A cracker of a test……
….but unfortunately marred by too much bad umpiring, hypocrisy on the part of the Australians and such-like. Will post my thoughts in details later, but for now, this Prem Panicker (a reporter whom I dont usually agree with) post is spot on:
Comments on the officiating, at a time when the odds are in favor of India losing, could seem—or at least, be interpreted—as whingeing. So be it—sometimes, points are worth making, with all force possible.
The officiating in this game has been among the more atrocious in living memory. The Rahul Dravid caught behind was just one more visible example of an umpire—Bucknor, to no one’s surprise—getting it horribly wrong. But there are other decisions that have gone unnoticed, that deserve to be pointed out in any review of the performance of the officials. The first relates to the catch Symonds took off Dravid at first slip—off what was clearly a no ball, with the foot a good inch over the line. Mark Benson didn’t spot that; had the catch been taken clean, that would have been another instance of commentators and such getting grist for their indignant mill, while out on the field, umpires yet again took a direct hand in the run of play.
I dont mind India losing to a team as good as the Aussies fair and square – like they did in the MCG test. Indians were abysmal in that one. But here in Sydney, they played with heart and fought tooth and nail against the best team in the world. And they deserved better.