Anderson's selection as the 'man of the match' was shocking

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 20:46 hrs

James Anderson, who was given the 'man of the match' award after the first Test match at Trent Bridge does not even figure in the top five contenders for the Ceat International cricketer of the week which is done purely on performance and not on sentiment. 

There are those who feel that some Indian commentators are only interested in India and not in other teams, and so are biased.
Having said that, if commentators from other countries speak only about their team and not the opposition then they don't get similarly categorised. That is unfortunately the sad reality in Indian cricket where people get pilloried for being Indian while the same offence by those from other countries is glossed over. 

We may have attained independence way back in 1947, but there are still many who have an inferiority complex, which, is a real pity. Anderson's selection as the 'man of the match' shocked many, including Anderson himself. 
Don't be surprised if in the remaining Tests as well as one-day internationals, most 'man of the match' awards will go to English players.
Anderson had cried after being dismissed off the penultimate ball of the second Test against Sri Lanka and England lost the series with that loss. The English love those who cry and show how much they care for their country, so there was plenty going for Anderson when he came to play the first Test against India. 

And even though he did not do enough with the ball, he won hearts with his plucky display with the bat, setting a record for the last wicket partnership with Joe Root. India have, over many eras, struggled to get the lower order out after getting the top order cheaply, and Trent Bridge was another example. 

India's attack is looking a bit lopsided especially since they have gone in with only five recognised batsmen.
Jadeja is still not a Test batsman, for he bats as if he is a tailender and not someone who has three triple hundreds to his credit in Ranji Trophy cricket. 

In Ranji Trophy matches, he does not go down the pitch to a quick bowler as soon as he comes in to bat, but at the Test level he does that, and that is what gives the impression that he thinks he is in the team as a bowler and not as an all-rounder. 

It was good to see him apply himself in the ongoing second Test match, and if he bats as he does in Ranji Trophy rather than trying to go after bowling at the Test level straightaway, then he should be among the runs soon.

He should take a leaf out of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has shown tremendous application and determination and has batted very well in the three innings so far. 

Bhuvneshwar's swing bowling is also causing problems for the English batsmen and Dhoni will have to use him and the other seamers wisely, since the five Test matches are back to back and there is a danger of burnout.
For his half century in each innings of the first Test and a five wicket haul too, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the Ceat International cricketer of the week.                           
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