Posted by: nestaquin | December 24, 2009

India v Australia Tied Test: A Xmas Present For All Our Readers

‘Tis the time of the year for giving and sharing so in the spirit of the season and considering our nostalgic thread on the previous post, I’ve scoured the innards of the web and found a documentary of the match that turned Australia’s cricketing fortunes around during the dark days of the 1980’s.

The video gives a remarkable insight into Australian and Indian cricket from the player’s perspective while seamlessly taking you on a journey through the five days of one of the most gruelling, fascinating and tense Test matches in the history of the game.

It’s conveniently cut into nine minute segments so you can come back and watch it in installments but be warned, if you are an admirer of cricket history you’ll find it very difficult to walk away once you begin.

I hope you enjoy it.

Toots and I appreciate your comments at 99.94 and both of us sincerely wish you and your families a peaceful and joyous holiday.

Stay Human


  1. I’ve seen that doco and it’s marvellous. The ABC have given us a number of fine cricket documentaries. The cricket in the 50s 60s and 70s docos were all bloody excellent. Seasons greetings and let’s hope cyclone Lawrence’s after effects don’t play havoc with the boxing day test.

  2. I’ll be watching this at some point over the hols so thanks Nesta.

    And I echo Nesta’s thanks for all the comments over the last year and wish you all the very best.

  3. Thanks Nesta, l watched Section 5 and it was a beauty.

    Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy New Year. Lets hope Santa brings Aus a match winning wrist spinner this year…

  4. Japal – We’re still waiting for Santa to deliver that present after, what, 132 years!

    • Ha true! Tell you what Swann goes alright in the meantime.

  5. Excellent documentary, Nesta. Many thanks.

  6. Thanks for this Xmas present, Nesta.

    I will watch this docu over the weekend, but I remember all 5 days of this match very vividly.I was a gawky teenager at that time.

    The question of: Was Shastri right in taking the single, and making Maninder face the strike?..has not been resolved satisfactorily yet, but the match surely ranks as one of the best test matches in my cricket-viewing experience.

    I saw the match on a black & white TV, and can still see Greg Matthews deep offbreaks :)

    Thanks to you, Toots and RK for your posts through the year. It has been a pleasure reading and commenting here.

    I am sure, the Aus-Pak and SAF-Eng tests will produce some sessions of gripping cricket over the hols. So,lets enjoy !

    Happy holidays !

    • You’ll see when you watch it Kumar that Ravi Shastri is absolutely sure that he did the right thing in taking the single but I’ve never heard him say he was ever wrong!

      However, Border admits that he couldn’t believe his luck when he left Maninder to score the final run.

      Gavaskar supports Ravi, Kapil still isn’t sure and Maninder explains with a wry smile how he went through the gamut of emotions all in the space of one over.

      If we get a match half as good on either side of the Indian Ocean this week we’ll be in for a treat!

  7. Just a quick note – Geez can this kid Umar Akmal play. Looking forward to a sensational career. Fantastic to see a young gun coming through, especially for Pakistan.

    • He does look good but he threw his wicket away just before lunch. It will be interesting to see how he goes in the second dig.

  8. I saw this over the weekend and I was amazed by how hard these guys played. Boon, Jones, Dev, Gavaskar, Mathews and Shastri made quite a interesting game happen!

    Play nowadays with the stump mics on and a 100 cameras covering every angle will be lucky to pick up such fierce competition, everyone’s too guarded. I was born much after this test was played and barely anything I’ve seen comes close to this.

    Good to see that the blokes we hear commentating walk then what they talk now.

    • Thanks for making a comment mate and you are right about how sanitised the game has become. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it does take some of the theatre away from Test cricket.

      West Indies v Australia matches were probably even more heated and rightly so. Having over after over of 150kph bouncers bowled at you does make the blood boil! Border and Boon would come off black and blue and never did they show any notion of pain.

      On the current match at the MCG I see Ponting has made another bold declaration giving Pakistan a chance at victory if they are good enough. Will be very interesting tomorrow if Pakistan are only 2 or 3 down at stumps.

  9. Very interesting set up from Punter, either very positive or somewhat disrespectful (positive… probably). If Pakistan can lose just one wicket in the first session, it’ll be all to play for.

    • Fair go Toots in the Ashes you were on his back for being too conservative with his declarations…Definitely trying to be positive l reckon.

      Aamer really looks the goods as well Akmal. Fantastic young talent. l’d love to see them get up actually, especially with a big knock from the skipper. Would pay us back for the Gilly-Langer partnership all those years ago.

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