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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

But It Rained...

My intense disbelief in Hindu mythology dies on many last days of Indian test matches. 23rd July 2007 was one of those days when I sit quiet praying Lord Indra. 47 years and 19 days after John Sturges came up with his classic version, protagonist Mahendra Singh Dhoni scripted 'The Great Escape' version II as India denied England victory in the first test here (i mean there) at Lord's, to most of my pleasure. And when I say India denies them, I am referring to the rain god Indra.

Before the start of this series I (optimistically) believed that rookie Englishmen will find it difficult to get the visually impenetrable Indian batting order. And you know what happened; I became a derisory element yet again. And Very Celebrated but never published non fiction called The great Indian Overseas Tragedies get yet another chapter. It's such a heavy book now that BCCI has taken up a new office to manage the space required to keep it.

In the midst of the entire hullabaloo about THE post of Indian coach, we are left stranded to find answer to basic questions regarding implementation of ground skills. But, I will not stop myself from praising RP Singh. He is promising, and I personally feel that he is an element to be nurtured for future. And one reason India failed to dominate in this test is the lack of the Kumble effect. Happens, we are all human!

RP was in great touch, and KP was in even better. Wow! Amazed by his awesome bating, I felt a little distress as he was taking the match away from the clutches of the lusterless Indian bowling attack. Still, his batting was the only advertise-able part of this test match.

Now let’s go to the next match and hope for an Indian victory. Indian fans are grim followers, try moving their optimism, it’s considered to be a great challenge, greater than getting their demi-gods out.

6 comments:

giri said...

Very well written article.....i put a lot of your words on google to see if you plagiarized.....but I am having to admit that you did a good job.

But hey, I dont think u r right about kumble......i mean 1st innings: 23-2-60-2.......that believe me is a phenomenal effect....in English conditions.....1st day pitch.....and dont forget how our bowlers started......zaheer and co bowled some absolute rubbish and let england run away.......its a totally different scenario for spinner to come in and bowl at 50/4 than at 150/1.....

and there is history on India's side......
There have been only two occasions previously when we have not lost our 1st test in england......and on both times we have gone on to win the series.....

giri said...

phenomenal effort*

nitesh said...

hoping for a win
naah
had flintoff been playing 200 impossible for the famed batting line up

2nd test will be a draw and india will loose in the 3rd test

nitesh said...

ICL - lara coming
rumors of warne
bcci's time gone in few years if they continue to run like fools

d said...

@Giri : If i had the zeal and skill to do constructive plagiarizing, i would certainly do great things in my life! But alas! I lack them both :(

And for the Kumble thing...he was good..he always has been good...but the Kumble effect is the overwhelming impression that he leaves on a test match, which did not happen this time...had he done that...things would have been different (perhaps, i m still a die hard fan, dont like it but cant help it)

giri said...

yaar.....kumble is not the kind of bowler who would leave an overwhelming impression in an away test.......i think he bowled as well as he could have......only thing was that he was lacking support from the other end.......if he had that support......if he had a mcgrath, or a pollock at the other end......he would have been an even more tougher proposition