Saturday, May 8, 2010
Kangaroo's knock out punch
The match was built-up as a clash between heavyweights of world cricket but in the end, turned out to be one-sided as the kangaroo from Australia gave a knock out punch to the slumbering Indian elephant.
India won the toss and strangely elected to field though, their strength was in their batting line-up. Harbie again did a good job, but Jadeja bowled rubbish. I wonder why does he get picked so many times. Jadeja's bowling made me think of all those matches we used to play during childhood days by belting juicy long hops for huge sixes. I have seen far better bowlers at the club level than Jadeja as he can't even bowl decent line and length. Nehra again bowled ok but Yusuf, Zaheer and co. weren't much better than Jadeja. I think it is time to give the underrated medium pacer Vinay a chance. He is just a medium pace bowler,but at least would give 110% on the field and for a medium pacer, can surprise the batsmen with a nippy bouncer which is better than bowling half-trackers and can bat a bit.
Australian bowlers like Nannes and Tait came hard at the Indian batsmen on a pitch tailor made for the Australian fast bowlers and under pressure India capitulated. Shamra played some glorious shots and looked in great touch. Only if he could do it in international cricket under pressure it would be better and not when everything is lost, but he obviously has the talent to succeed. Harbie again showed some spirit against his favourite opponents Australia, but it was too late as Australia romped home to a comfortable victory.
India have to think about their bowling as if they continue to bowl like what they did yesterday, opposition batsmen would be queuing up to face the dibbly dobblers from India.
Australian batting looks very strong and thankfully Clarke didn't come in at 3. Nannes continues to impress and there is Johnson and Tait as well. The pitch at Barbados is quick and that helps, so Australia do look very strong.