Saturday, January 19, 2008

Tigers beat Kangaroos in Perth

Indian Tigers pull out a thrilling victory on the Perth wicket. Yes, you read it right, on Perth. Before the start of the match everyone was of the opinion that the pitch won't crumble but the Indian batting might. Also, after the Sydney fiasco that seemed a logical outcome. However, Indian cricket team proved everyone wrong.
The victory march of the Australian cricket team was stalled once again by India. They were thinking of breaking their own record of 16 straight victories. However, India had some other plans.
After the Sydney episode, I personally was looking forward for a strong fight back from India. Frankly I did not expect India to win or give such a strong reply. The arrogance of Ricky Ponting was outdone by Anil Kumble's patience and doggedness. Anil Kumble has emerged as a great leader.

Ishant Sharma, the young lad bowled with a big heart. He took only one wicket but a very important one that of Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain.

Irfan Pathan had sent the openers back in both innings. He too has made a great comeback. He is a champion allrounder in the making.

Rudra Pratap Singh too bowled nicely. Virender Sehwag was the surprise package. He took two wickets to pave way for India's victory.
On the batting front too Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer gave a good enough start. Then Rahul Dravid, Irfan Pathan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin, VVS laxman and even R P Singh contributed to ensure India is in a comfortable position.
This victory is a very special one. To win when no one expects you to even draw the test match itself is a big achievement.

Anil Kumble's 600th test wicket could not have come at a better occasion.
All in all a very good test victory for India. After all winning test matches is not monkey business.

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