:) >Also, I followed the Australia-India series pretty closely. Though I strongly
:) >feel that final score-line(4-0) didn't reflect India's performance(Especially
:) >the bowling), I must say the Aussie top order batting made the difference. You
:) >were right about the totals being around 300. But in many cases, this was not
:) >Indicative of the performances of the top-order. The usual score-line was
:) >about 260-4 , following which they would get bundled out for 320 odd, Thanks
:) >to Prabhakar and Srinath. Could someone post the statistics of the Aussie
:) It should be thanks to Kapil and Prabhakar...Srinath was'nt even in the
:) vicinity of taking wickets in that series...If I remember right Kapil had
:) taken 26 wkts, Prabhakar ~17 and Srinath just ~10 or so...
:) (Btw, Sanjay Naik are you there ? There, I tell the truth when it concerns
:) Kapil Vs Srinath... and ofcourse, I'm more a fan of Kapil than Srinath:o)
Kapil took 25 at 25.80, Prabhakar took 19 at 35.79 and Srinath took 10 at
48.67. Kapil had two 5-wicket hauls, whereas Prabhakar had one. (Srinath had
none. In fact, he doesn't have one to date. His best was 4/33 in SA.)
Prabhakar was ok, but his average is not too good. Srinath did nothing
anywhere close to what Balky seems to think he did. Kapil's average and
strike rate were good and compare with those of McDermott, Hughes and
Whitney. Prabhakar was substandard (at the international level) and Srinath
was bad (of course, it was his first series...).
I posted some stats a few weeks back that conclusively showed that Kapil's
average and strike rate sicne Srinath's debut were far superior to
Srinath's. Even when one removes Srinath's performances on the Oz tour from
the stats (he wasn't good then), Kapil has better strike rate and average!
Unfortunately, no one notices when Kapil takes 3 wickets or 4 wickets in an
innings. Even when he takes 5 wickets in an innings twice in a series, no
one notices. OTOH, they get all e***d up when Srinath does something
decent. Nothing wrong with being e***d about a new talent, but don't
apply different standards to Kaps! Give him the credit he deserves! He has
been India's second best bowler (statistically) in the last 2-3 years (first
:) To say Aussie batting made the difference is wrong too. It was more that
:) India's batting was the difference. Throughout the series, it was the
Very true. Shastri and SRT had averages of 60 and 46, but no other top-order
bat had an average above 22. More and Prabhakar were at #3, 4 positions in
the averages list (with 28.6 and 28). Very substandard performances from
India's top-order batsmen there....
:) bowlers who bowled for India and it was the bolwers who batted for India
:) except for some stray innings from Tendulkar and Azhar and Shastri.
:) That was exactly the same story in S.Africa too. There was a funny story
:) going around in India that time. India had the best opening partnership
:) in tests (I think 4th test in SA) after quite sometime. It was said
:) that it was due to Prabhakar opening the innings and probably they should
:) continue the batting order from 7 to 11 and then come back to No1 to 6...
Actually, India's opening partnership in the 4th test in SA wasn't India's
"best after quite sometime". Here are India's `opening partnerships' on the
tours of Australia and SA:
Australia 1 : Shastri, Srikkanth (21, 0)
Australia 2 : -do- (11, 13)
Australia 3 : Shastri, Sidhu (7, -)
Australia 4 : Srikkanth, Sidhu (30, 52)
Australia 5 : -do- (25, 82) <===
SA 1 : Shastri, Jadeja (18, -)
SA 2 : -do- (27, 68)
SA 3 : Shastri, Raman (43, 1)
SA 4 : Prabhakar, Jadeja (44, 21) <===
India's highest opening partnership during this period was between Srikkanth
and Sidhu (82 when chasing a target of more than 400 in slightly more than a
day). However, interestingly, India collapsed from 82/1 to 141 (all out) to
lose the series 4-1. After Srikkanth and Sidhu made 38 and 35, no Indian
batsman other than Azhar (who made 24) reached 2 digits.
So, your assertion is statistically wrong.
However, if you confine to first innings, that assertion is right. But, the
partnership between Shastri and Raman in the previous match was just one run
People were happy in the 4th test with Prabhakar because that 44-run
partnership came just on the heels of that loss and also because Prabhakar
had a 85-run partnership with Manjrekar in the 4th test you mentioned (for
the second wicket).
In any case, Prabhakar did well in the series with England, but some credit
for that should go to the English bowlers!