Posted by: nestaquin | April 4, 2008

Insipid India

It is rare that you witness a Test side skittled before lunch on the first day of a Test match. Yet, this is exactly what happened a few hours ago in Ahmedabad when India were all out for 76 in a paltry 20 overs.

South Africa were flawless in their efforts after Graeme Smith lost the toss. They displayed plenty of grit and typical Protea determination and all three seamers bowled with verve and intelligence.

Steyn (5/23), Ntini (3/18) and Morkel (2/20) peppered the batsmen with a series of short balls and the pampered Indian line-up succumbed without a whimper.

Dravid fell to a corking delivery from the impressive Steyn but most lost their wickets through indecision or as in Dhoni’s case, a very poor shot.

Cricket at the elite level is played between the ears and the Indian batsmen were defeated before they took guard. They saw demons where there were none and the Saffas, with a first innings lead at stumps of 147 with six wickets remaining, are near certain to take a one-nil lead in the series with one Test to play.

It was an insipid effort by Team India and you can see it for yourself below.

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Responses

  1. You are right Indian batsmen seem insipid.

  2. if that innings was not enough you are inflicting more pain of showing highlights… :((

  3. To state the bleedin’ obvious, it’s a long way back from here!

    Having said that, if AB can make a double hundred, that shouldn’t be beyond Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly (and I really like Pathan withthe bat in his hand).

    Of course that’s if (and it’s a gigantic if) the Indians have the stomach.

  4. In the other Test, Jerome Taylor has just been removed from the attack for two beamers in an innings. What kind of penalty is that with nine wickets down? He should be out for the second innings as well.

  5. He should be suspended for several matches in my opinion.

  6. There’s a case for that Nesta.


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