On Mon, 20 Dec 1999 12:37:26 -0500 "Aneesh Patel"
> Well, first of all, this was not a 4th innings chase. Secondly, Lara is not a
> grinder like Steve Waugh who can dig in steadfastly for hours at a time to help
> his team salvage a draw.
Actually, Lara has been quite ordinary in 4th innings chases himself
until that 153*. There are several examples where he has failed in the
last inngs, not least of them being the Eng test last year when Hooper
scored 94* while WI were chasing 275 odd. There are several others as
well, but that one knock of 153* has seemingly glossed over all his
past failures. I wonder what would have been his plight had Healy held
on to the catch. In fact Lara, save for the Aus test series earlier
this year, hasn't done anything of note in the past 3 years or so,
wherein he averages 40 odd (including the Aus series). Had Srt been
doing the same, I dread to think how he would have been shredded to
bits out here on rsc. The same Lara has also been present in each of
WI's 9 consecutive away losses. In fact, WI's loss to NZ sets the stage
for an interesting comparision:
Ind v/s NZ Test 1 --- India loses by 4 wickets.
SRT's scores in the test: 47 & 113.
Reactions: The next day there are numerous posts blaming Srt for the
loss, how he should have stayed on etc..
WI v/s NZ Test 1 --- WI loses by 9 wickets.
Lara's scores in the test: 24 & 1.
Reactions: Yet to be seen....
On a separate thought, imo, I would pencil in Allan Border's name first
while talking about great 4th inngs fighters. And for all of Steve
Waugh's reputation as being a grinder and salvaging a draw (I presume
you mean the 4th inngs), his record in the 4th innings is quite abysmal
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