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Aussie wins and Aussie whines….

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India bowled well again, but Aussies bowled better, and Indian batsmen – inspite of the abscence of their tormentor Brett Lee – entered a competition for the best ‘deer caught in headlights’ routine. Quite fittingly, Australia won, even bagging the second bonus point in a row. Well played India, but congrats to the Aussies.

But it is amazing to observe the whining mode in the Australian media.

Here is the screen capture from today’s Sydney Morning Herald cricket page:

“There were further signs that a summer of distraction was taking a toll on Aussie batsmen “

“RICKY PONTING has been worn down by the many controversies of this summer and it is taking a toll on his on-field performance”

All of which begs the questions: why aren’t the Australian bowlers – who IMHO have been brilliant – ‘distracted’ ? Or, why hasn’t Gilchrist or Clarke been affected ? Or, even Brad Hogg ? Doesn’t explain how Indian managed to win at Perth after all the distractions of Sydney.

I guess its tough to admit that your batting line-up sucked on the particular day on a bouncy pitch or that the young Indian bowlers had the numbers on the Australian batsmen. But why bother when you can conveniently lay the blame on monkey-gate, IPL, Pakistan tour etc.

PS – did I mention the Indian batting sucks ? Its all well and good to save runs on the fields (Indian ground fielding has improved drastically), but to what use if you can’t knock it off ?


Written by BongoP'o'ndit

February 17, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Posted in Australia, Cricket, India, Rants

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  1. Haven’t really been following cricket, but I like your analysis. Makes sense!


    February 17, 2008 at 10:41 pm

  2. @ruhi: not much to follow – ususal story: we win one, and then lose a few till we win one again.


    February 18, 2008 at 12:12 am

  3. I think India’s tail half need to be taught a lesson in patience. If you need to score 50 off 70, who would you try and pull off stunts like going down the wicket to haul one off and get stumped or getting off the wicket and edging it to the keeper?


    February 18, 2008 at 10:21 am

  4. @gawker: no matter how much we bring in young blood, some things dont change. the tail enders propensity to self-destruct when level headedness would serve well has been an age-old problem.
    To be fair, if the actual batsmen play in a stupid fashion, there is little they are accountable for. They did perform well in the specialization.


    February 18, 2008 at 6:47 pm

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