In the Second Test at Trent Bridge India gets smothered tight and right.
I am of the opinion that it was not that the “tiredness” of our cricketers which did them in, but their lack of practice in hard bouncy swinging pitches. We prepare pitches to suit our staid batsmen. The COPY BOOK did not descend from above that the ball should take the expected course of Indian batsmen, newer methods and strategies are going to be invented from time to time both by our opponent bowlers as well as host nations and we Indians should develop the adaptability to rise to ANY OCCASION and if not win, at least have the skills to SAVE a test match.
Alas! we have bred them with nice pitches to keep us entertained for long. It is time we shed all these puerile “manipulative strategies” and make half of the pitches in India hard, bouncy and swingy. Else, our cricketers would end up as BACKYARD CRICKETERS in the world stage, performing well at home and whenever we go abroad, tag the Laxmans along to save our day.
The most DISGUSTING part of the Trent Bridge test was not the Indian loss or the way and margin of the loss, but the way an APPEAL was made when Ian Bell sauntered to the other end of the wicket believing that that was the last ball before tea break. All this talk of “GENTLEMANLY” game of cricket is a load of BULL S**T!
I distinctly remember that Bob Taylor was given out for a ball which was not snicked by him. G R Vishwanath recalled him IMMEDIATELY, as he was in the slips and did know for a fact that Bob Taylor was given out as a MISTAKE OF FACT by the UMPIRE. Bob Taylor did not contribute to him being given out. But in the instant case, IAN BELL even without ascertaining from the umpire, saunters down the pitch, as if the RULE BOOKS did not exist in Cricket.
The worst part is that there can be no comparison between Vishwanath and Dhoni. Vishwanath did not get to the dressing room to receive calls from his sponsors and other media managers advising Vishwanath stating that, RECALLING BOB TAYLOR WOULD ENHANCE HIS IMAGE AND GET HIM HUGER ADVERTISING REVENUES or THAT A RECALL WOULD GO WELL WITH THE CROWD!
G R Vishwanath’s response was SPONTANEOUS. That is GENTLEMANLY behaviour. Not after one gets to the dressing room and hear about the CROWD RESENTMANT etc. etc. and get back and recall to please an OPINION of some people, which could also bring pecuniary gains through GOODWILL in England.
I am sorry Dhoni, you may be the captain of Chennai Super Kings and the Captain of My Country, but your delayed response to an unhelpable decision of the THIRD UMPIRE, takes away all the Goodness of the deed. In any case you have shown that you are a COMMERCIAL POLITICIAN.
Good luck to you for the rest of your stay in England. Please work further on your popularity in England too!