It was absolutely shocking when MI announced a squad dropping Sanath Jayasuriya from the playing XI against a formidable Delhi Dare Devils team.
The opening pair of Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar had only added 48 for the first wicket in their last four matches. The pitch seemed encouraging for batting, and with the short boundaries, and then came this news which put me into total disbelief – "Sanath Jayasuriya was dropped".
Well this is what Sachin had to say on Dropping Sanath – "Well I know it is tough. But sometimes you have to take certain calls. For both me and Shaun, it was not a easy call. We know Sanath and he took it sportingly. It was a tough call for us and Luke was picked ahead of him. "
And what did his replacement Luke Ronchi do? God out for a golden duck. Not to blame him though. Mohammad Ashraful would’ve been a better choice than him.
Sanath cant win games for M all the time. Its the middle order and tail enders who have to step up. With the exception of Duminy and Bravo, no one looked like they’ve played cricket before. Others need to step up and not rely only on the two openers. Players aren’t stepping up. They need to win the next game to even have a chance in the semis.
Jayasuriya – who was responsible for Mumbai Indians success last year with both bat and ball – is crucial in the Mumbai campaign; even this year with two back to back 50’s and some crucial wickets he has proven to be a valuable asset. Sanath has been dropped from a side for which he dedicates so much time and energy. Mumbai too pay him an enormous amount nearing a million US Dollars
It is impossible to believe Jayasuriya, who is the best limited overs player in the modern era has been dropped from the side in such an important fixture. And taking his place in this all important match is a rookie from Australia.
I mean a huge round of applause for Sachin Tendulkar for swapping Jayasuriya with a rookie in this all important match.
As captain, Tendulkar had let his team down big time. Firstly the decision to drop Jayasuriya for Ronchi, and then to promote the in-form Duminy as opener. Don’t forget his decision to bowl the crucial 16th over – all had failed and no wonder Mumbai has gone down so easily.
It will be nice learning lesson for MI, specially Tendulkar, so next time when he works on the list for the final playing eleven he’ll remember the fact that its Jayasuriya who holds the key to their success.