“It looked like a contest between a professional team and a schoolboys team.”
Sunil Gavaskar is scathing in his criticism of the Indian team’s performance against a superior English side.
What he really meant:
“It’s no wonder warm-up games feature second string players (Northamptonshire).”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Isn’t this remark pithier than Boycott’s ‘India played like Bangladesh’?”
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Woes with the bowling attack has led to critics lending suggestions as to how the men in blue can overcome their travails.
There is, however, no need to make a mountain of a molehill.
There is less to be concerned about than other teams like South Africa, England,Pakistan or Sri Lanka. Australia and the West Indies are notable , even surprising, exceptions. Maybe playing to your strengths even in alien conditions has its merits.
India have not exhibited their best but have continued their winning ways. It has not been great watching but it’s been effective.
At the end of the day, it’s about getting the job done. Winning ugly is still winning.
My dog, Bolshoi The Boxer, wants me to buy him a plane ticket to South Africa.
Bolshoi is a huge cricket fan and the performance of the Indian cricket team in the first Test at the Centurion has him worried.
“How can the No. 1 Test team in the world stutter to 136-9? And none of the batsmen could score a fifty?”
“That’s easy to answer. They were Morkeled and Steyned.” I reply.
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Two Tests into the Ashes and England are up 1-0. It could very well have been 1-1 but for a stirring fight-back by Strauss, Cook and Trott in the first Test at the Gabba. At least, that’s how the optimists in the Australian camp would like to look at it.
That’s not how the realists see it. The selectors pressed the panic button in the run-up to the series when they announced a squad of 17 for the first Test. They compounded their folly by dropping Mitchell Johnson after the initial Test performance. What if the selectors had dropped Hussey from the squad? Not quite a vote of confidence in the players who have served you well in the past three years.