Day-3,India Vs England , 1st Test,Lord’s
India’s First innings is over and for sure did not impress anybody much with their batting prowess especially with that much amount of batting strength with them. Yes, one has to accept that it is isn’t the perfect batting track to score or lead a total of about 400 or more but with the amount of talent ,experience and expectation the Indian’s should have atleast crossed 300 without much fuss.Whatever may be said of the Indian performance one cannot take or rob away the credit that Dravid Deserves .
Dravid is one such cricketer that everybody wants to right off and does not want to credit or not too much liked but he stands up every time India needs him that too at the most important of times like the one we had in this match. That innings of Dravid if somebody has missed they have missed a real centurion inning’s i am in path of losing word’s or define it or explain the innings dravid has played. It was classy, old-school, dominating,perseverance,concentration,match-saving(at-least innings saving),glorious,elegant,amazing,etc..,..(i feel like a reality show judge). When i saw that innings of his it gave me the feeling of how a soldier should exercise his responsibilities . His age was not a criteria for describing such a inning’s. The ball’s moving in both the directions and he also was facing some grueling tests in the middle and some bit of luck too thanks to some poor slip(ing) catching but he never showed that he is out of control . It was like seeing the other batsmen in the other end playing a completely different match. He is a Pure genius who always gets slipped under the hoods for recognition for no reason ,like a unsung hero(Bangalorian’s fate! i think so, remember our Kumble).
OK! getting back to the Indian Innings, very simple . Mukund missed the much deserved Half-century , gambhir goes to a beauty,Sachin promised initially and well on course for his much anticipated 100 but abruptly stopped by broad,VVS came and went back, Raina, bhajji, zaheer and Ishant had something in common which is nothing. Dhoni showed some perseverance before the new ball did the trick and that’s It ! India bundled out for 286 with Dravid still standing tall. As i finish this Post England are batting again thanks to Dravid once again.Not to forget, Stuart Broad the tall,skinny,blonde haired,T20 captain and out of Form bowler is no more out of form he almost ripped through the top order if not for swanns dropped catch of Dravid . He is in omnius form using his height and depth of the crease and used the Lord’s slope to his mighty advantage.
It is said that Zaheer won’t bowl this innings too….. Ok, MSD give that bowling of yours an another try.
Indians are not hoping for result in this match . Trust me!