Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Deserved victory

So Pakistan have beaten India in a Test series for the first time in 19 years. And it was thoroughly deserved. Most specifically, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Asif truly deserved to emerge victorious.

Ultimately, Pakistan were better when it mattered, but Saurav Ganguly and his cohorts must shoulder some of the blame for the defeat. It was desperation to accomodate him that led to playing Rahul Dravid out of position, and that as much as anything else is why India were on the losing end. You won't see Ricky Ponting or Jacques Kallis opening the batting anytime soon, and there is a reason for that.

Look out for my assessment of the players on both sides coming shortly. I'm sure there'll be one or two talking points with the grades I plan to hand out. In the meantime, it's off to watch United-Blackburn.

1 comment:

Rishi Gajria said...

Disagree with you. Now that the test series is done and dusted, I feel that Laxman was the excess baggage in the side. Ganguly looked in control in both his outings. Twice, he misjudged the balls by Abdul Razzaq and wasted his wicket.
Dravid opening the innings was his own decision. I dont think on that Karachi track, Gambhir or Jaffer would have been successful.
Overall, I think Pakistan were the hungrier side in the last game. They had our spinners sorted out and a plan for our main batters.