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Taste of their own medicine

October 17, 2010

A decade back, 1999/00, Indian team led by Sachin toured Australia only to get thrashed. A 3 – 0 win for Australia in the 3 test series. Whitewash. There is nothing to hide. Indian batsmen were rattled by the pace and Indian bowlers and fielders were sent on the leather hunt. Indians were not able to match Australia’s all around attack. The only brave man who has shown the fight was Sachin as is the case of 90s. He was named as the Man-of the-series which would have made him to be embarrassed than happy. Sachin was at loss of words for the heavy defeats and as an Indian cricket fan I am really sad.

Turning the clock to 2010/11, shows the unexpected. An Australian team led by Ricky Ponting tours to India to get defeated. A 2-0 win for India in a two match series. whitewash. Even though they performed much, much better than what the Indian team done in 1999/00, a defeat is a defeat. Australians matched the superior Indians but yet succumbed to  pressure at big moments. Now its the turn of Ricky Ponting to convince his countrymen and reporters that its not that bad as the result suggests and the team has to move on. Quite Strange.

Australians at their best had this habit of killing their opponents. They won’t let their opponents to breath. There won’t be any easy runs or wickets. Even the dead rubbers made into death beds by them. Such is their positive attitude which was carried by everybody in the team. They will find somebody or other to the rescue. And those somebody were nobody but the greats of cricket like Gilchrist, McGrath, Warne, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Hayden. The stature of these people were so big that even the successful cricketers like Mcgill, Brett Lee, Gillespie, Martyn and Langer were out of public memory now. These guys scored runs at a pace as there is no tomorrow and took wickets in heap as there is no overs left. With the retirement of these great and good cricketers the aura of invincibility slowly lifted from the Australian team and the other teams believed that they can win if they play well.

The fighting spirit of Australians is still intact. But that is not good enough to win every match as they have done earlier.

Ponting was only one left out of the golden generation that ruled the game. This is an unfamiliar territory for him. Starting a series not as favorites and ending up losing every possible match played. Now I see him as the Sachin of ’99 tour. Like Sachin, he fought a lone battle only for the lost cause. He silenced his critics who said that he is good enough to handle turning deliveries in Indian conditions he played a gem of an innings in the second test. But the gems are remembered only in winning cause.

With the loss of invincibility, Australians lost that mental edge over their opponents. Nobody can imagine somebody who debuts or just a few tests playing a defining innings in a test match against Australia. Even before a batsmen comes to the crease message from Australians will be loud and clear that its hell out here in field. But the relatively newcomers M Vijay and Pujara backed themselves to play confidently on a 5th day pitch. Surely that is the last nail hit on the Australia’s greatness coffin.

Indians were never been aggressive enough to win a test series with a whitewash. If they think that a test series is secure they tend to play for a draw. But now the dynamics of this team is changed and they are trying to win every possible match they can. A true Australian spirit. Now Indians have given Australians the taste of their own medicine and only Ponting will know how bitter it is.

PS: I was quite emotional on the day India won the second test as I never thought India will dominate the world cricket as they do now and finish off their opponents in a clinical fashion in my lifetime. Wishing their journey to continue and hoping they will conquer the South Africans at their home.

Images: Cricinfo.com, Cricbuzz.com, Sulekha.com.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2010 10:14 am

    Kadavale!!! Why do you scare me with the pics of these cricket monsters whenever I come to visit ya? 😥 Whatever happened to all your sane movie review and such posts? 😡

    kanagu: I am writing about cricket after a long time and of all the time you chose to come now.. 😉

    Ps: Is this the after effect of taking guidance from that Brainless Brat?? 😯

    kanagu: No.. not him.. 😀 😀 Naane yosichen 😀

    PPS: Yup I didn’t read the post after seeing the repulsive pics 👿

    kanagu: hmmm.. 😦 😦

  2. October 17, 2010 5:10 pm

    All I can say is that I am proud to be an Indian 🙂

    Btw, hope you like reading this – When love calls

  3. October 17, 2010 11:27 pm

    Kanagu, Why cricket? You too? Dhiren takes pleasure in torturing us 😦 and now you too 😦

    Any way, all I can say is ‘Present Sir’ 😉

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂 Just felt like writing Smitha.. Its something special 🙂

    • October 18, 2010 12:30 am

      Ditto!!

      kanagu: 🙂 🙂

    • October 18, 2010 12:37 pm

      I came here to say the same thing, Smits!! Hitchy and Kanagu are in competition with each other..to find out who can torture us worse with their cricket-upates 😦

      kanagu: 😦 😦 Cricket fans can’t enjoy the victory… boo hoo..

  4. October 18, 2010 12:59 pm

    Three Cheers for India and “Sir” Sachin Tendulkar … \m/ \m/

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

  5. October 18, 2010 1:08 pm

    Another cricket post? Okies, ‘present saar’ 🙂

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

  6. October 18, 2010 1:45 pm

    ah! what a moment!! you know, i would have been fine with a 1-0 win too, after looking at second test scores..but when we won the second test too, it was mind blowing!!

    kanagu: Yeah me too.. I am loving to see our Indian team doing this 🙂 truly phenomenal 🙂

    I remember the test series you are talking about..one of the sadest moments for our Indian cricket team, but we have emerged as winners and fighters now 🙂 let’s win the WC this time, what say? 🙂

    kanagu: Yeah.. we are down and out.. 😦 but we came back strongly now 🙂 🙂

  7. October 18, 2010 2:39 pm

    nice write up on the test series kanagu.. Really a series to remember.. Hope india will continue their good form in ODIs too.. the world cup is nearing..

    – Anbu

    kanagu: Thanks anbu 🙂 🙂 more than ODI series I am expecting the South Africa series 🙂 Its going to be a cracker of a contest 🙂

  8. October 18, 2010 2:42 pm

    Forgot to mention.. Girls dont know the amount of joy the win over australia gives us.. 🙂
    Keep writing more posts..

    kanagu: Yes.. many won’t know.. but few are as knowledgeable or more knowledgeable than us 🙂

  9. October 18, 2010 3:52 pm

    I can understand Kanagu…after seeing my husband going ga-ga abt this win and how the Australian team deserve this and all….you guys are all the same. 😉

    kanagu: why shouldn’t we?? 😀 😀

    And all we girls are the same…LOL, look at all the comments above. 😉

    kanagu: 🙂 🙂

    • October 18, 2010 7:36 pm

      With exception of me I think :P.

      • October 20, 2010 10:24 am

        Now, I know… 🙂 Harini…you a cricket fan, huh ???? 🙂

        • October 20, 2010 6:21 pm

          Fan would be a small word. Something like cricket crazy maniac is better I think :P.

  10. October 18, 2010 7:34 pm

    I was ecstatic when India won and I was wanting more. I wanted a 3rd test match. I wanted to see India can go for 3-0 white wash or if Australia can bounce back. Even though the series was great my concern over the Indian bowling hasnt gone yet. I know we will play well with NZ that is touring us next but what about the South African tour. The pitches in SA are difficult to play on. I m sure our batsmen will do a good job. We have a blend of youth and experience. But its bowling that we lack… we need more good bowlers especially fast. We will face the likes of Dale in SA. I cant wait for SA tour :).

    kanagu: Bowling won’t be a concern in SA pitches.. we have 3 good fast bowlers in Zaheer, Ishant and Sreesanth. Ishant and Sree will be a completely diff. bowlers in SA condition.. so its the batsmen who will decide the fate of the series.. fingers crossed 🙂 🙂

    I would never write Australia down. Yes, the loss of Gilly, Haydo, Glen, Jason, Warne, Langer etc… but they have a great bench strength. The domestic cricket they play will make good players. Their foundation is strong. Yes, there attitude is not once it was but something in me tells me that they arent a team that will sit back. They are gonna strike and soon.

    kanagu: Me never said that they will go down… if the teams take them lightly then its like suicide… they have to be at their best to beat Oz..

    Yes, Indian attitude has changed. That’s what winning and being number 1 does to you. WI had it before OZ and we have it. I hope we win the WC this time and become what OZ and WI were once.

    kanagu: Me too expecting to see that 🙂 🙂

    Good post btw :). My favorite kind :). Write more… :P.

    kanagu: Thanks Harini 🙂 but other girls gonna murder you 😀 😀

    • October 20, 2010 6:33 pm

      I m still not sure about Indian bowling. If we want to win this world we need to have consistent bowlers in our side. We have Zak but we cant depend on him completely. We have the best batting line up at moment if your bowling gets a bit stronger… no one can defeat India for sure :).

  11. October 19, 2010 2:26 pm

    I am soooo happy they won the way they did! More than anything, I love this revenge against this $#%^ Ponting [If not for our men in blue, it is for me atleast ;)]! I just hate hw his head never stays over his shoulders 😛 😛

    kanagu: ha ha ha 🙂 🙂 I am not thinking this as a revenge.. but shifting of powers.. 🙂

    Amen to ur wish Kanagu. I hope they do well against the Proteas 🙂

    kanagu: I think India gonna win the series there this time 🙂 🙂

  12. October 19, 2010 11:02 pm

    Yayyyyy !!! WE won !! we are No. ONE !! 😛
    and dont ever stop posting about cricket buddy… we love anything related to cricket .. . you know i used to post cricket related stuff almost after every series when i used to be regular.. 🙂

    kanagu: I won’t Arvind 🙂 🙂 we are no.1 and we are playing like no.1 🙂 🙂

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