Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cricket's Big Boss India

It's a famous victory for Team India. They have emerged as a superpower in cricket. They have whitewashed the Aussies and clinched the series 2-0. In recent times, Australia had such a dominance in world cricket that I don't remember the last time when Australia lost all the matches in a series.

Team India played like real Champions. It was a complete team effort where experienced players showed their authority on the game and youngsters showed their skills and talent. India showed the world that why they are the No.1 ranked side in Tests. It was really an outstanding performance. First time in their history Aussies have gone down to No.5 in the Test rankings and are now placed below their traditional rivals England for the first time.

After the recent controversies in cricket, it was a refreshing Test series. Both the teams played with great spirit. It was a great display of class between these two sides. Aussies performed well in patches but failed to convert them into match winning performances. Except Ponting, all other Aussie players failed to perform. Consistency was missing. Australian bowling attack lacked the fire-power. The killing instinct wasn't present there. Clearly, it’s a sign of the end of the Australian golden era in cricket. As they say, every good thing comes to an end, the Australian dominance over the world cricket has finally ended.

Laxman’s knock in the 2nd innings of the first Test on the 5th day was remarkable. The way he snatched the victory from the jaws of Australia was amazing. It was one of the best innings I have ever seen on a 5th day pitch. Don’t forget the rock solid Ishant, who supported Laxman very well. Actually, it was Ishant’s spell on the 4th day which had turned the things around for India.

The way Sachin batted in the 2nd Test is inexplicable. In his 21st year of International career, he is truly remarkable. He has scored most runs in 2010 and that's why now he has achieved the No.1 ranking in Test cricket. It shows that if you love what you are doing then nothing is impossible, nothing can stop you, even your age isn't a factor. Sachin’s contribution is not only limited to his batting but the way he mentors the youngsters and inspires them to perform well is really outstanding. 

Pujara and Vijay showed that now they are ready and capable of playing at the International level. They have a great temperament with some good technique. Their technique is bit similar to VVS Laxman. But the thing which I liked most in them is the way they handled the pressure. It gives us a hope that Indian cricket is in good hands after the trinity of Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. Future is looks bright at the moment.

Credit also goes to Indian bowlers, they bowled wonderfully well. Zaheer’s reverse swinging deliveries were almost unplayable. Spinners were brilliant too. Harbhajan struggled a bit but bowled well in the 2nd innings of 2nd Test. Ojha had a great series too. 

Team India played as an unit. It's a victory of the complete team effort, thanks to all the supporting staffs.

(Image via ESPN-Cricinfo)


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