It was definitely India’s day at The Oval today, at the third test match of 3 Test series. When India started on Day 2 with 300 and odd runs with Laxman and a very edgy Tendulkar on 48 at the crease, 450 looked far away, however that was not to be. Tendulkar got his half century: a very different innings, calm yet troubled, slow but not without some stylish shots; there was one hook shot which showed everybody who he is, not that we don’t know, and two other good ones; so, good, that it looked liked that man on 82 was poised for a century. That, alas was not to be.
After Tendulkar came Dhoni. With his scores from the series, you couldn’t expect much, but we were in for a surprize as a belligerent Dhoni got to 92. When one thought this was it, then came Kumble’s innings: one that all those who watched will remember for many years to come. With his brilliant unbeaten century, he becomes the second (after Shane Warne) with over 500 Test wickets and a century. What a record to earn at the age of 36! Today was definitely his day, perhaps on par with the day he got all 10 test wickets! Kumble defintely looked the part that he played today: a classy batsman, a determined man striving another record, not a tail-ender slogging for runs or struggling to beat his previous best of 88. So will Karnataka declare 10 August to be “Anil Kumble Day” or will they name a flyover after him? Whatever they do, I think he deserves every bit of the adulation he recieves.
The highlights of day for me are:
– Kumble’s unbeaten 110
– Tendulkar and Laxman’s half centuries
– Dhoni’s 92
Lowlights (from England’s p.o.v)
– Prior’s wicketkeeping woes (as they continue today)
– Sidebottom’s ordinary spells
So the galacticos have amassed a mammoth 664, and got the early wicket of Strauss, which makes us believe more Indian-goodness is due. Cheers!