Barely any international cricket to speak of for weeks and then they only sneak in the biggie. It’s India v Pakistan time again. It’s time to make flippant comments about players from both sides and hopefully get some vitriol in the comments.
Even the biggest series has to be constricted these days, however. There are four days between the fifth one-day international and the first Test which should allow the players ample time to get their games adjusted for the longer format. If they fail to do so, it’s okay, because there are four days between each of the three Tests.
Back-to-back? Hardly. Back-to-back means you only get three days off. Four days is a week in international cricket. Batsmen can overhaul their entire techniques in that time.
Anyway, it was the first one-day international today. India won. Yuvraj Singh hit a fifty and so did some other people.
We’re predicting an Indian series win. They’re at home and their seam-bowling seems the stronger, unusually. Without Mohammad Asif, Pakistan are a bit flimsy in the quick-bowling department. Shoaib could win a match, but he goes for a few when he doesn’t and what are the chances of his playing a part in the whole series? The man doesn’t even know that cricket’s played in series. He thinks you just play a one-off exhibition match every six months.
Pakistan’s batting still seems overly-reliant on Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf as well, although we’ll be intrigued to see if Misbah-ul-Haq can inject some mature overachievement into the middle order, a la Mike Hussey.