New Additions to list of 21...

    There has been a flash announcement from the selection committee at the MSU Cricket Club. They have decided to include Amit Muzumdar and Mahmood Hossian to add to the list of probable 21 (which obviously now becomes list of probable 23)...At the outset I must admit that I was kind of shocked to see this annoucement...don't get me wrong on this...I have seen both these fantastic players play but as i said in my earlier article, this list is just overflowing with talent...now the committee has gone ahead and probably made their jobs harder by adding two more talents.

    Amit Muzumdar is a classy player...I have seen him bat a couple of times and what little I have seen tells me he is like a run accumulator...does not go for rash strokes even under pressure, but works the ball for those singles and twos...I have also heard of his bowling slow off-breaks...but have never seen him do so...so am not sure how good he is at that...would I have him in MY final 14 ???...If i had the luxury of dropping someone yes or maybe as a standin batsman, but as I see the list of batsman, where can I put this guy or whom do I drop ??? my opinion...keep this guy for another tour or series...he is good but not better than those already in...

    Mahmood Hossain is similar to Amit in utility only I have seen this guy bowl as well...he is good worker of the ball and rotates strike with ease..is passionate about the game as he captains yours truly's team...and I have known all his sides...a good motivator...the main plus for Mahmood is his bowling...If selected I would expect him to add another option for Kris because he is a very accurate medium pacer who consistently troubles batsmen with his accuracy...would I have him in MY final 14 ???...This is a long shot but I would consider dropping one of the specialist bowlers to accomodate Mahmood...I am gambling on him making up for the loss of a bowler with his allrounder skills...I am not going to be the Satan here to pick out the bowler to drop...you be the judge and do some grinding in that head of yours...

    I sure can't wait till saturday when the committee will meet to decide the final 14...keeping my fingers crossed !!!
 
- Vikram Venkatesh
15th October 2003
http://www.msstate.edu/~vv24