Monday, October 13, 2008

Call 'em in!

I did not expect an Australian declaration this early. 298 in 83 overs for India. This is a very good declaration by Ponting. Plenty of time for them to put some pressure on the Indians. India will need Sehwag and Gambhir to score at a decent pace to try and put the Aussies on the backfoot. Anything else will simply keep them in the game. Lastly, can I just say what a pleasure it is to see a genuinely attacking declaration in test cricket. Congrats to the Punter. I had him setting a target of 330-340 odd in 75. But Australia attacked from the very first ball, and scored at a decent rate in their brief dig. Just to add a downer: there do seem to be some rainclouds about, and I wonder if thats played on Ponting's mind; if so, more credit to him for taking a decision quickly. Incidentally, this morning Katich said he'd be willing to take a chance on losing this test in order to win it.


Blogger Moses @ Beer and Sport said...

I'm also impressed with the declaration. Lets hope the rain stays away so we can get a conclusion to this superb opening test.

Would be nice if the clouds hang around nice and low for the seam bowlers though ;)

Need to get Sehwag out quickly, otherwise the target will be 130 from the last two sessions!

12:50 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Moses: Well, you got your wish re: Sehwag. As for the clouds, they're hanging around for now!

1:14 AM  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

that's the first time katich has spoken on tour. wonder whose mouthpiece he is

3:33 AM  
Blogger John said...

Hasn't he justified his handle? For the first time I can remember.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

NC: I've just seen a couple of interviews with him. The quote I mentioned was in the context of what he would have done as NSW captain.

John: You mean Katich?

5:13 PM  

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