Ravi Bopara – The All Rounder

The England captain Alastair Cook gave Ravi Bopara only 4 overs in the first ODI against Sri Lanka which was surprising for everyone.

If England is looking at Bopara as the all rounder who would fulfil the 5th bowler’s quota in the World Cup, then, he must be given as much bowling practice as possible in the matches ahead of the showpiece tournament.

The 4 overs that Bopara got in Colombo, he was pretty economical in that. He gave away only 15 runs, but, despite that, he was not given the ball in the slog overs when the other bowlers were disappearing all around the park.

Bopara has shown time and again how effective he is with the ball. No one can forget that Champions Trophy final which he had almost turned in England’s favour by dismissing three gun Indian batsmen in the middle part of the innings.

And, in Australian where the ball tends to reach the batsman a tad quicker, Bopara with his lower trajectory can be real handy.

But, a captain’s confidence is what he needs. Cook has to be courageous enough to toss the ball to him when the whips are cracking.

Bopara is one of those blokes in that England team who are very tough. He has been left out of the team quite often recently, sometimes, without any solid reason, but, he has dealt with all that very maturely.

Now, finally, the selectors seem to have decided that the Essex man would be there in the World Cup and would be filling that all rounder’s spot. So, it’s important he gets backed by his captain too.

In domestic List ‘A’ cricket, Bopara averages 26 with the ball which is quite good. He has taken 190 wickets in 253 matches there.

BCCI To Make Statement On MS Dhoni Captaincy

The higher officials of BCCI are supposed to be going to make a call on MS Dhoni’s test captaincy once the ongoing tour of England is over.

With India losing another overseas test series under Dhoni, there are suggestions that the wicketkeeper batsman should be relieved of the extra responsibility of captaincy now and the job should be given to someone else.

The problem with the Indian selectors though is that there are not too many players who are currently looking to be ready to take over from Dhoni.

Virat Kohli was in very good shape before this England tour, but, now after being dismantled by the English fast bowlers over the test series, nobody is sure whether making him captain at this stage is good or not.

Another option might have been Gautam Gambhir who was hailed by a lot of people for his captaincy in IPL 7, but, he also has been awfully out of form with the bat and he needs to establish himself as a player first in the Indian test team.

Ravichandran Ashwin can be a good choice actually as he sounds to be a keen student of the game whenever he interacts with the media and he is the no. 1 ranked all rounder in test cricket right now in the world. So, he is going through a fruitful phase as a player too.

As far as Dhoni is concerned, the stats suggest that he is the most successful Indian captain in 5-day cricket, but, his numbers overseas are not good at all. It’s true that he has captained the Indian team in the period of transition, but, in spite of that, one would think that he could have led the Indian team slightly better in the foreign conditions.