Sunday, August 03, 2008

Finally for Viru

Phew. So India didn't waste Sehwag's classic 201 in the Galle Test (this is only the third time that India have won a test in which Sehwag has scored a ton; a more criminal waste of a cricketer's contributions would be hard to find). It would have been tempting to say something like "Just as one should not have mourned excessively the loss in the first, one should not celebrate excessively the win in the second for this Indian team is capable of anything". Well, I just said it, and its still true for India will have concerns. Their batting has not figured out Mendis, and riding on one man's efforts isn't a recipe for long-term success. On the bowling front, Harbhajan's 10-wicket haul has certainly taken the spotlight off his extended run of ineffectiveness in tests. While he looked better, its not clear to me yet that his mojo is back for good. I'm more heartened by the damage done at the top by Ishant Sharma in the second innings. Other worries, like Karthik's continuing lameness with both kinds of gloves, also persist. But India can take heart from the blossoming of an opening partnership (well, on subcontinental pitches anyway) and from the knowledge that, if the batting line-up is so inclined, they can always try and follow the Viru strategy: don't buy the hype, play your game.

2 Comments:

Blogger David Barry said...

this is only the third time that India have won a test in which Sehwag has scored a ton; a more criminal waste of a cricketer's contributions would be hard to find
Hooray, someone gets it!

One of my pet peeves is people saying that a batsman's centuries "don't lead to victories" - surely it's the fault of the rest of the team?

7:04 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

David: Indeed, this is one of my favorite peeves. While I've given SRT some stick over the years for not finishing things off I'm also struck by how he's been done in by playing for a team whose bowling attacks were frequently ineffective. Sehwag's case is really sad because he has scored heavily and quickly - what more could you ask of the offensive portion of your batting? He could however, ask why his efforts were not matched (even partially!).

7:42 PM  

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