In what was termed to be a revenge series for team India after their humiliating 4-0 loss in England earlier this year, the recently concluded India England test series turned out to be a damp squid especially for Indian cricket enthusiasts. Not only did England manage to beat India at their home, they rewrote cricketing history by winning a test series in India after 28 long years. At the end of the day the 2-1 series loss gave a fair reflection of the kind of cricket played out by the two teams, with England team managing to win more session and apply sustained pressure on the Indian bowling line up while the Indian spinners failed to create their magic on turning Indian pitches.
Ricky “The Punter” Ponting, former Australian cricket captain, retired from international cricket at the end of the third test match against South Africa. The former Aussie skipper at 37 years is the second highest run scorer in Test history. The match in Perth was his 168th Test for the baggy greens. At the press conference Ricky confirmed that the decision was not influenced by the selectors as he was not performing at the highest level for the last 18 months or so. He just amassed a meager 20 runs in the first two test matches against the Proteas and this prompted the decision to retire.
The seven wicket defeat India suffered against England has had its fallout. As a result of the dismal show, key players of the team like Zaheer, Harbhajan and Yuvraj have been dropped from the squad.
England scored a convincing 7 wicket victory over India in the third test match at Eden Gardens to lead the series 2 – 1. This is a remarkable achievement as very few teams have managed to win 2 tests on the trot while touring India. The total batting collapse from India ensured that England only needed to chase a modest 41 runs to take the unassailable lead.
After the defeat in the test series at the hands of England, India intends to put up a spirited fight against the English team in the upcoming T 20 series. Two matches are scheduled to be played in the T 20 competition and the same will be held in Pune and Mumbai respectively on December 20th and December 22nd respectively.
Despite a lackluster performance in the second test in Mumbai, the board has not done any change in the team for the third test to be held in Kolkata. The test begins on 5th December and the under performing players have got another chance to prove their worth.
Wankhade stadium in Mumbai has always been a happy hunting ground for the Indian cricket team, but not this time. It turned out to be a nightmare for the men in blue, led by captain cool M.S. Dhoni.
The Indian team was beaten fair and square by the visiting English team in their very own back yard. But the most humiliating aspect of this test lies in the fact that the track for the play was a tailor made ‘rank turner’ as desired by the Indian captain.
India never looked a team and not even resembled a bunch of professionals on the field. England was deservingly winners by 10 wickets, beating them hands down in every department of the game.
Choosing the squad for a home test series is perhaps the most challenging job for the Indian selectors. But when the wise men of Indian cricket declared the team for the first two test matches, a few eyebrows were raised. The selection of Yuvraj Singh was pretty much expected as he performed brilliantly against England for India A. His double hundred in the Duleep Trophy was difficult to ignore also. Ajinkya Rahane too deserved a place as he is the most talented batsman around but hardly gets a chance at the top level to prove his mettle. Playing him in the Ranji Trophy is a total waste so his selection for the test team was on the expected lines.
Sourav Ganguly – “Dada” as everyone in the field and outside it calls him, has always proven his worth as a youngster, bowler’s nightmare and a true captain of the Indian cricket team. while he wore the batting gloves, the opponent bowlers always felt some thrashing sessions are there in their way. No matter what, Sourav always plays his game his way and has made it to success most of the times. When now he has left cricket as well as the IPL team of Kolkata Knight Riders, it still seems that he doesn’t need to hunt anymore for the IPL captainship or team membership as well. Ganguly has always been a champ and really behaved like one both on and off the field. If he wishes, he can definitely get better chances to play cricket while in IPL with different top notch teams.
Ganguly has always had a winning attitude and this is what has bought him to pinnacles of success throughout his entire ODI career as well as in the IPL matches. However, there is always a best time, a good time and then of course a worse time for every top-notch player of cricket. Same instances have also been faced by our “Dada” who felt like a prince on top of the world at some winning instances and disgusted while losing some of the games. The game of cricket is actually like that – at times you win by miles and at times you lose by a few yards! Ganguly has however always maintained his rhythm, cool attitude and behavior both while he won and lost the game of cricket.
Sourav has always been high and mighty at his attitude levels which is why he was once considered the best Indian captain ever. Dada can still show up his performance in any of the IPL matches and will accolades for the same.
Cricketers in India usually grow up dreaming of playing at Lord’s one day. And a few Indian cricketers may indeed made their Lord’s appearance something to cherish. However, Kevin Pietersen had a unique dream that he was happy to accomplish even if the stadium has undergone a revamp and that there were not too many fans to soak the experience with.