March 21, 2009

India Win – One Down, Two To Go

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What a spectacular sight for the Indian fans around the world? We have been showcased with a truely professional show by the Indian team. Right from Day One, they’ve been on top of the New Zealand team and never let them bounce back to change the balance of the game. The seamers took the advantage on the First day sending six Kiwi batsmen into the pavilion in the first session itself. Thanks to Zak and Ishant Sharma. The duo seem to enjoy each others’ company. The hosts had no way of getting back from there on.

Daniel Vettori and Jesse Ryder played superb century knocks, but it didn’t seem enough as they managed only 279. Indians then sent the Kiwis on a leather hunt. There was contributions form everyone. Sachin was at his best hitting almost every delivery out of the middle of his bat. He got company from almost everyone. Rahul Dravid also looked comfortable and scored a half century. He deserved a century for his sheer class. But none the less, the job had been done.

It was a great sight to watch Sachin play his straight drives and the back-foot punches with such ease. Except for the delivery that got him, he never made one mistake. He, I think, has missed the opportunity of scoring a double hundred for the second time in this series, the first being during the ODI series. Zaheer Khan chipped in with a 51* and that took India past the 500 runs mark.

Even during the second innings, the bowlers were up to the mark. They did everything right and took wickets at regular intervals without letting the Kiwis build a partnership. Harbhajan produced his best spell away from home picking up six wickets that left the Kiwis gasping. They had no answer to the turbanator. For the first time ever, I found Munaf Patel impressive. Even he chipped in with couple of wickets. More than the wickets, it was his discipline and consistent pace that impressed me the most. India was set a target of 39 which they scored off in no time. The game came to a close in under four days and thats impressive. We have outclassed them in every department of the game.

Dhoni magic still seems to be working and it is a very good sign. With almost every batsmen in the top 6 looking in good shape, the Kiwis have a lot of work to do.We will see a lot more changes in the Kiwi line up for the second test and if the weather permits, we should have a good contest on the cards. We can expect another run feast during the next test mainly because of the form that the batsmen form both the teams (mostly Indians) are showcasing.

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December 21, 2008

The Wall Never Cracks

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Rahul Dravid has once again proved that he is too good to be neglected. He displayed amazing temperament and with the talks of him batting down the order to overcome his poor form, he surely would have wanted to prove everyone wrong. Mahendra Singh Dhoni again did the right thing by sending Rahul Dravid at his usual number three position with the overhead conditions likely to support the pacers and also Virender Sehwag falling early. Yet another good call by the Indian Captain.

Rahul Dravid was thus given a chance to prove that he can still bat his way out of bad form in the conditions suitable for the bowlers. He has been India’s most successful number three batsman for quite sometime now and he also became the first batsman to cross the 8,000 runs mark batting at number three while he completed his 26th century of his stunning career. Clearly it was celebration time for his fans and for himself as he admitted that he was relived of the pressure of not scoring for sometime now.

I was expecting him to break the jinx at Chennai itself, but the, none the less I’m happy he has finally done it. We can expect Dravid to score heavily again specially after the efforts that he must have put in to get out of this lean patch. The final word – “The Wall Never Cracks”.

October 21, 2008

India Maul Australia At Mohali

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Indians have drawn first blood. They have ensured that they have won emphatically. The margin of 320 runs is the highest for India ( other than victories by an inning’s margin ). What a time to win in such a fashion? Few milestones and records were also broken in due course. Indians collectively won the game.

Clearly Australians looked out of sorts when a mammoth total was put in front of them. Gambhir and Sehwag again showed that they are one among the best in business in any form of the game. The game was already won when that partnership flourished for the second consecutive time.

Australians were completely low on morale which was very clear when Ponting didn’t toss the ball to his out of form spearhead Brett Lee on day 4. He even gave Hussey a ball but didn’t let Lee bowl. He was seen chatting with Lee who looked very disappointed. The Australians surrendered meekly on Day 5. Within almost one and half hours, the five Australian wickets were gobbled up by the Indians. Zaheer Khan swinged the cherry both ways and the Australians were caught completely off guard.

There were many contenders for the Man Of The Match. Ganguly for his match winning century in the first innings, Gautam Gambhir for his consistent show in both the innings ( a century in the second innings can’t be forgotten ), Amit Mishra for his five for, Ishant Sharma for picking up the crucial wickets. But the award went to Mahendra Singh Dhoni who flourised in both the innings with two fast paced fifties. He has finally admitted that his strength is to play his shots and he has promised to curb them only if situation demands. It will surely help him big time.

In another week’s time, the action will shift to Delhi.

October 1, 2008

Ganguly – The Man Of Comebacks

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The history repeats. To my liking ( or even to Ganguly’s for that matter ) it has happened very quickly. Saurav Ganguly was again on the verge of being pushed aside and out of International Cricket for once. But his strong record has saved his head again. One of the selectors said his experience, character and resilience has put him ahead of the youngsters like Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif. They feel these three qualities are very important for a tough series against Australia.

As a build up to the series, Saurav Ganguly is expected to play a India A test against New Zealand A as he has not been a part of the current team who are at a conditioning camp at Bangalore. Ganguly has an impressive average of 50.67 aggregating 1571 runs since his comeback in December 2006 during which he has also scored a maiden double century. The surprise packages were Amit Mishra and Subramaniam Badrinath. Both made it to the 15 member squad.

Badrinath said he expected a call up. What the selectors have done is that they have sent a strong message. Badrinath will be under the shadow and will me the most likely one to replace Ganguly. Meanwhile Mishra will be the third spinner and likely to be the successor of Kumble. Too ealry to make a call. But this seems to be the pattern. Pragyan Ojha and Piyush Chawla were left out. I felt Ojha deserved a place in this squad.

Meanwhile the news from the camp is that the team has been really working hard on its fitness and the bowlers on getting their rhythms right. They were made to bowl with teh fifth stump just to get thier ” just outside off stump ” line right. The first Test starts in Bangalore on October 9. The second is in Mohali from October 17-21. The squad for the remaining fixtures, in Delhi and Nagpur, will be named after the second Test. Here’s the squad :

  • Anil Kumble
  • Virender Sehwag
  • Gautam Gambhir
  • Rahul Dravid
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Saurav Ganguly
  • V.V.S. Laxman
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  • Harbhajan Singh
  • Zaheer Khan
  • Ishanth Sharma
  • Munaf Patel
  • R.P. Singh
  • Subramaniam Badrinath
  • Amit Mishra

September 11, 2008

ICC Awards 2008 Round Up

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West Indian Batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul bagged the ICC Player Of The Year. With this award, he is the fifth player to receive this prestigious award. He out did the other contenders in Greame Smith, Dale Steyn and Mahela Jayawardene.

South African Dale Steyn was awarded with the Test Player Of The Year. He was in a phenomenal form last year where he became the fastest to 50 test wickets. India’s ODI skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was awarded the ICC ODI Player Of The Year. Even he has been in good touch steering his team home on many occations.

His deputy, Yuvraj Singh bagged the inaugral ICC T20 Player Of The Year for the six sixes that he hit in the T20 World Cup. The newest Spin Sensation, Ajantha Mendis ran away with the Emerging Player Of The Year Award for his splendid performance against the Indians. The Australian Umpire, Simon Taufel, got his fifth award as the Umpire Of The Year after being voted by all the Captains of the 10 member nations and the 8 match referees.

Sri Lanka received the award for Spirit Of Cricket for the second consecutive time for they have managed to behave very well on the field. English Skipper, Charlotte Edwards won the Women’s Player Of The Year after steering her team to a 4-0 win over the Indians. The ICC Test and ODI twelve have been announced and here is the list.

ICC Test Team of the Year : Greame Smith (SA, capt), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Mahela Jayawardene (SL), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Jacques Kallis (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wk), Brett Lee (Aus), Ryan Sidebottom (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Muttiah Muralitharan (SL). 12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus).

ICC ODI Team of the Year : Hershelle Gibbs (SA), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Ricky Ponting (Aus, capt), Younis Khan (Pak), Andrew Symonds (Aus), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wk), Farveez Maharoof (SL), Daniel Vettori (NZ), Brett Lee (Aus), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Nathan Bracken (Aus). 12th man: Salman Butt (Pak)

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