Great test, great series

Great test, great series

Post by dechuck » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 16:42:00


Congratulations to the Indians for retaining the trophy.

I for one was surprised how well they played in the tests after their poor
lead up games, the batsman in particular realised their great ability on the
Australian pitches.

For the Australians well done to bat out the day on a SCG 5th day pitch
although it didn't seem to have the demons that everyone expected.

A most enjoyable series.

Now for the pyjama game :-(

 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by Madhusudan Sing » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 16:51:52

Quote:

> Congratulations to the Indians for retaining the trophy.

> I for one was surprised how well they played in the tests after their poor
> lead up games, the batsman in particular realised their great ability on the
> Australian pitches.

> For the Australians well done to bat out the day on a SCG 5th day pitch
> although it didn't seem to have the demons that everyone expected.

> A most enjoyable series.

> Now for the pyjama game :-(

The whole series was a big waste of time. What kind of a result is 1-1
with Stephen "Result" Waugh playing ?

The fellow turned out to be a wuss after all.

And the BG trophy is not worth the stuff it is made out of. Ditch it into
the Indian Ocean for all I care.

 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by Gafoo » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 16:52:51

Quote:


>> Congratulations to the Indians for retaining the trophy.

>> I for one was surprised how well they played in the tests after
>> their poor lead up games, the batsman in particular realised their
>> great ability on the Australian pitches.

>> For the Australians well done to bat out the day on a SCG 5th day
>> pitch although it didn't seem to have the demons that everyone
>> expected.

>> A most enjoyable series.

>> Now for the pyjama game :-(

> The whole series was a big waste of time. What kind of a result is 1-1
> with Stephen "Result" Waugh playing ?

Are you trolling or are you serious ?

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Quote:

> The fellow turned out to be a wuss after all.

> And the BG trophy is not worth the stuff it is made out of. Ditch it
> into the Indian Ocean for all I care.


 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by Hawkey » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 16:53:45


Quote:
> Congratulations to the Indians for retaining the trophy.

> I for one was surprised how well they played in the tests after their poor
> lead up games, the batsman in particular realised their great ability on
the
> Australian pitches.

> For the Australians well done to bat out the day on a SCG 5th day pitch
> although it didn't seem to have the demons that everyone expected.

> A most enjoyable series.

> Now for the pyjama game :-(

It will be very tough for these players to get motivated for the VB series
so soon
(in 2 days). I do not expect Kumble to play, that's for sure (his arm must
be close to falling off)
 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by AKan » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 16:58:23

Quote:
> And the BG trophy is not worth the stuff it is made out of. Ditch it into
> the Indian Ocean for all I care.

I agree.

Also the SRT 300 odd  not out, Kumble's wickets - I feel the fact that
we did not win makes it just irrelevant. Who cares.

Ashish

 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by Madhusudan Sing » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 17:05:55

Quote:

>> And the BG trophy is not worth the stuff it is made out of. Ditch it into
>> the Indian Ocean for all I care.

> I agree.

> Also the SRT 300 odd  not out, Kumble's wickets - I feel the fact that
> we did not win makes it just irrelevant. Who cares.

> Ashish

And both performances were also worthy of a result. I have never seen a
bowler bowl with such little support at the other end through exhaustion
and yet return with such impressive figures.

Given the insipid batting of the Aussies and the real possibility of
actually setting a record for a successful chase, one might consider
oneself cheated. I do not think I would have felt so bad had India even
lost after a fireworks filled final day.

Anticlimax in one word.

 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by Shripathi Kamat » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 17:01:58


Quote:

> > And the BG trophy is not worth the stuff it is made out of. Ditch it
into
> > the Indian Ocean for all I care.

> I agree.

> Also the SRT 300 odd  not out, Kumble's wickets - I feel the fact that
> we did not win makes it just irrelevant. Who cares.

You for one.  You are taking the trouble to point them out.

--
Shripathi Kamath

 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by Shripathi Kamat » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 18:23:36


Quote:
> Congratulations to the Indians for retaining the trophy.

> I for one was surprised how well they played in the tests after their poor
> lead up games, the batsman in particular realised their great ability on
the
> Australian pitches.

> For the Australians well done to bat out the day on a SCG 5th day pitch
> although it didn't seem to have the demons that everyone expected.

> A most enjoyable series.

Hear hear!  Agree with everything you said, and I think I understood all of
it.

Quote:

> Now for the pyjama game :-(

What?  You threatening to fire blanks again?

--
Shripathi Kamath

 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by Michael Creeve » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 19:01:34


Quote:

> Given the insipid batting of the Aussies and the real possibility of
> actually setting a record for a successful chase, one might consider
> oneself cheated. I do not think I would have felt so bad had India even
> lost after a fireworks filled final day.

> Anticlimax in one word.

snips

Look, I can understand that, certainly if Aust won it would have been
grossly unfair considering that India did have nearly all the running of
this test match, and yes they did have slightly the bung end of the umpiring
decisions. And yes there were some exceptional Indian performances in this
test, and in the series. OTOH the blame needs to be laid at the feet of the
groundsman, who produced not even a Krumbler, but a road. A bowler killer.
Never have I followed a days cricket without a single appeal- not even in
Calcutta 01. But that happened d2 of this game. And, let's face it, the type
of pitches produced in this series suited India, so don't whinge too much
about that.

Regards,
Michael Creevey

 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by Allan Lazra » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 20:17:14

Quote:

> > And the BG trophy is not worth the stuff it is made out of. Ditch it into
> > the Indian Ocean for all I care.

> I agree.

> Also the SRT 300 odd  not out, Kumble's wickets - I feel the fact that
> we did not win makes it just irrelevant. Who cares.

> Ashish

Yes, a fantastic Test series comes to an end. I must compliment both
sides for outstanding cricket played throughout the series. The
batsmen fared better, but the bowlers too had their moments.

Among the batsmen, Ponting & Dravid shone with some excellent batting.
Laxman was immaculate in that knock of 75 at Brisbane. He also played
priceless knocks at Adelaide & Melbourne. Ganguly played a captain's
knock at Brisbane and SRT finally came back to form in the last Test
at Sydney.

Among the bowlers, Kumble was a revelation. His ability to bowl the
wrong 'un and vary his flight and pace kept most Aussie batsmen
guessing. He did very well in the last test at the SCG pitch which
suited spinners more than seamers. Aggy did well in Adelaide but was
pretty inconsistent after that. Zaheer had a marvellous spell in
Brisbane. None of the Aussie bowlers took a 5fer in this series,
suggests an overdependence on McGrath/Warne. Only Gillespie looked
threatening among the bowlers. Bracken was no great shakes and looks
very unlikely to find a place in the Aussie test squad again.

Australian selectors have some serious thinking to do next time round.
I feel that India can claim to have the m***victory since they came
as underdogs with nobody epecting them to do well. In fact, many were
predicting a 4-0 whitewash. So in that sense, a 1-1 scoreline looks
much more respectable.

 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by bigbadj » Wed, 07 Jan 2004 21:12:41

Yes, it was a great series.
Thank you India....and we will look forward to next time.


Quote:
> Congratulations to the Indians for retaining the trophy.

> I for one was surprised how well they played in the tests after their poor
> lead up games, the batsman in particular realised their great ability on
the
> Australian pitches.

> For the Australians well done to bat out the day on a SCG 5th day pitch
> although it didn't seem to have the demons that everyone expected.

> A most enjoyable series.

> Now for the pyjama game :-(

 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by Aditya Basru » Thu, 08 Jan 2004 02:37:58



Quote:



> > Congratulations to the Indians for retaining the trophy.

> > I for one was surprised how well they played in the tests after their
poor
> > lead up games, the batsman in particular realised their great ability on
> the
> > Australian pitches.

> > For the Australians well done to bat out the day on a SCG 5th day pitch
> > although it didn't seem to have the demons that everyone expected.

> > A most enjoyable series.

> Hear hear!  Agree with everything you said, and I think I understood all
of
> it.

> > Now for the pyjama game :-(

> What?  You threatening to fire blanks again?

ROLF.

Aditya

 
 
 

Great test, great series

Post by Michael Creeve » Thu, 08 Jan 2004 06:09:27


Quote:
> On Tuesday 06 January 2004 05:01, Michael Creevey





> >> Given the insipid batting of the Aussies and the real possibility of
> >> actually setting a record for a successful chase, one might consider
> >> oneself cheated. I do not think I would have felt so bad had India even
> >> lost after a fireworks filled final day.

> >> Anticlimax in one word.

> > snips

> > Look, I can understand that, certainly if Aust won it would have been
> > grossly unfair considering that India did have nearly all the running of

> There is nothing "unfair" about a hard fought loss on D5 of such a Test.
As
> I said, I would have taken that with better cheer than this kind of end.

Bet you wouldn't.

Quote:

> > this test match, and yes they did have slightly the bung end of the
> > umpiring decisions. And yes there were some exceptional Indian

> Umpiring is incompetent at times, but I do not think it is biased. In a
> sense, it is the luck of the draw. Had India been batting last, I think
the
> Aussies would have had those decisions thrown at their faces.

Only by whinging Indians.

Quote:

> > performances in this test, and in the series. OTOH the blame needs to be
> > laid at the feet of the groundsman, who produced not even a Krumbler,
but
> > a road. A bowler killer. Never have I followed a days cricket without a
> > single appeal- not even in Calcutta 01. But that happened d2 of this
game.
> > And, let's face it, the type of pitches produced in this series suited
> > India, so don't whinge too much about that.

> Indians had no part in preparing the pitches. That is an issue for the
> Aussie board to sort out.

An important factor was the weather, Australia is still suffering the
lingering effects of a 5 year drought.

Maybe they thought that with McGrath missing

Quote:
> (though we also missed Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra effectively), the pace
> advtantage over India was not so much as to lay a typically Aussie pitch.

The fact is, Australian pitches are not prepared merely to assist the home
team, which one cannot say for certain other countries. Still, with a bit
more watering one could have expected a little more life. The fact remains
that Indians should not whinge, they should be happy in their team's
achievement, and very happy that pitches suited them far more than they
could ever have expected.

Quote:
> Further, the fashion of drop pitches is a result of the fact that these
> grounds are used for football in the off season, from what I hear.

Can have unpredictable results. Mainly done in Melbourne.

Quote:

> I wonder how do Mohali and Eden Gardens stack up against any of these
> pitches.

The Sydney wicket, IMO, offered less sideways movement than Kokata '01.

Regards,
Michael Creevey