Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Dada, ei rokom kotha chilo na!

Hey, you asked for a good wicket, you got it! Now, take this 341-run defeat. Well, didn't really bargain for that part of the deal, did we? Irfan Pathan isn't the first man to finish on the losing side despite taking a hat-trick, but one cannot but feel he was let down by his teammates. What more could he have done in the first innings? Watching Pathan bowl in the series against Sri Lanka and South Africa, I got a feeling he was bowling well within his limitations, especially from a pace point of view and felt a little uneasy about it. If you don't try to bowl as quick as you can at 21, you probably never will. To be fair, pace is not really the most important component in Pathan's bowling, but an extra yard always helps. In any case, Pathan has always been a handful (ask Mohammad Yousuf) on wickets that have a bit in them, and by all accounts this one had a lot on the first morning. I digress, but only because I'm still coming to terms with the disappointment. Hopefully, the one-day series will have a happy ending. One word for Sehwag - if he was talking it up as part of a psychological warfare plan, it was alright, even if it didn't work in hindsight. Hope for his sake, though, that he didn't really believe what he was saying after the first test. Or, was it Pakistan's strategy to lull Sehwag into a false sense of complacency and then spring a nasty surprise? That would be a wicked twist ;) What about Ganguly now? Where does this leave him? It's obvious he's ground it out in all his innings trying to get back among the runs, although he hasn't quite got there. A substantial score from him in the first innings could have tilted it in India's favour, and a part of me was secretly hoping for it. Not that I would have cared who bailed us out. But the real disappointment was the twin failure of the big four. - NK PS: I love that line - first heard it from a colleague of mine after he got a pasting at one of our Saturday net sessions - so had to use it :)


Blogger Rishi Gajria said...

Humiliating is what comes to mind. India lost the game in their first innings. Well aware of the conditions and the fact that they had to put up a lead of atleast a 100. Dravid's opinion that India's bowling was not varied doesnt convince me. Irfan, Zaheer, and Rp Singh are all different kind of bowlers. Pakistan went in with three right arm over bowlers. I do not wish to take away from the Pakistani bowling which was fabulous but one gets that sinking feeling so often when we lose to Pakistan. We had the better batting line-up on paper.
What do we make of this series. Some of the comments I have read from readers at various blogs touch on the Ganguly issue over and over again. Would selecting Agarkar or another batsman have really made a difference?

12:26 PM  
Blogger Rishi Gajria said...

If it is the end of the road for Ganguly then it should be the same for Laxman. The guy looked out of sorts throughout the game.
I am going to go out on a limb here and state that Pakistan will win the one day series.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Rishi Gajria said...

Andrew Miller - Battle Royale

"the current hoo-ha about Ganguly's right to retain his place is masking another, potentially more devastating decline - that of Sachin Tendulkar, who has been around for as long as Australia have held the upper hand over England, and whose appetite for the fight is arguably on the wane."

12:42 AM  
Blogger unsui said...

As much as it is true that end of the day we need 20 wickets to win a test match.Our Over pampered Batters have aways been big let down after late 80's .. While its true that chasing 600+ target was always impossible , if our batters can't hold fort for 5 sessions , all those triple tons and gigantic partnerships can only be justified selfish.Given a Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath, Vishwanath could have easily seen us thru 5 session ( Remember SMG's 96 in last international outing for India in Bangalore - that pitch was full of land mine). Its time that proffessionalism be induced in the team in true sense and their pay be made on performance basis, these guys don't deserve all the accolades and monies they get

1:19 AM  

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