Saturday, October 18, 2008

What in the World?

Saurav Ganguly, who is pushed into retirement, who has a miserable record against the Aussies, who was Brad Hogg's bunny in the series prior to this one, who till yesterday had 1 century in 20 odd tests against Australia, top scores with 102 to guide India to a significant total.

And you still want him retired?

Shakib-Ul-Hasan, a 21 year old left arm spinner, who declined an ICL offer, who till yesterday had a mere 3 wickets in 6 tests with a best of 2/44, demolishes the New Zealand batting line up with 6-31!

And you still think Bangladesh are minnows?

Just when one thought that leg spin was a dieing art form after Shane Warne, we first saw Cameron White make an impressive debut against India, then we saw the same White triple his wicket tally by getting India's top 2 scorers out today, and then we saw Amit Mishra bowl his 1st delivery in test cricket, pick a wicket up with his 18th, and another with his 53rd!

And you thought you would never see a leg spinner who gives it a rip?

All this in one day and you thought test cricket was boring?

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  1. Anonymous said...

    Well another way of looking at it is Bangladesh are minnows but so are NewZealand.

  2. Srini said...

    New Zealand is still struggling to make it big in test cricket...

  3. Anonymous said...

    Cricket never ceases to amaze, Test match stuff especially so!!

  4. Soulberry said...

    Stanford said it, not me or you!

    Test cricket is the jaan of the overs are the clothes. In economics, it is said, when fiscals are great the skirts become shorter...ditto in limited overs...great money, shorter the version...but they are merely clothes nevertheless. The jaan is test cricket.

    The Bangla Boys now need to sustain this over the next two innings they play in test cricket to take a small step into history and a giant leap for progress of their cricket.

  5. Q said...

    Well said SB! And I agree.. nothing like test cricket.

    Your right Nesta, it never ceases to amaze me either!

  6. Ankit Poddar said...

    test cricket is amazing, and bangladesh amusing... no wonder!!

  7. Gaurav Sethi said...

    Wasim, sri, sb, nesta, q, ankit - Touché

    btw bangla has busied themselves, yet again, with deconstruction.
    How i wish they set a target of 200+. then we can have yet another crazy chase, where oram will have to impersonate inzi.

    and bangla crick 'ill say, "i wanna go to rehab"

  8. Som said...

    I think the fact that we vouch for Test cricket's primacy conts for little. What is more important is what the majority thinks. And as I watch the India-Australia 2nd Test in Mohali, where rows after rows of empty galleries greet the players, I believe we are the clear minority.

  9. Anonymous said...

    Som! how come we are minority? we are also watching the match on TV like the majority:)

  10. Anonymous said...


    Most of the world's greatest philosophers disagree with you. Of course they were in the minority too!

    Mahatma Ghandi said,"Even if you are minority of one, the truth is the truth!"

    Goethe wrote,"Everything great and intelligent is in the minority".

    My favourite is, "Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political, and economic liberty, emanates from the minority, and not from the mass”

    And finally Yorkeshire's finest Geoffrey Boycott," Test cricket is for men and that white ball stuff is for fookin pansies!"

  11. Q said...

    Well said Nesta!

    But I also agree with Wasim, that us TV viewers are definitely the majority when it comes to test cricket.

    Its difficult to create the same atmosphere in a ground as it is during an ODI or a 20-20 but I beleive test cricket will always have a market in homes..

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