Image via Wikipedia The second Test match at Hyderabad ended as a damp squib as well. There were many who considered the tourists easy meat coming into the Test series. The New Zealand batsmen obviously had other thoughts. Except for the first innings here when they collapsed after a healthy start, they have made the…
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The third one-day between India and Australia was rained off. A similar fate befell the first one-day at Kochi.
It just goes to show that cramming in a series in the usual off-season requires adequate planning and though we had a wonderful Test series, the fans and spectators were left short-changed by the washout of the two ODIs.
To put it succinctly: India won a match they should have lost. Australia lost a game they should have won.
Neither team deserved to lose and it was a great advertisement for Test cricket. That’s what Test cricket is all about. It’s not over until it’s truly over!
The difference was that man VVS Laxman, who reserves his best for the kangaroos.
The Aussies kept digging into their marsupial pockets for ways to counter the Hyderabadi’s merry march to victory but there were just no tricks up their sleeves.
Ricky Ponting, unlike his predecessor, Steve Waugh, seems to more often than not, let the game drift and that seems to be exactly the case once again when the Aussies, by rights, should have been going in for the kayo.
No discredit to the fighting qualities exhibited by Laxman, Sharma and Ojha but Ponting needs a new thinking cap and soon!