Wednesday, August 6, 2008

India - Galle Test Victory

I think Team India played some excellent cricket in the second innings to win the Galle test match.
I think that although you need high class bowlers to win a test match (remember the opposite side has to be bowled out twice to win the match?) Sehwag rightly got the MoM award becuase his both innings (and more importantly his approach) is what made the difference between two teams. Ishant bowled superbly aided well by Zaheer and theduo set the victory up for India. I would have felt miserable had India not won the match after such a great start, but Bhajji and Kumble did well to undo the pedesterian bowling in the first test. In fact, the pitch and conditions suited the spinners and they did their job. What I loved was the way Ishant kept hitting the deck ball after ball.
However, I felt sad with the way the Lankan warrior Mahela actually threw his wicket away at the crucial juncture with an aerial shot straight to Dravid. Not to take anything away from Indian bowlers and fielders who did a fantastic job thoroughout the match.
One exception was Kartik though, and India should not continue with him in the third match. Although he is an excellent batsman to have in the team at that position, he was poor in his wicket keeping skills. When everyone knows that one missed catch can cost you a match, think of what happens when you drop two or three in a match! I think strong signal needs to go to Indian fielders and this is the right time.
I am looking forward to the third match -I am sure that Lankans will be back strongly - they might get a fit Fernando in the match as well.
Super Sehwag continues to dazzle and one statistic after his first inning was that this was his consecutive 11th hundred that he had crossed 150!!! Hats off! I think this is one player who India should persist with at all times, irrespective of his inconsistency at times. Another player who needs to be in the team according to me is Irfan Pathan The guy needs a relook at his career and do what he has always done best - bowl, bowl fast and swing the balls. He is a great asset with bat too and that confidence must be given back to him somehow by the Captain and the coach.
With the current team though, it is essential that the think-tank sorts out Medis and Murali threats and have a game plan for their deliveries. Otherwise, just hope that Sehwag is at it again!
Well played, India! Keep it up!


Abhijit said...

बरे झाले तुला कॉमेंट्री बॉक्समध्ये बोलावत नाही, नाही तर रमीझ राजा आणि अरुणलालच्या पोटावर पाय! :-)

A very thoughtful analysis on the last test match! I liked it. I wish you could also add a paragraph on Rahul Dravid's referral controversy. He himself looked very much annoyed. Didn't he?

Cuckoo said...

@Abhijit:बरे झाले तुला कॉमेंट्री बॉक्समध्ये बोलावत नाही, नाही तर रमीझ राजा आणि अरुणलालच्या पोटावर पाय! Agreed !!

@Ranjeet:Have been reading all your posts, not commenting because you don't leave anything to comment on. Very well covered. :-)

Keep writing.

Ranjeet said...

Hi Abhijit and Cuckoo: Thank you for your encouragement.
Abhijit - On Dravid's dismissal, I kind of agree with Mahela but that is a different topic altogether and it probably warrants a separate post!

Inner Vision said... India after having received a drubbing at the hands of Sri Lanka, the come back was great. Especially Viru and Bhajji did very well and of course, other player’s contribution cannot be forgotten.

Ranjeet said...

Shivanand: Thanks, you said it right!