- February 5, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka at Brisbane
- February 8, 2008 : Australia vs Sri Lanka at Sydney
- February 10, 2008 : India vs Australia at Melbourne
- February 12, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka at Canberra
- February 15, 2008 : Australia vs Sri Lanka at Perth
- February 17, 2008 : India vs Australia at Adelaide
- February 19, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka at Adelaide
- February 22, 2008 : Australia vs Sri Lanka at Melbourne
- February 24, 2008 : India vs Australia at Sydney
- February 26, 2008 : India vs Sri Lanka at Hobart
- February 29, 2008 : Australia vs Sri Lanka at Melbourne
- March 2, 2008 : 1st final at Sydney
- March 4, 2008 : 2nd final at Brisbane
- March 7, 2008 : 3rd final at Adelaide
I see an exciting and fascinating tour ahead.Lets hope for the best that India Wins 🙂 . Well ,if you have reached the ending then you deserve a heartly thanks for reading the full post 😀 .
Man of the match: Matthew Hayden
Series Status: Australia lead the series 1-0
Its a good write up and an optimistic one. But i fell we have to look little pragmatic. Though Indian batting looks very good, i don’t feel we have striking bowlers. With fielding also not that great i don’t think we are balanced. But anyways as u said Indian team has the capability to turn anything upside down… So expect the unexpected 🙂 . Glad to hear from you after the series.. 🙂
@ hmm..lets hope for the best as i said..
. i just want to be optimistic
we all need to be realistically optimistic.
today’s performance by our batsmen was highly disappointing. lets hope they recover through another kumble-haul!
a very exciting and tough tour lies ahead for both the teams.
Australia gets the home advantage, but India is in good form after beating Pakistan .Indian team is the wonderful mingle of the experienced players and youngsters. Surely it is the better team than one touerd Austalia in 2003-04. Batting order has a great depth with M.S. Dhoni coming at no.7. all the players arein great knick. India has the wonderful chance to australia in their homeland
yeah i am disspointed too and hope they do well in the remaining days…
yeah india has a chance though todays performance has shattered some of my confidence in them..
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Clear bad umpiring in the 2nd test and a lack of sportsmanship and ethics of the australian cricket team.
Can the australians be anymore uninviting? they are clear cheaters and umpires are biased. end of story.
indian captain should be sourav ganguly, because the umpiring,what happened in the 2nd test was rediculous, severe actions should be taken against both the umpires, bcci and kumble should be very strong in this situations, to avoid all the useless decisions in 2nd test, kumble should be there in the team as player not as the CAPTAIN, this is his final stage of the career, so he should not be given such leadership, which he is not capable, ganguly is in good nick with the bat, though wats the problem for his leadership, BCCI is using politics in the game of cricket, which is bad to the future indian cricket.kindly take some quick actions to develop the game of indian cricket, give chances to players like md.kaif, sehwag, still to much of cricket left on them.
thanks a lot sir for posting this. I have a debate on India & Australia series in the coming week and as i have no interest in the cricket i was loosing hope of winning. Through your article i am cleared with all facts and the real situation of the series. and truly speaking while reading your article i fell like as if we were having a gossip on the topic. it is one of the best article(story) i have read.
hi, congratulations on india’s great victory at perth! u must have celebrated it grandly with your friends! i am happy ur post can now receive victory messages!