Another VVS Special – Ind vs Aus 2008-09: Day 2, 3rd Test

While Gambhir continued his onslaught to get his maiden double century, VVS showed why he is a very special player and why the people who advocated dropping him for a fifth bowler should be embarrassed and hide. He plays very quietly, knocking it around and before you know it, he’s got a hundred. Give it some more time and he’s past 150. Vintage VVS was what we saw today. What struck me the most was his reaction on the century (gesturing a bowler). Why are the seniors taking the media so seriously? Media scrutiny has been happening for some time. Granted, it’s more targeted towards the Fab four now, but the best way to get them off your back is by ignoring them and performing.

That apart, there are many questions/concerns from today’s proceedings. First, Dhoni’s irresponsible innings. He isn’t captain, so he didn’t care enough. What does that tell you of attitude? I can point to several such instances now. Secondly, I thought Kumble declared a bit too early. They should not have given Aus more than 10 overs to bat. Why? Thirdly, can India bowl Aussies out twice on this track? Doesn’t seem to anything in it yet. Furthermore, what does this innings mean for Laxman? He may have got the monkey off his back for the next match, but there are now two monkeys on Dravid’s back. I will save my thoughts on VVS at #3 for after the Delhi Test, but there will certainly be some talk about this.

As for tomorrow, the first hour will be key. India will need 2 wickets in the first session. Post lunch is often a sleepy session and nothing much happens. If India don’t act quickly, we might be headed for a draw.

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3 Responses to Another VVS Special – Ind vs Aus 2008-09: Day 2, 3rd Test

  1. on contrary i think 1st hr from now on favor more to batsmen then bowlers coz of mostre which will help bind wearing pitch…

    and as the sun will move on the ptch will break more causing uneven bounce and more grip and hence more spin…it will be diffcult for new comer to adjust as one wicket may lead to another…

  2. Trideep says:

    VM, I think Kumble declared a bit late. He could have declared 50 runs earlier.

    And as far as MSD’s innings, guess you can give him the benefit of scoring quickly.

  3. vmminerva says:

    @SP, you were right, at least the first part. No real trouble to the Aussie batsmen. Sehwag threw it away today, but that was to be expected.

    @Tri, looks like it may not have made too much of a different either way. On MSD, I’ve had the rather evil joy of picking on him.

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