A forgettable match but a very memorable and famous series win ~ Cricket Blog - THE COMMENTARY BOX

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A forgettable match but a very memorable and famous series win

Victory! Sweet Victory! This is medicine for an Indian cricket fan after the totally disastrous and painful campaign at the World Cup(yeah, its difficult to put that out of your mind). The English will be cross that India have fouled their near perfect Test record at home by winning this series 1-0. A record that they have proudly held close to their hearts for a long time has been stealthily snatched away. But surely India deserved the series victory. This is what Rahul Dravid & co. set out to achieve and three cheers to the team for having completed the mission successfully!

Naturally, there will be talk of India having escaped defeat in the first match of the series at Lord's courtesy the rains which helped India procure this series win. And that is why I badly wanted India to win the third match so that the question of such talk could never come up.

But then Pietersen batted beautifully. So did Ian Bell. Infact England were so much better in the second innings that Dravid's decision to give them a target of 500 was almost justified. Some dropped catches helped too.

Still, it is disappointing that India could not secure a victory. I mean, when you have a first innings lead of 320 runs with almost two full days to go in the match anyone would expect victory, follow-on or not, late declaration or not.

The drawn match, however, should not be stopping us Indian fans from celebrating this historic series win. One that will be remembered for a long time and one that will take India that much further towards shedding that rather embarrassing tag of 'poor travellers'.


The Village Cricketer said...

A draw would have been a fairer result. England were robbed in the first test and done by the toss in the next two. Good to see two quite evenly matched sides compete, shame it wasn't a 5-test series.

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