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Test cricket

March 28, 2009

test (noun): a critical examination, observation or evaluation

Saturday, March 29th 2009: 267 runs behind. Nine second innings wickets in hand. Six sessions left to play.

They can’t hit their way out of this. A bunch of inside edges to the boundary won’t save the game. Nor will a few stolen byes. The best bowlers won’t be taken off after bite-sized spells to let lesser bowlers on. The bowlers won’t be hampered by a slippery ball from dew in the outfield.

The pitch doesn’t even matter. It’s the situation they’re playing. It’s grinding bloody-minded toughness, to not give away anything to the bowlers, to ensure that each wicket is earned. One or two batsmen playing cameos will not do it. It’ll take all the remaining ten batsmen, playing out of their skins…to just draw the game.

Test cricket. Delicious.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2009 11:46 am

    Yum Yum Indeed!

  2. March 30, 2009 9:58 am

    @ damiths: …and what a display of grit it was. Well-deserved draw. a series win beckons!

  3. March 30, 2009 12:37 pm

    Well played Gautam Gambhir. To think that 18 months ago this guy couldn’t get a game. Now he’s India’s best batsman in all conditions.

    • March 30, 2009 1:00 pm

      Ron, that’s true, he’s currently in the form of his life in all the formats. Had a quick look at your site and had it not been a monday morning, I’d be spending the rest of my day on it. Very interesting use of statistical modeling. Cheers!

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