Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sauve qui peut?

Greg Baum thinks this Mohali test was Australia's Waterloo. I beg to differ. That sort of judgment should be reserved for the end of the series. Perhaps you could call this Australia's Battle of Leipzig, but even that assessment would only hold valid once the series was over. Two tests remain. So, perhaps Quatre Bras and Ligny combined at Delhi, and then Waterloo at Nagpur? That is, a heavy defeat, followed by a a close win at Delhi (for India), followed by a romp (again, for India; if you want to run this comparison all the way that is). But Napoleonic wars references aside, why write off the Aussie team two tests deep into a four test series? Especially against an Indian side that faces a captaincy and final eleven selection conundrum, and that hasn't done well whenever they are favorites? Post-mortem this result you want. Don't do the series just yet. The Waterloo metaphor should be reserved for a final crushing defeat, one from which there is no coming back. There's plenty of cricket left in this series.


Anonymous Homer said...


On previous occasions, I would have doubted the Indian team's ability to stay ahead when ahead.. Not this time.

Also, the captaincy conundrum has a simple answer - if Kumble is fit, he plays.


8:34 AM  
Blogger Trideep said...


I agree with you. Indian team faces a selection crisis. If Kumble is fit, then who sits out? Mishra/Laxman/Bhajji?? And will Delhi bring out the best out of Kumble again??

We have had a good game. And we should celebrate it. But writing the Aussies off at such an early stage would be insane.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In recent months the Sydney Morning Herald has become a tabloid with sensationalism the new standard.

They are losing money daily, they have fired over a third of their staff and the chief is now an accountant without any media experience.

It was once a fine newspaper but those days are passed.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Homer: I'm glad we're maintaining the optimist-pessimist split, makes for a good balance :)

On the captaincy front, yup, I think, Kumble will come back for sure. No way he'll sit out. And no way *this result* will make him retire.

Trideep: I suspect the simplest change will be made: Mishra sits out. He only came in because of injury to Kumble. But he knows his chance will come. And yes, too early to write off the Aussies.

Nesta: I hadn't realized such extensive changes had taken place at the SMH. When would you say its decline began? When I lived in Sydney, I quite enjoyed the central section's op-ed pieces (2000-2002)

2:36 PM  
Anonymous scorpicity said...

It is rather silly writing off the Aussies considering they nearly pulled it off in the first one. If India cannot win the series with such a momentum, they should all hang themselves in shame of being paper tigers.

4:33 AM  
Anonymous raj said...

Why not Harbhajan? He hasnt been setting the Yamuna afire of late has he?

4:38 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Scorp: I agree whole-heartedly!

Raj: No way that that is going to happen, especially after his 3-fer in the 2nd innings at Mohali!

9:06 PM  
Blogger Tarun said...

I agree.
Cricket shall remain the game of glorious uncertainty.

I see Aussie coming back hard.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Tarun: Thanks for your comment. It'll make for some very good cricket!

7:36 AM  

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