I write this as I watch RP Singh clean bowl Pieterson for a magnificant hundred and clean up the innings with a 5 fer. Well done, RP!!!!
However, my beef is against the captaincy during the day. While some of my comments may be interpreted as sheer venting in frustration, there must be some truth in it. I was completely baffled by the fact that RP Singh was brought on more than 90 minutes after lunch. He was by far the best bowler before lunch bowling absolutely beautifully. I could see the rationale of bowling Zaheer Khan at one end because he was special as well but to see Kumble get such a long bowl was strange to say the least. Kumble’s bowling was ordinary, mediocre and lacking purpose. But he continued on….
And there was more than the occasion where Dravid’s captaincy was remarked as being reactive and not proactive, one such comment coming from the mouth of one Mr. Ravi Shastri…..Dravid is a strategic thinker and a “big picture” man, but I am beginning to suspect that he lacks the sharpness required on the field to make key operational decisions. I thought Ganguly was better at it….Mohan, I suppose we agree to disagree again?
With respect to the state of the game, what an opportunity for the “fab three” to sign off their greatness. A realistic target with not necessarily perfect conditions to bat on, a Lord’s test match, first in the series, you couldn’t ask for a better situation to deliver! All the very best to them.