> > > tapped the keyboard and brought forth:
> > >>MoM count
> > >>13 for bowling/all-round performance [4 for Pathan incl. 3 vs. Zim/BD,
> > >>3 Kumble, 2 Harby, 2 Zaheer incl. 1 vs. BD, 1 Sreesanth, 1 Murali
> > >>Kartik]
> > >>4 for batting [2 Dravid, 1 Ganguly, 1 Sehwag]
> > >>1 for the opposition [Ashtrayful]
> > >>Ridiculously lop-sided, no? I know bowlers win matches and all, but
> > >>that's a bit of a myth also, since batsmen are supposed to set the
> > >>bowlers up by putting up big scores. I'm sure historically batsmen
> > >>have had as much or more to do with Indian test wins than bowlers.
> > > How about looking through the scorecards of those matches?
> > > If you do, you will spot that in most of the wins, no single batsman
> > > did outstandingly well while a single bowler took a lot of wickets.
> > > Typically there is a plethora of half-centuries and one bowler who
> > > takes nine or ten wickets in the match, so if you are looking for a
> > > single individual to give an award to, it's going to be the bowler.
> > I imagine Samarth is aware of that. ?The question is why this spread of
> > runs/wickets has become the typical pattern for an Indian win.
> Exactly. The traditional home win has often involved the batsmen
> piling up a mammoth score and wickets falling somewhat evenly among
> the spinners, with a couple thrown in for the pacers as well. The MoM
> would end up going to the batsmen because the bowlers' wickets could
> be attributed to the pressure the batsmen created combined with the
> help from the pitch.
> Kumble, for example, a bowler who is very likely to take a ton of
> cheap wickets when India wins at home, has won only 5 MoMs in the
> first 15 years of his career. And then 3 in the last 3 years, when
> arguably, his powers have actually waned.
> The traditional away win - well, there's been no such thing. But even
> on the few occasions we have won abroad, the batsmen have done as well
> or better than the bowlers.
Among our away wins:
WI 1971 - I think Venkat was our best bowler and his best spell of the
series was 5/95 or some such.
Probably '71 Oval was Chandra more than any batsman.
1976 Auckland - SMG and Surinder Amarnath had a huge partnership.
Prasanna took 11 in the game. Don't know who "wins".
406/4 - that's because of the batsmen. We didn't get 20 wickets even.
Aus 1977-8, well the bowling sucked enough to let depleted Aus chase
350 in the 4th innings, and also gave Tony Mann a 100. Somewhere in
there Chandra took 12/104 in a test. The batsmen strung together a
couple of pretty good 4th innings chases. Despite Chandra's efforts,
from memory, the batsmen did better on this tour.
Probably Melbourne '81 was a joint bowling / batting effort, although
I know which way RK leans on this test. :-)
England 1986 - Vengsarkar ruled, all the bowlers chipped in.
Colombo 1993 - SRT/Sidhu/Kambli all got 100s, vs Kumble taking 5/90 in
the 4th innings.
Trinidad 2002 - 80+ runs in the game for all of SRT/Gangs/RSD/VVSL,
the highest wicket-taker was Srinath with 6 in the game.
Kandy 2001 - Ganguly got 98* in a 4th innings chase of 250+. Either
Zaheer or Nehra took 7 in the game, but at best this was a joint
effort, since India let Murali score 60+ in setting the target !!!
Headingley 2002 - centuries for Dravid/SRT/Gangs, no 5-fer
Adelaide 2003 - Aggy took a 6-fer, but Dravid scored 300+ runs in the
Multan - 309 Sehwag.
Pindi - 270 Dravid.
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