Sunday, February 18, 2007

Something very nice has happened at Auckland, NZ

From cricinfo:

What an amazing win for the home side and with that have taken the series 2-0 and have also managed to topple Australia from their No.1 spot in the ICC rankings.

Aha! Isn’t that neat?! Two effortless and consecutive victories for New Zealand over the favourites and hitherto unchallenged world cricket dominators: Australia. The first match was won by 10 wickets and the second by 5 wickets and an over to spare while chasing a score of 337 for victory. This means the Kiwis have won the 3 match series as well.

What does this victory mean? For one thing, as the little excerpt says, Australia have at last lost their No.1 spot in the ICC ODI cricket rankings. The other thing is that it really shows the famed Australian ‘bench strength’ in real poor light.

With Shane Warne gone, the spinners’ department is by and large empty. And with McGrath all set to retire after the World Cup and Gilchrist and Hayden not getting any younger, the era of Australian domination looks all set to be coming to an end. Of course, there still are some world class players in Hussey, Symonds, M Clarke, S Clarke and the pacy Brett Lee but maybe not enough to be world beaters.

I may be talking too early but I hope I am not as it would only augur well for the sport for some some serious competition to kick in to be the next team of unbeatables!


Many thanks to Vaas and Muralitharan!

Sehwag, Yuvraj & Uthappa have come out blazing with some very entertaining knocks in the last cricket ODI of the 4 match series between India and Sri Lanka. And all thanks to Mr.Chaminda Vaas and Mr.Muttaiah Muralitharan for having gotten injured!

Sehwag who, coming into this match, looked shorn of even a shred of self-belief will take a lot of heart from this match. Yuvraj and Uthappa, though already part of the World Cup squad, still had things to prove to themselves. And proof is what they got. Again both of these effortless strokemakers, and the team, gained a lot!

Now, tell me, would all of this have been possible with a nagging Vaas and a wily Murali sharing 20 overs between them? Of course not. And that is why we need to thank the duo for the service they have rendered!