Tuesday, March 14, 2006

India vs. England: T2D5

Short of time, so even briefer than usual comments on this one:

  • Virender Sehwag - has he turned an important corner here? A match-winning second innings knock, and it was obvious that he was fighting against natural instinct on several occasions. It's early yet, but this could be the first step in his change from attacking dynamo to great batsman.
  • Munaf Patel - 87mph inswinging yorkers. Reminds me of a bloke called Waqar Younis. Amusingly, Srinath felt India couldn't have asked more of him; but Deano was annoyed at the way he trundled in and took an over to warm up on Day 5. Once more, the difference in approaches highlighted.
  • The Pitch - hats off to the PCA. That was a brilliant cricket wicket. A touch of pace, bounce, and turn. Harmison (bounce/pace), Patel and Hoggard (swing and variation), Kumble (grip and turn) all had something to get excited about if they put in the effort, and at the same time, a quality batsmen could get himself set and play his shots. You couldn't ask for much more.
Mumbai of late has been a raging turner - so that could be a lot of fun. England have serious #8 problems - if I were them I'd be bringing in Owais Shah in place of Plunkett, given that he is arguably the best player of spin bowling in the England camp. India may bring back Kaif or Laxman in place of Chawla with a view to securing the series.

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