Posted by: tootingtrumpet | October 13, 2010

India vs Australia Second Test Day Five

The Number One Test side in the world

The final over of the day.

Ball One – Needing to clean up the Aussie tail as quickly as possible, Sreesanth and Zaheer bowled too wide of the stumps too often. Once the radar was working – it was no surprise to see the stumps hit twice.

Ball Two – Is Virender Sehwag in danger of believing his own publicity? Already dropped at gully, he attempted to steer the ball through the vacant slips area with a quarter bat – less an ODI shot than a T20 shot.  Sehwag has been a little frenetic in this series and might do well to build a defence against the short ball to go with his extraordinary attack against every other ball.

Ball Three – Cheteshwar Pujara appeared at Number Three, to the surprise of everyone, in the spot Dravid has occupied for a generation. He then played shots all round the ground at well over a run a ball. We may, indeed I suspect that we have, seen the future of Indian batting.

Ball Four – Without an effective spinner, Ponting needed his bowlers and fielders to stand up and deliver. Despite Watson’s wicket in the immediate post-lunch session, Australia were very flat using a debutant and a fifth bowler, ignoring MJ and Hilfenhaus. Moreover, five overthrows were conceded in two comic moments. Perhaps readers can explain it, because The Trumpet can’t.

Ball Five – Rahul Dravid, out of touch for much of the last ten days cricket, immediately hit Nathan Hauritz against the spin pretty much wherever he wanted. Now Rahul Dravid is an all time great batsman, but a man aspiring to hold down the specialist spinner slot in the Australian team, should not be toyed with on a fifth day pitch.

Ball Six – Sport is unscripted drama – and sometimes the script isn’t as exciting as it might be. Today promised much in terms of drama, but turned into a routine victory for India. Having been served a thriller in Mohali, it would have been greedy to expect another – though at the start of play, we did hope.

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Responses

  1. Nice one – though I suspect the Bangladeshis might take umbrage at their country’s apparent re-unification with India :D

    • RK – Well you’ve got me there! Thanks. Apologies to Bangladeshis – unintentional error!!

  2. Pujara is a really promising cricketer…India has never had a problem in the batting line-up and for future, its looking really good.

    I think Sehwag has been tricked a little bit by Hilfy’s variation in pace…and the slow balls strangely have been a problem because Hilfy disguises it very well. Sehwag will evolve though, there’s no doubt.

  3. Well done India.
    Ponting, better luck next time.(and I think there will be a next time for him)

    Actually, he was too defensive today but with that attack, there is not much he could have done as captain. Was unlucky to miss out on a century, which perhaps would have been match winning. But Pujara, of whom I have always had a good opinion and expectation, came solidly good. Suddenly, the impending retirement of Rahul Sachin and Lax doesnt seem that big a problem :-)
    (I am still not convinced of Vijay – most of his runs today were edges, nervous or otherwise and he has had problems with genuine pace/movement in the past and the first inns here didnt test him much.)

    Well, this IS the premier test series these days, never mind what the English would like to believe :-). And it doesnt matter that the ICC rates Aus #5. Aus-Ind is anyday superior to Eng-Ind or SL-Ind or (although many of you might disagree) Aus-Eng!

  4. “Is Virender Sehwag in danger of believing his own publicity?”

    I could not agree more. Sehwag in this series reminded me so much of his annus horribilis in 2006-2007 when he played too many strokes for his own good and got dropped.

    For all the media hype around him, the fact is that he had been initially watchful (of course by his standards) in some of his best knocks like the century on his debut against SA, 195 at Melbourne, 155 at Chennai, 154 at Adelaide and 201 against SL at Galle. I hope Gary Kirsten reminds him of that.

  5. Fair play by India, batting aggressive to take the possibility of reverse swing out of the equation.
    Putting a debutant in at 3 may have been a gamble, but probably not as much of a gamble as pitting in a slow scoring batsman who would have just put pressure on a very inexperienced middle order at the same time as allowing a reversing ball into play.
    2-0 does look harsh when the first test was so close. Well done India, a good hit out for Australia, but much still for the Aussies to learn.

  6. Absoloutely spot-on on Viru, the Sehwag. If he continues to sport the same attitude, it will not be long before Kirsten does a Greg Chappel on him :-)
    (and he would be justified, too, in doing it. My Indian friends point back to me that just a test back, Sehwag joined Richards and Gambhir on the record for 50s in consecutive matches. But surely that is not the point? It is about what you are contributing. Sehwag’s 50’s are almost becoming like K Srikkanth’s 30s and 40s. Exhilirating to watch(ofcourse in a higher plane to the affable Cheeka’s) but of little use to the team.
    Picture this Sehwag 59, India 72/1 in 15 overs. It just does not help.)

  7. Pujara looked very promising indeed.

  8. I feel atleast one more test should have been there. I am sure Ponting would have got that elusive century and perhaps, won a match too. Really, really sad that his resume still shows a blank in India.
    Hope he can wash that off his system with a big win in the Ashes series.

    • Ponting scored 123 in Bangalore in 2008

  9. Is this the end for NH? I suspect it might be.

  10. Shame it wasn’t a closer result, both for the sake of Australia, and for the spectacle, but overall, losing by a whisker and then getting beaten is not a terrible result in India. A number of good steps taken forward.
    India left no doubt about who deserved to win!
    The end for NH? Part of me says there’s no shame for an admittedly moderate spinner to get badly treated by the best batting team in the world, at home. Warne got Tendulkared there too.
    But I hope it is, as not sure if he does any better than a few part-timers could do, our seamers are generally up to it, and our batting could do with some stiffening.

  11. One thing I noticed was that Warne does get highlighted for being murdered in India by India. But what I was astounded to learn recently was that he has NINE wickets in FIVE tests in Oz against India!
    Even granting that one of these was his debut test, it still sounds so ordinary.

  12. Well played Australia. I think Oz are favourite for the Ashes. Swann is possibly the only advantage that England have. But India might have done Australia a favour by making Hauritz’s place doubtful. Ponting needs an attacking spinner badly – and I hope some of you can enlighten me on this – it baffles me why Krezja went out of favour. It is not every spinner who takes 12 wickets in a test in India, never mind the runs given. If India had had two innings this test, he might have gone for as much with 25% of the wickets that Krezja took.
    Why did he fall out of favour?

  13. I meant “If India had had two FULL innings in this test”

  14. Fred, I think you need to go with six batsmen, Paine and four seamers for the Ashes, Hilf, MJ Doug and??? Wason and Clarke (and North, if he survives) gives you plenty with the bowling.

  15. Meaning I don’t know who the fourth should be, not that Watson should be it.

  16. The team Aus will play in Brisbane

    Watson
    Katich
    Ponting
    Clarke
    Hussey
    North
    Haddin
    MJ
    Harris
    Hilfenhaus
    Siddle

    The team they should play

    Watson
    Katich
    Ponting
    Clarke
    Ferguson
    Smith
    Paine
    Harris
    Hilfenhaus
    Siddle
    Bollinger

    Aus did okay in India, but were short on penetration. I’m more confident of at least a draw in The Ashes after these two Tests than before them.

    • MJ will and should play for mine. And Khawaja for Ferguson but both should be there soon enough. l think both have the potential to be seriously fine test cricketers in style and temperament.

      Like Paine.

      Not a bad series overall for Aus XI l think despite media reaction here about rankings and whatnot. We did better than l expected over there. l had the Ashes at 50/50 or in Poms favour really before the series (despite bookies odds)… l now think we have a bit more graft in us than l thought and/or are closer to dropping some of the blokes that dont/are shot than we were previously.

      Should be a tight series with maybe the home conditions proving the difference.

      • And l think Bollinger will play ahead of Harris. Selectors like him alot supposedly.

  17. Goldgathers, I agree.

    Tooting, MJ is a million miles away from being dropped.

    Would think Bollinger would always trump Harris too.

    Confident of a draw? You have the equivalent of Sewah, Gambir, Tendulker, Dravid and Laxman to blunt the Aus attack? I guess you’re applying the power of positive thinking.

    • I agree that MJ won’t be dropped – at times, though, he was terrible and could lose a Test in a session. Harris is a much better bat than Dougie and that might swing it. Hilfy might have to bowl a lot of overs!

  18. I love the optimism of English fans- How nicely they gloss over the fact that Australia, with a relatively young team, ran India close for 9 days out of ten.

    Back in Australia, the kookaburra ball would not reverse as much as the SG Ball nor would it conventionally swing as much as the Duke Ball. The Aussie batsmen should be more at home

    I think the Ashes would see a few high-scoring draws and both sides would struggle to take 20 wickets.

  19. Apologies for my butchering the spelling of the Indian names above, I was rushing off a quick reply, spluttering with indignation.
    Your guys will be no match for Katick, Watsen, Ponting, Clark and Husey, anyway.

  20. Well that all looked a bit more like the No. 1 team at home against the 4(/5) team.

    Toots – almost completely agree with your “should play” Aus team. Dropping Hussey might seem cruel given his record, but he should’ve gone before the last Ashes.

    I’d give MJ a run. He’s the only bowler capable of demolishing a batting line up, and even his unpredictability can be an asset, especially on a lively track. Unlike Harmy, he has an exemplary attitude, as you pointed out in an earlier post. (I don’t buy all this “he’s great in the dressing rooms” BS, but a negative attitude counts highly against someone in my book.)

    Dropping Hussey would also put Clarke on notice. One decent knock from him would’ve made a big difference to this series. I don’t see how Aus can win the Ashes with those two in the team in that form.

    Finally, thanks again Toots and commenters for the coverage!

    • Thanks GM. Hussey looks shot to me – he’s given good service and it would be cruel, but he has to go I feel. Clarke, Hussey, North looks very fragile at 4, 5, 6.

      • Toots, cruel is a bit strong The national test team isn’t a retirement home, where old players can be looked after and given nice warm cups of tea to keep their spirits up.

        And as pointed out, he can earn money at the silly format.

  21. I would expect that the only change will be Paine out and Haddin in?

    Hauritz might be walking on thin ice but none of the batsmen are. There’s no consequences for being rubbish in this side.

  22. Trumpet, i cant explain the 5 overthrows either although i hear a bloke called bob the bookie in delhi may have an answer!

  23. It’s time for Hussey to board the IPL retirement gravy train. There’s a lot of capable batting talent available, Ferguson, Klinger, Khawaja, Rogers, Jaques, Cosgrove and more.


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