Daily Archives: 22 November 2007

Let off the hook…

Feb 16,  1999. Eden Gardens, Calcutta. Pakistan win the toss and choose to bat first. Third over – the first wicket falls. Fourth over – the second one falls and the procession continues till the 9th over when Pakistan are reeling at 26 for 6. Moin Khan then fights back in the company of Saleem Malik and Wasim Akram to put up a half decent total of 185. Pakistan later go on to win the match by 46 runs.

Jan 29, 2006. National Stadium, Karachi. India win the toss and put Pakistan in to bat. Ball No.4 – Wicket No. 1, Ball No. 5 – Wicket No. 2, Ball No. 6 – Wicket No. 3. Irfan gets a first over hatrick and Pakistan are 0 for 3. By the eleventh over Pakistan are reeling at 39 for 6, but Kamran Akmal, with some help from Abul Razzaq and Shoaib Akthar fight back and Pakistan end up scoring 245 in the first innings. They eventually end up winning the match by 341 runs!

Nov 22, 2007. Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi. Pakistan win the toss and elect to bat first. Not quite the sensational start as the previously mentioned games, but still Pakistan are in deep trouble at 83 for 5.  Misbah-ul-Haq leads the fightback this time and at stumps Pakistan are  210 for 8….let off the hook again. What happens to the result this time remains to be seen.


The Pessimist warns you!

The Pessimist was approached for his comments on the eve of the 1st Test against Pakistan to begin at the Kotla tomorrow. Here are his early warnings.

  • India play under a new captain and it will not be easy for everyone to adjust.
  • The openers are under a lot of pressure to perform. For instance Karthik has not done well in the two early Ranji games he played. Jaffer is suspect with his slow footwork and Shoaib Akthar will test that out.
  • The middle order though strong on paper has not set the world alight in recent times.
  • The fast bowling department with a suspicious Munaf Patel is not very encouraging.
  • Harbhajan comes back after his ODI performances but can he get wickets again at the test match level?
  • This is an ageing side and the fielding will be tested thoroughly. Watch out for a few drops in slips early on, some desperate dives to prevent boundaries and some lethargic running between the wickets.
  • Finally the team will miss the enthusiasm and bubble of youth.

The Optimist when asked declined to give a comment.

— Sanjay