This series is a waste of time
India must look to strengthen the bowling attack, even if it's at the cost of a batsman, writes Ravi Shastri.india Updated: Jun 29, 2007 02:19 IST
I am quite sure a lot of positives came out for India in spite of their loss to the South Africans in Game One.
For starters, there was a half-strength bowling attack out there and yet there were opportunities to upstage the Proteas. Winning a close game is all about being brave and seizing the moment. India might have been better off attacking a bit more once half the South African side had been dismissed.
Taking such chances will make India win more matches than they do. They should have made Kallis take more risks than he had to.
Taking wickets rather than being conservative was the key. The Indians allowed the game to drift and that was enough for Kallis to seize the opportunity and take SA home.
Tendulkar showed enough to suggest that he will play a pivotal role in the fortune of the team.
Tendulkar getting his full range of shots in motion is the best thing that can happen. I still believe that among Ganguly, Tendulkar and Dravid, only two should be batting in the first four. You need a couple of youngsters, Gambhir one of them for sure, to run harder and show the fearlessness of youth.
Piyush Chawla is coming along nicely. The fact that he is among the wickets is a huge bonus.
This is something the Indians have been crying for in the middle overs for sometime now. He lands great balance to the attack and provides options for the skipper.
I still believe that the Proteas are rusty coming out of an off-season and therefore the game today is critical. India must look to push hard. A win for the South Africans here will make them harder to beat in the third game.
India must look to strengthen the bowling attack, even if it's at the cost of a batsman. In this game giving yourself a chance to take wickets is the key.
It all depends on how the sick players pull up. One thing for sure is that you don't need more players getting injured or under the weather, otherwise a couple of blokes from the marketing committee might need to put their pads on.
All in all I do believe this series, especially is a huge waste of time with the important tour of England coming up.