Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Dinesh Karthik-A guy to be watch out @ Green Top!!

We have lot of talented players, Sehwag who is hitting the ball with out moving the feet [contradicting the Coaching manual] and succeeding in that too. He scored awesome 195 against Aussies in Melbourne in first two session of day1.He demolished all spinners effortlessly.

Yuvraj is a booming talent in our side with capability of hard hitting and making quick runs.There is no need to explain Dhoni's thundering flat six hitting talent. But Karthik does not seem to have any special talent as his mates have. But what I believe is that

"Talent will bring you up, But you need character to stay on the TOP".

Karthik got this character,but need to improve his skills a bit. We can think of an analogy with Steve Waugh:
Steve Waugh was not as talented as Ponting or Kallis, but he got the mind and guts to play {and sledge} great fast bowlers of his time. Waugh was termed as "Cool cat" and he less bothered about fearing spearheads in green top and spin-wizards in turning track he keeps himself cool, calm and composed. But he does not forget to punish bad deliveries [sweep slog].

Initially I was really wondering why Karthik has been picked up for the ODI team when his name was short listed for the first time in 14 member Indian squad.[At that time I had great faith in talented guysL]To be honest I thought he will be one among in the list of Sameer Dighe,M.S.K.Prasad,Aja Ratra and Parthiv patel

I saw him playing against South Africa, Windies and in the last series against Banlgadesh.He is having a decent technique. I would say his defense is pretty good. And his shot selection is decent which enough in sub-continent pitches is. But when you play in pitches that has something for bowlers to swing or seam then it will be a different ball game. His success depends on how well he is goanna adapt that condition, where the ball will move in air and bounce above your rib normally. So this England tour will be an important stage where Karthik can prove his talent and character.

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