A good slap on Dhoni's face for crying and asking for spinning track post 1st
test match. :->
He asked for bounce. The first pitch and this pitch both take turn, just that this pitch also had very good bounce. So what he asked for was right, just that their spinners were better bowlers and our batsmen sucked.
If we go talent wise, if SRT is in form, he can outplay KP (well just sayin')
2 years back, maybe. Today, no way! He's in fairly good form and timing the ball, just that at nearly 40 his reflexes are not quick enough. He scored a 100 in the Ranji game a few weeks ago. But against Test quality bowlers, it's unlikely that he'd get a 100 again unless it's a really flat surface.
All out in 44.1 overs
Even though most of the players scored less than 10(decimal ) I noticed that most of them did hit the boundary. Only Dhoni, Ashwin and Zaheer didn't hit a single boundary.
Ashwin atleast has a 2 digit score.
I don't read CP articles nowadays, as I just don't get the time to do that. Specially if it's stuff like WPF that's now semi-obsolete (although we use it at work). If I get a chance to go through your article I will share my comments. The topic sounds interesting.
I would disagree with you on that comment. India are in a period of transition but I still see them in a top 4 with Aus/SA/Eng. Also let's not forget this series isn't over yet and India can still come away with a 3-1 win.
They won't dare give a turner when your spinners can bowl better than ours can
There's talk over here of doing that to the Aussies next summer, i.e. preparing turners and hitting them with Swann/Monty, I'd love to see it, but I don't think it will happen.
Back to the current series, I think the next pitch will still be a turner. I think Dhoni still believes that this gives India the best chance against India, and to be fair to him the margin of defeat wasn't as great as it looked on paper, if India had got Cook or Pietersen out earlier it would have been a different story. Much the same as if in the 1st game if we had got Pujara out early it would have been a different result.
Only positive of the second inning for India was Sachin didn't get bowled out.
True. Still humiliating for Sachin and his fans. I think the 3rd Test will be played on a very flat surface so that Sachin and other Indian batsmen can score some 100s, even though the match would probably end in a draw.
Just had a look at your Bio and the bit about P.G. Wodehouse. I love his books(only discovered him about 6 months ago), although a lot of his books follow the same sort of template I find them very good and cheerful. Quite sad he was only a Sir for 44 days, they should have knighted him a lot earlier. Is your style of writing similar?