After a period of about 3 years, I got to watch the 1st ODI between NZ
and IND. Here are some brief observations:
1. SRT *has* to be over rated. After hearing all the adulations from
just about every authority in the world, I have yet to see an innings of
substance from him (the last time I watched him was at home against WI).
It may be that I happen to watch the few times he has failed, but he has
never looked comfortable, or in control. When I watched him in India (do
not recall dates or specific matches), he did have a couple of good
innings, but even then one had the feeling that he could be out the very
next ball. None of the composure and class that SMG exuded, for example.
The ball he got out too was a good ball, but the #1 bat in the world
should not have succumbed to it - IMHO. I hope I change my opinion after
I get to see him a few times.
This past Sunday, TV Asia also re-ran the first match of the SINGER
championships in SL. SRT scored a 65. Regrettably, my opinion was just
reinforced. That innings, had it come from McMillan for ex., would have
been termed a "good" inning. Just because it ws SRT, everyone in the
commentary booth seemed obligated to call it brilliant, breathtaking
etc. Ganguly's shots in that innings were more worhty of praise than
Of course, my disappointment is not based on watching him over a number
of years, in scores of matches and is just an impression. I hope that
changes over the next few months.
2. Dravid is just *awesome*. Take my comments above and completely
reverse them. Never looked bothered, the ball always found the middle of
the bat, did not have to resort to hoisting the ball for runs (I hate
that one day shot - 2 bounces to the boundary, over mid-wicket. Reminds
me of my own batting). Just pure class. Simply the number one bat on
both sides, by a long mile. Is "the #1 fan of Dravid on RSC" taken?
3. Our bowling sucks. Never looked like we were going to restrict the
NZers, or take wickets. Going back to the SL game re-run, Agarkar must
have been sorely missed. That guy has potential! Wonder if he is making
progress with his injury. Any chance of him returning for the Pakistan
4. NZers looked a professional side, from start to end. I don't know how
of that was due to our own dismal showing.
5. Every single commentator was sub-par. Not one insightful comment!
6. Very distratcting to have the music playing throughout the match.
Takes away from getting into the 'trance' mode, where you stare at the
tube in intense concentration and are transported into a different,
7. General: The lights fiasco must have been embarassing to the
organizers. Was the ground smaller than average? It sure seemed that
way. The crowd seemd to be having a good time, though. During the
interruption due to the lights failure, they cut to Charu Sharma swaying
his considerable hips in cadence to some song, and I almost turned the
damn tube off. I wish thay had shown more footage of the falls and the
surrounding areas - looked absolutely gorgeous! Next vacation plans were
influenced by the little they showed of the country.
I hesitate to go on, because I am getting the 2 games I saw mixed up,
having had little sleep this weekend. Here's to a better match on