October 29, 2008

When Focus Meets Aggression

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:14 pm by techtwist

The Australians are being forced to experience certain gestures which they generally force on their opposition. They clearly looked out of sorts. They are being made to look desperate, be it either with the bat or the ball. They are being outplayed in all the departments. The Indians are showcasing a Masterclass to the world about how to tackle the mighty Aussies. It has become very clear that the Aussies also succumb to the pressure.

Brett Lee did well to pick Virender Sehwag early and Mitchell Johnson picked up Rahul Dravid with the score reading 27 for 2. Gautam Gambhir played a role of holding one end up initially. Sachin Tendulkar, at that time, was at his sublime best stroking the Aussies around the turf. The way he moved into those drives were a treat to watch. Clearly, the pressure of record seems to have evaporated and it was very evident from his strokeplay.

The duo put on a 100+ stand and ensured that India was in a decent enough position. Sachin fell just before the stroke of tea to Mitchell Johnson who was bowling at good pace. But Gautam Gambhir ensured that the Indians never lost their track and kept the score board ticking. Laxman soon got into his own and again this duo put on another 100+ for the fourth wicket ensuring that there was no more wickets.

Gautam Gambhir was taunted in all the possible ways. He never held back and gave them what they deserved. He treated everything on merit. He was ruthless to Shane Watson and it was a special moment to watch him dance down the track and clear the ground off Watson to reach the magic figures for the second time in a fortnight’s time against the World No.1 team. This is only the fourth occasion of a player scoring hundreds in successive tests against the Aussies since 2001. Gambhir had loads to say even during the press conference. He rubbed salt into the Aussie wounds pointing out their flaws. Clearly, Australians are on the backfoot and lets hope that Gautam Gambhir scores his maiden double tomorrow. He was on 149* at the end of day’s play and another 51 runs shouldn’t be a problem.

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