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One of millions of cricket fans who tends to disagree with some of the views of the exalted individuals who talk/write about the game. Also, one of those millions who thinks that having played some university and club-level cricket qualifies him to critique and analyze the game at its highest level. 😉

Hence this blog.

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  1. Mark Ryan permalink
    March 12, 2008 7:35 pm

    Dear Blogger,

    As someone who has seen every single ball of the ODI series in India followed by the entire Australian summer of cricket through my job at Sky, I think I’m right in saying that is the first written analysis of India’s performance which has been written without bias and unnecessary dramatics (need I mention Peter Roebuck calling Harbhajan Singh “an intemperate Sikh warrior” who should be excused for his antics because as head of his family he raised nine children).

    Australia completely outclassed India in its own backyard, winning the Future Cup series 4-2. India’s two victories came by eight runs and two wickets. Take out the last match where Murali Kartik took a magnificent 6-27 on a raging turner in Mumbai, Australia scored at just a fraction under six runs per over for the series, well above what India’s twenty/20 dynamos could manage.

    Yes, the test series was very competitive at times. It should not be forgotten that India was humiliated in the Boxing Day test in Melbourne and for all the excitement of the final day in Sydney, its batting line-up still crumbled on the fifth day against a team without a world-class spinner, losing by 200+ runs.

    India bowled particularly well at the W.A.C.A. and thoroughly deserved its win, but they didn’t have the firepower to knock Australia over on a flat-track in Adelaide. If it wasn’t pitted as the challenger taking it up to the champion, if you looked at the bare numbers of the series, if you look at who was on top in the majority of sessions, you would have to say that Australia won the series quite comfortably.

    People have become so accustomed to Australia clean-sweeping test series over the past decade or so that a solitary loss is seen as such a monumental event. The best sporting teams around the world have their off-days or matches and Australia is no exception. If India was ever going to challenge Australia, surely it was going to be the series after losing Warne, McGrath and Langer. It will be interesting how India’s team fares in the five-day format when it loses the experience and prowess of Tendulkar and Kumble.

    Speaking of Tendulkar, he was the one major difference in CB Series finals. Australia’s batting had been lacklustre, to say the least, during the entire ODI series, yet the bowlers (helped by some brilliant fielding performances) enabled the hosts to win all but one game leading in to the finals. It was inevitable that as soon as an opposition batsman played an innings (or two in the case of Tendulkar), that Australia would be in trouble.

    The likes of Dhoni, Sharma and Uthappa all look like very talented players, but until they produce consistent performances in the test arena, then they will remain players of great potential and nothing more. The one-day skipper was very good during the tri-series, but was a non-factor in the test matches. He reminds me of Andrew Symonds when he first came in to test cricket a couple of years ago. Both players are brilliant at working the ball in to gaps and finding the boundary with brute power in the middle overs of a one-day game, but there was an unsure look about their batting when they came to the wicket in a test match surrounded by a ring field where it’s not quite so easy to milk runs. Symonds finally worked out his method for batting for test matches – it will be interesting to see if Dhoni can do the same.

    It should not be forgotten that Australia crumbled in two games to a relatively weak England team in the corresponding finals series last year. The selectors finally appear to have realised that they erred by not injecting some fresh blood in to the squad for the one-day series. Unlike ten years ago, Australia’s one-day and test teams are now very similar and it’s not surprising to see that some were quite jaded after almost constant cricket from September through to March. India seemed to get its selection policy right by bringing in a group of talented young batsmen who will hopefully be seen in the country’s top six for many years to come. For once, this is where Australia should follow India’s lead.

    When India can beat Australia on a consistent basis, then topple South Africa (which they have a chance to do next month at home), while also continuing to learn to win away from the sub-continent, then they will have a right to call themselves world-beaters. They’ve shown they can do it to a certain extent in twenty/20 and limited overs cricket, but unfortunately for India, test cricket is still the stage on which cream rises to the top.

  2. March 22, 2008 12:31 am

    Hi,
    I backtracked a link on to your blogspage.

    I do not know when, but I find you have included my blog The Silly Points, in your roll.

    Stopped to say thanks.
    And am including yours on mine.
    If you wish to talk cricket, come to our forum, none of us ever pretend to be pundits, and we talk clean cricket.

  3. March 24, 2008 6:36 pm

    Hey

    Thanks for blogrolling me!

    I see I am one of not very many, and so I feel special.

    I will add you to my list.

    Miss Field

  4. September 2, 2008 4:03 pm

    Hey there,

    Very nice blog you have here :D. That’s a very empty Lord’s up there.

    I was wondering if you would like to blogroll me in return for the same on my blog 😀

  5. January 29, 2009 10:48 pm

    Please note that I have added your blog site to my site listings and would appreciate it if you could recipricate.
    My blog is a light hearted look at cricket within the nether regions, such as Scotland, Ireland, Holland etc.

    The URL is http://www.cowcc.blogspot.com/ and the site is called ‘Cow Corner Blog’.

    Many thanks
    Steve

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