India win 2nd Test – A tounge in check look – Ind vs Aus 2008-09: Day 5

India triumph over Australia to go 1-0 up in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2008-09 with a historic win in the second Test at Mohali. Team effort and proactive captaincy made this possible. Australia have been bringing the best out of India for the past 5 years now, with each victory arguably better than the other in quality.

Congratulations, India! A well earned victory! Cheers!

But the series isn’t over yet and there is still some good work to do.

Where now from here for India? India need to keep the intensity just where it is, if not turn it up another notch. The bowling attack with Ishant, Bhajji and Zaheer is rocking.  Mishra had a compelling debut. Delhi will be key and the selectors will have one hell of a task picking a playing XI. I shall save that for another discussion, but I must add that for once, I’m glad that this selection isn’t my job!

India’s batting is still a bit of a concern. Ganguly has been the best performer so far – he’s looked solid in defence, characteristic in attack and has played his natural game. Viru and Gambhir closely follow. There are still a few question marks around the others in the batting order with respect to solidity, based on current form.

As for the Aussie, I would give anything to hear from Greg Chappell. 🙂 I’ll save my comments on him till the end of the series. Ponting has some sorting out to do. Clarke is good only in patches. I don’t understand how Shane Watson and Cameron White made it to the side. The only reason I can think of is thier familiarity to the conditions from IPL. Watson, course played for the Rajasthan Royals and White, rather unimpressively for Bangalore Royal Challengers. I find it hard to believe that the Aussies don’t have anything better in the closet. Haddin has a long way to go – an average keeper and below-average Test batsman. Siddle was hyped beyond proportions, might be (along with Johnson) the better ones from the newer lot. Lee is obviously out of form/rusty. Two players hold the key – Hayden and Hussey. While lashing out at the apparent lack-of-quality/experience in the Aussie line up, in the back of my mind, there is this dark thought that India might face this very situation (maybe even worse with the batting) when the Fab four disappear from the scene. But that is not for this day.

This day, we celebrate for going one step ahead to re-gaining the Border Gavaskar Trophy! Cheers!


13 Responses to India win 2nd Test – A tounge in check look – Ind vs Aus 2008-09: Day 5

  1. if we can guard against the complacency factor which creeps in after every win…we can really push them hard…

    lets win it 3-0…

  2. vmminerva says:

    I wouldn’t count on winning 3 in a row, not India. We can’t even win 3 ODIs in a row. My feeling is we will win 2-1.

  3. Trideep says:

    SP, 3-0 is a far fetched thought… height of optimism.. But India shud try that. Complacency is a major threat which India always face… India shud try to win the next test.. coz now the aussies are down… they are vulnerable…even a draw can do wonders for their moral.

  4. India should carry the momentum…hope India wins the series in the 3rd test …

  5. vmminerva says:

    @Trideep, yes, draw to do wonders indeed.

    @Srinivasarao, hearty welcome to my blog. I’ll with you in your hope.

  6. Scorpicity says:

    Now let’s just hope our famed inconsistency doesn’t show… if this team can’t beat the Aussies, they should hang in shame for being paper tigers.

    Kotla will be the usual dry crumbling pitch and if the Aussies draw or win there, rest be assured the curator of Kanpur remembering all the lavish praises and cash prizes by dhoni/Harby, will prepare a mud fest with granite chips.

  7. Som says:

    As long as Greg Chappell was with them, I didn’t worry for an Indian win. But now that he has left for Oz, I think the real test starts for India.

  8. vmminerva says:

    @Scopry, yes, it would be a pity if the inconsistency were to show.

    @Som, oh, he’s left for Oz is it? Didn’t catch that. 🙂

  9. Soulberry says:

    Team effort and proactive captaincy made this possible.

    And as you also say, the job is half-done.

    Fine summary this and I would like to know what you think about the possible Kumble for Laxman business.

    To me this stinks like the Iran-Contra or the Arms for Oil scam.

    Looking forward to your post on GC.

  10. Neo Sports now has a Mishra Promo – his 5 year wait and all that sugary stuff. It ties up with the Kotla game, and aks us to look out for Mishra. But then Bhajji’s mug was promoting Mumbai Indians long after he was slapped with suspension.

  11. Soulberry says:

    Deepavali Greetigs to you Victoria.

  12. vmminerva says:

    @SB, Laxman for Kumble is not a good thing to do. I think the best thing to do is Kumble for Misra. Yes, it’s a hard decision, but going for one batsman less with a currently inconsistent middle order does not augur well. Thank you for the wishes. Wishing you a wonderful Deepavali too, SB.

    @NC, funny isn’t it? 😉

  13. Soulberry says:

    I like the full complement of batsmen too and Kumble for Mishra is just fine with me.

    Yeah…the importance of that one deed done at the right time is magnified with that promo.

    Applies to us all too…do the right thing at the right time…recognize the moment and then give your all to it. The rest will take care of itself.

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