Pretty poor capitulation by Sri Lanka there.... Gifting Dinda with 4 wickets there in the end.
good win for india really wonderful series comes to the end on a high 4-1 in odi and 1-0 in the t20 dinda bowled really well in the end to get 3 wickets in an over. overall superb performance from india
Irfan has made good impact as a pace-bowling all-rounder in this short Sri Lanka tour, he has been among wickets and amongst runs as well..
I'm sure he has pretty cemented his place in the playing XI for the next T20 WC to be held in Sri Lanka in September.
Conditions in SL are more bowler-friendly than in India and Irfan's swing and his aggressive batting at no.7-8 will give India much needed balance in upcoming T20 WC.
One thing to note here was the coach Fletcher said about Irfan after ODI series.. he said that Irfan is doing well at the moment
and we'll have to look how he bowls and bats in India.. this is a very valid point indeed.
While a slightly more bowler-friendly condition in SL helps Irfan with his swing and allows India to have much-needed balance in its Limited overs line-up,
truth to be told, pitches in India are more on the abrasive side where the captain might want a spinning all-rounder more than a pace-bowling all-rounder.
This is where case of having the infamous Ravindra Jadeja in the playign XI strengthens.
So while Irfan, armed with 2 new-balls from 2 ends rule in Limited overs, gets some purchase with new ball, he tends to fall flat towards the end
i.e. during batting powerplays taken from 35-40 overs or during death overs from 40 to 50.
This is what we saw from Irfan in CB series in Australia earlier this year and also in Asia Cup in Bangladesh..
once new ball lost its shine, his late-120s death bowling was nothing to write home about.
Not taking anything away from Irfan, who seems to have got his swing back and has had a decent outing as opening bowler in IPL-2012 for DD,
what I think he needs to work upon is his death bowling, especially yorkers & slow-bouncers, developing reverse-swing with the old ball,
which work fantastically well in terms of containing the run flow as well as taking wickets in abrasive sub-continent pitches of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
And for this he doesn't need to look any further than Zaheer Khan, who is a master craftsman of this death bowling expertise.
This will add another dimension to his bowling repertoire and help India in the long run as well.
Currently Irfan doesn't seem to be in selectors scheme of things for Test matches.
So next opportunities for him will be mostly T20 features.
1. 2 T20s in India against NZ
2. T20 WC in SL in September
3. playing for DD in CLT20 in October in South Africa.
Here all of us have high hopes from him going by his recent showing.
Next up after October are England, who will come to India for 4-match test series where Irfan is most unlikely to find any place in the squad.
Irfan will certainly be back in the reckoning for next 3-ODI, 2 T20I series against Pakistan in December followed by 5-match ODI series against England in January.
Then again he will have to cool his heels till IPL 2013 in April as he will again out of selection for 4-match home test series against Australia in Feb-March'13.
So while the Indian team will certainly find themselves at 'home' at home in this current 2012-13 season, same can't be said about Irfan.
Tougher challenges lie ahead of him and we can only hope he utilizes whatever breaks he has from International duties,
in playing Ranji matches for Baroda to make his case stronger for a permanent India selection.
Yeah, only the people who don't care for the Olympics got to see it.