Aftermath of the 3rd India-Pak test at Bangalore

The third and final test between India and Pakistan ended yesterday at Bangalore. India needed to bat the whole of the last day with 10 wickets in hand and well, they couldn’t manage to do that. In the end, it was a pretty morale-boosting victory for Pakistan. I watched the complete action of the final day’s play and here are some of my obervations:

  1. India should have played their natural game throughout the day. When Veeru got out, India shut shop. That gave Pakistan an advantage – they knew that India was not going for the win and so they attacked like anything. They had 6 players around the bat on an average.
  2. The pitch was a mine field – the ball was almost turning square. Having said that, Indians, who are supposed to be great players of spin should have played it better. Of course, the fact that they were in a defensive mindset didn’t help – it helped Pakistan to set aggressive fields – 6/7 players around the bat.
  3. Laxman and Saurav should not play test cricket for at least some more seasons.
  4. Even today, only Sachin seems to possess the best technique to play the turning ball with soft hands – others are just rank useless.
  5. I am always scared of Shahid Afridi and well, his performance just proves it. His whirlwind innings in the 2nd innings and more importantly, his aggressive bowling on the final day really helped Pakistan to clinch the match.
  6. All said and done, it was a day where your heart was in your mouth,especially with the ball turning like a snake during the last 2 sessions and Indians adopting a defensive attitude.
  7. I cannot believe how Saurav got out – that was just poor batting – in both innings and that too to leg spinners ! – god only knows what happened to him.
  8. Finally, I think the Pakistan team deserved the win – they fought harder. The last day’s pitch might be really bad for batting, but “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar”.
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Postcards from Kolkata – March 29th, 2005

I arrived in Kolkata on March 25th from Trivandrum. The total flying time was around 5 hours – that is because there is no direct flight from Trivandrum to Kolkata and so, I had to fly via Mumbai. Appa and Amma had come to receive me at the airport and as usual, we were all thrilled to see each other. However, there was one noticeable differencethan last year – most of the time, the topic centered around Susmita :).

It has been good till now – meeting friends, relatives, in-laws etc. Unlike in Trivandrum, where it was mostly work, here it is mostly pleasure :). Also, since you are meeting your relatives most of the time, people keep asking about Susmita. That makes me feel her absence even more. Next time, I am not coming alone – that is for sure 🙂 !

The weather in Kolkata has been quite good. It is hot but surprisingly it is not as humid as in Julyof last year. As I write this, there is a lovely breeze blowing and I can see some dark green cocunut and palm trees outside and hear some birds chirping. From the other window, I can also hear the car/bus horns blow trying its best to spoil the tranquility that I am trying to experience – India is indeed a wonderful place !.

Peace!
Thyaga