India fail to capitalize – Ind vs Aus 2008-09: Day 1, 2nd Test

October 17, 2008

On a day that will only be remembered for the milestones, India’s top three batsmen will rue the fact that they failed to make merry on a what seems like a batting paradise.

In case you missed it, here are the milestones

  • Sachin breaches 12000 runs in Test Cricket
  • Sachin makes 50th Test 50 and is the second Indian to do so after Rahul Dravid 🙂
  • Sachin breaks West Indian Brian Lara’s record for most runs scored in Test Cricket
  • Ganguly crosses 7000 runs

Meanwhile, there was a game of cricket being played.

Sehwag should have paid attention. Dravid looked set for a big one with some of the shots reminding us just what kind of a player he is. He should have capitalized on what looked like his best innings in the last 4 Test matches. Gambhir should have stayed on, he got stuck after lunch and fell shortly after Dravid. I have no words for Laxman. Maybe he should not have been promoted up the order – it seems almost like some kind of a curse. Tendulkar and Ganguly each played a brilliant innings, one true to their reputation. This partnership has saved India some blushes.

India will do well do get to 400. Does Amit Mishra bat? My fellow Delhi-ite bloggers NC, SB and SP will know better if deserving debutant Amit Mishra can bat. Now a days one has more faith in India’s lower order than our middle.

Sachin breaches 12K

October 17, 2008

Not only did Sachin break Brian Lara’s 11.9k+ record, he went on to create a new 12000 run club in Test Cricket. Who better than Sachin to have inaugurate the most elite of clubs?

What was most striking today was the way he tore apart Aussie bowling on his way to a brilliant 88. I really thought he would get to the 100 today (nervous 90 jitters apart). He certainly deserved that, and what an occasion that would have been. But that will remain so.

Today, it is all about Sachin – the man Indian never tires to watch.

Happy Birthday Kumble

October 17, 2008

Wishing one of India’s best a wonderful year ahead.

May you scalp many wickets this coming year, Kumble.