Monday, January 21, 2008

Australia vs India 3rd test

Just would like to congratulate India for beating the Australian test team(by 73 runs)! Beating the worlds best cricketing nation on their home soil is a huge ask but somehow India managed to overcome the odds to take a precious win which will sure to be a huge confidence boost for the whole team in general. Despite some excellent tail wagging by the Australian lower order (Mitchell Johnson got his maiden test 50 in very quick time, and Stuart Clark, in particular) India prevailed. It was very exiting to watch and I was literally on the edge of the seat watching both teams fight back at each other to claim superiority in the match. The win enabled India to end Australia's Test winning streak on 16, which is an excellent feat in itself, both in achieving the milestone and by India putting a halt to Australias juggernaut like ride. I thought Irthan Pathan and R.P Singh bowled very well for India, the swing they were able to get was very well controlled, which would be ideal for any young cricketer to practise their swing bowling on. It took me back to the days of perhaps the best opening bowling partnership in world cricket ever (and my personal favourite) of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, they controlled their line, length, flight, swing and seam with such well guided precision that many teams crumbled under them and few were able to conquer them. R.P Singh and Irthan Pathan have the ability to be as great as them, well in general any cricketer in the world does, its how they apply themselves, and how passionate and enthusiastic they are about the game which will drive them to legendary success.

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