Robin Martin Jenkins (more popular as the son of legendary BBC commentator, Chris Martin Jenkins) saves Sussex from defeat.
It may be a worrying sign that India were not able to clean up the tail in this opening outing. However, Kumble’s bowling and Sreesanth regaining some of his SA tour magic may be positives. While the batting in the second innings may not have been worth writing home about, Laxman’s innings in the first and Karthik’s stubborness certainly helped.
I would still play Jaffer in the opening slot and resist the temptation of dropping Dhoni for either Gambhir or Yuvraj. Neither of them gave me enough confidence to take such a gamble. Dhoni is a class act and will come good when really required. Ranadeb Bose will (and should) most certainly plan to carrying water through the series, he does not seem ready yet. (Munaf will certainly be missed). Dravid’s hinted batting order and bowling line up will and should be retained for the first test.