I have been following cricket from the time i could remember things and i guess todays win has been one of the best inidan victories i have witnessed till date .The victory cound’t have possibly come at a better place and time .Defeating Australia at perth (considered to be the fastest pitch in the world) after going down 2-0 and more importatnly after the sydney test fiasco ,is special for the team and possibly to each and every indian here in india.We,cricket fans ,have a,lways critisized the team if it performs badly .But After sydney test loss , the support indian team got worldwide was overwhelming and the team has reciprocated really well by winning this perth test.
Indians have stopped aussies from acheving that elusive record of 17 consecutive wins yet again .I am so happy 😀 , yes i envy sometimes the way australians play ,but i guess everything is fair in love and war,and cricket for me is both , love for country and war against the australia 😛 .
This test has showed a lot of positve aspects as far as the team INDIA is concerned .Bowling department being one of most important one.Bowling out australia two times in its home ground with an inexperienced attack is really appreciable.I think ishant sharma bowled extremely well. Pathan is back to his original form Hecan be a lethal bowler once he starts swinging and RP singh has delevered everytimne he has played a match.BAtting wise ,i have always felt india has the strongest batting line-up in the world .Partenership between Dravid and sachin proved to be a costly one for the ausralians .Lakshman has been a thorn in the flesh of aussies ever since he has started playing international cricket .It was the same lakshman who came in the way of 17 consecutive wins last time in 2001 through his blistering 281.Irfan pathan is the all rounder india has been looking for the last one decade or so.
Australian batting really looks feeble without hayden .Hayden factor could be one of the reasons of the low first innings total.He has been a real pain in the butt for the indian bowlers 😛 .Other than that i dont see any thing wrong in australian side .It still looks the same champion side .
Though ,India are still down by 2-1 the series still look evenly poised ,lets accept the fact that the other two games too were fought closely,unfortunately india had their share of bad luck in sydney test otherwise the game could have headed any way . Indians have psyological advantage going into the next game as the confidence is high and the team is playing as a unit and now that australians have lost one game they would definately feel a bit apprehensive as they are no longer invincible 😀 .Good for the game of cricket .
Yesterday i had written a post after India’s disastrous loss .Well,i was quite harsh on them ,yes,i accept it . But that was merely due to fact that i was out of my senses ,i was really hurt watching them loose.It was just a wild rant that came out of my heart. NOW that i am back to normal i would want to write on the other aspects of the Sydney test,perhaps the darker sides of it.
The Sydney test has been a complete blow to the spirit ,dignity and integrity of the game .Here i dont want to talk about the result of the match as i have already discussed it in the previous post.Well, Aussie skipper says the match has been played in the right spirits of the game .What i feel is that being a captain of such a team which has performed so well on the past ,he has totally forgot the meaning of the right spirit.How can staying on crease after getting out be called as right spirit?? How can appealing for a catch thats not a proper one be right spirit ?? What bothers me more is that even after the replays clearly shows that the catch was not neat ,He is not ready to agree it .That clearly shows the arrogance of the player.Yes,the way australians have played the game was not upto the right spirit of the game.
When there are one or two wrong decisions it is acceptable but 8 decisions in which most are quite simple is ludicrous.When there’s a so called technology at your disposal why the hell they cant use it for confirming it . It was a total umpiring fiasco out there in Sydney . Steve bucknor has already been into trouble before but he is not bothering to change . I guess its high time now for technology to take over most of the umpiring and a rule should be implemented so that 3rd umpire could rule over the wrong decisions taken by the umpires in the ground.I dont blame the loss entirely to the bad umpiring but yes it did change the course of the match.
I have always been a Fan of australian team’s commitment and skills but they have also disappointed me with sledging that australian are known to do but thats part and parcel of the game.But complaining against harbhajan for his so called racist remarks against symonds was difficult to comprehend. Banning him for 3 matches on the basis of the opposition team player’s statement is another black dot for the sydney test.Actually ,How dumb can a refree be to accept the complaint when the umpires have not heard it many things go on ground that is not reachable to the umpires ears you cant just put each player under the banner.Well, i dont want to go into the subject whether harbajan called him “monkey” or not But there have been instances where players have used abusive language ,particularly Australians and south african players.They even get caught on the TV but they get without even a fine.Why so big issue for this match.If umpires are not needed for the judgment then any player would lodge a complaint against a opposition teammate make him sit out for 3 matches or so.The decision that they have taken by banning may be good for the problem of racialism but it change the future of the cricket.Now even kumble has lodged a complaint against hogg and he may be banned too and this may go on irrespective of whether the player is guilty or not.
Well, now the latest news is that bucknor would not be present in the rest of the series. Will that help .May be may be not .What appalls me is that as per the rules umpires cant be changed in between the series and its not only steve bucknor even in the last series the umpire who was awarded the best umpire of the year too committed mistakes. Use of technology is best possible way to reduce the errors.The game must have resulted a bad taste in the mouth for ICC too. The way ICC functions has been quite below par ,its clearly visible when a Board like BCCI holds a special position due the amount of money BCCI holds for ICC . There have been times in past when BCCI has been able to convince ICC to change a judgment against a particular player . and I see that happening in harbhajan’s case too .Clearly, if that happens would be really a disgrace to an international organization like ICC too.
Well,I don’t know really what to really write here.I cant take it .I mean If you lose from a situation where you have taken the lead in the first innings and cant control the game ,its really nothing less than a shame.What all of us , fans wanted was a draw.WAS that too much to ask ??? Yes ,its easy to ask and blame from here sitting in front of Televisions sets.but what else we could do.They are payed for playing and winning.IT really hurts to see them losing every time they play against the aussies.
Losing a game after restricting australians for 134 -6 in the first two sessions is really ridiculous .Yes there have been some wrong decisions but blaming that for the loss would be even more absurd and senseless ,Some are for us and some are against .We cant just keep on complaining.
Getting a lead in the first innings and losing is even more shocking.Losing this test never came into my mind . Their were neither any devils in the pitch nor the bowlers were so fearsome to grab 10 wickets .Its the fault of indian players and they deserve to be blamed.NO mc grath NO shane warne.NO Gellispee . Still they manage to take 10 wickets on the last day.Thanks to the wrong stratergies that inidans are applying against the australians .I think its really high time for the BCCI to get the coach on his couch 😛 .What the hell is BCCI doing ? why its taking so much time ?? its an enigma??
The mighty indian batting order looks quite lame against the moderate Australian attack. Jaffer’s defense isn’t working he hasn’t scored anything spectacular in the series and now i ain’t expecting much too . Yuvaraj failed yet again without scoring much i guess he is enjoying the limelight he is getting in all those new channels where they are bonding him with deepika padukone .Perhaps ,he forgot for his real touring to australia .Every overseas tour is exposing dhoni that he is incapable in foriegn soil .Yes , he did stick around at the end but what about other 3 innings.There’s seriously something missing in dravid,he doesn’t seem to be the WALL anymore .The only two players who have been consistent are the ones whose retirement was being discussed .Gangully has already slapped all the faces by coming back to the indian team and that too in a grand way.And i have never doubted sachin’s commitment . Batting looks so strong yet so feeble.Whats the problem?? Over Confidence , Attitude and Carelessness??? .May be!!
As far as bowling is considered i dont have much complaints.It was bowling which was considered weak before the tour and i am surprised to see that bowlers have done exceptionally well by bowling them out couple of times.Kumble has been the a great bowler and he is just 2 wickets away from the 600 wickets milestone but he wouldnt be enjoying the captaincy i suppose when none of your teammates are supporting.Of course, if the players are playing what could captain do??
With this win australians have locked the series Not that i am expecting a win the next two matches.I just want to see some fight before they lose .I just see an inevitable white wash ahead and this will be the last time i am writing on this series . I am just tired of ranting and expressing my tantrums here in my blog. It neither helps me not the Team The only good it does it that i am able to get some more hits in my Blog.
INDIA LOSE THE Match
Man of the match : SYMONDS
AUSTRALIA LEAD BY 2-0