The tale of two centuries…

At the beginning of the Pakistan series, there were two batsmen whose position was in doubt.

One of these players had reached the pinnacle of glory with a mammoth 275 against the best test team in the world at this very ground. The other called Eden Gardens home and yet didn’t have a century to his name here. The two players, Laxman and Ganguly have a lot in common – Both players are great to watch when in song, have similar averages in the forties and have never scored a century against Pakistan – actually, if you leave Ganguly’s century against Bangladesh, they hadn’t scored a century in a while. Both players are also nearing their use-by-date as far as cricket is concerned and are considered to be a bit of liability in the field.

Both these players also had a good series in England, and yet with Yuvraj Singh putting up a strong case for his inclusion with good performances in ODIs, a lot of questions were being asked about their inclusion in the playing XI.

Today both scored hundreds.

Forget the fact that the bowling attack was insipid and uninspired. Forget the fact that it was a benign pitch for batting and it offered nothing to the bowlers. Also, forget the fact that when these two got together, there was no great pressure.The hundreds they got were still very significant and their position in the Indian team is secure – at least for now, anyway.

Yuvraj, you’ve just got to wait longer, mate!


5 responses to “The tale of two centuries…

  1. All the batsmen piled at a lot of runs other than Karthick. Poor guy Dinesh Karthick was not invited to the party and would be feeling miserable. Karthik will be dropped for the next test. Sehwag or Gambhir ? Yuvraj could also open the innings.

    I can not understand Pakistan selection. It is better to go with 2 spinners on Indian tracks unless pace is your best trump. Pakistan miss another spinner like Saqlain Mustaq.

    Shoaib who was not fit after his illness/fever played the match. Pakistan also had other pace bowlers- Rana Naveed, Shoaib Ahmed, … who were good I thought.

    Mohamed Sami is a poor bowler in my view. He is an example to show speed 140+ kmph will not get you wickets.

  2. While on this title, I wish to digress a little for this bit of news:
    “The dream start to Abhinav Mukund’s career continued as he moved up from No. 3 with the same results. Century in consecutive Ranji matches.” (Refer to Srikanth’s posting elswhere in this blog)

  3. 275? Shouldn’t that be 281!

  4. It is 281 :D…My bad 😦

  5. Among all the centurions in this test match, Gang’s innings didnt have one stroke I could admire or remember. Tendy’s 82 had more punch, style and flavor than the century by DADA. The artist in VVS is still alive and his innings was a treat to watch. The only hope I have is that, with his dream of getting a century in his home ground fulfilled, Gangs will now start thinking about retirement. We need to start looking towards the future. And in the immediate future, about the pace attack in Australia.

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