Daily Archives: 20 January 2008

Ruffians and Angels…

This was a terrific win by India in Perth. As Mahesh said, this was an inspirational win.

Sunil Gavaskar, in his post-match, called it the “biggest win by Team India ever!”Now that’s a huge call to make!

Angels replace thugs:

This win just showed to me what can happen to a champion team when the common-ruffian and the street-hoon is removed from an Australian cricketer. Here were 11 terrific cricketers playing against a bunch of committed Indians who had a point or two to prove. But unlike previous efforts from these champion cricketers, the thug was replaced by the angel. The Australian players were on a best-behaviour notice. The whole of Australia had spoken. They did not like the hoons that they were getting to see regularly in cricket matches. The angels, who replaced the hoons in the bodies of the Australians were almost on even-keel with the Indians. Soon, Australia crumbled to an embarrassing loss on a wicket that suited Australia’s style of play.

Team-spirit:

This was a huge victory for India after the serious morale-busting loss in Sydney. The team had been through a lot in Sydney. The aftermath was globally embarrassing. The spotlight was constantly on the Indians. Opinions were being expressed by everyone. The team spirit that was on view right through the week was nothing short of sensational.

But the Indians rose above that and were helped by the sportsmen that they faced. The thugs were locked away. India won.

17th win:

In an amazing coincidence, the last time they went for a 17th consecutive win, India stopped Australia in its tracks. So also here at Perth. India won the 17th match and denied Ricky Ponting the 17th that he so badly wanted.

What a start by Kirsten!

And what a brilliant start for Gary Kirsten! This was his first match with the Indian team — and he was at Perth just as an observer! And India won. Hope this points to a better future for the prospects of the Indian team under Gary Kirsten!

Test ranking:

India now have a chance of climbing to 2nd spot on the ICC Test Rankings – India was 3rd on th table on 2 January.

Over-rates:

Finally, it was nice to see Mike Proctor finally fine the Australian team for slow over rates in this match. In my opinion, he ought to have done it in Melbourne and in Sydney too.

Now the show moves to Adelaide and then the ODI circus. Early news is that Ganguly and Dravid have been dropped from the ODI team — we may see them retire from the ODI scene soon.

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A Milestone in India’s cricketing evolution

Mahesh has comprehensively covered the events of yesterday. Here are some notable points about the game

  1. I would rate this India’s best win in the recent past even surpassing Leeds 2006
  2. History repeated itself as India again stopped Oz’s winning streak at 16, but this time in the Lion’s den
  3. India’s bunch of young medium pacers once again exposed the weakness of the world’s best batting lineup against sustained swing
  4. Oz showed what champions are made of with their ‘never say die’ attitude
  5. It is an indication of Oz’s dominance that while other teams try to win, they go for streaks!
  6. The value of a Mathew Hayden at the top of the order
  7. The good spirit in which the game was played. Hope that is sustained and Oz dont go back to their (bad) old ways of on field behaviour

The Black Irishman