Also I am surprised why SA did not allow follow on. They could have wrapped up the game today.
I think Smith was disappointed at the way they got out in the first innings and wanted to give his team batting practise.
More seriously, I guess they don't want to be in a situation where Pak score 400 in the second innings and SA get 100 allout chasing 150.
You must always remember Pakistan have made some of the best comebacks in cricketing history.
Their turn-arounds can be phenomenal.
It's quite scary just how good they are in a way. When they beat us 2-0 last summer I was quite disappointed but it looks like we got off quite lightly. They seem to be top of there form at the moment and I can't see anyway that England or anyone else can overthrow them. My only hope is that when Smith/Kallis etc retire there is nobody to replace them.
Abhinav S wrote:
India goes to SA sometime this year.
That doesn't look good, if I remember rightly it was 1-1 last time but since then both teams have gone in opposite directions.
My only hope is that when Smith/Kallis etc retire there is nobody to replace them.
The bowlers will still be around for some time - Philander is here to stay and Steyn is not going anywhere in a hurry.
Once Kallis retires, there will be a big hole in their side.
Smith, I guess, will be around for at least another couple of years.
Jimmy Savile wrote:
since then both teams have gone in opposite directions.
In the present Indian line-up, I don't find a single batsman capable of handling Steyn and co.
Kohli might just do a Misbah and score 50 odd in an innings but the rest don't look like they have a chance.
What about Pujara, he looks like a very good player from what I have seen of him. Thinking of it a bit further even if Pujara and Kohli do perform to there full potential I think the Bowlers are going to struggle to get them out. Ojha looks good and Ashwin is very reliable but I think the pitches there favour the fast bowlers.
I would also like to add NRN's[^] reply to the question,
According to you, what are the biggest challenges that India faces, from this stand point?
I think first challenge we have is overcoming our apathy.
Second, we celebrate our victories too quickly. We make heroes out of zeros.
Third, we are not very open-minded.
Fourth, we are very thin skinned. We see insults where there are none, because we don’t have self-confidence!!
The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.
After almost 2 years I will be visiting India in March/April.
Everything finalised and approved. Just need to book the tickets.
Im so excited , especially for my daughter as she will experince it better than last time.
Here I come
Too much of good is bad,mix some evil in it