Tuesday, April 7, 2009

India vs NZ- 3rd Test

After 41 years Team India, led by Dhoni, has managed to win a series in New Zealand. How a tiny nation of 4 million people managed to maintain a record like that against a nation of 1 billion people will remain a mystery for long. But finally the "men in blue" have set right the record books.
The rain didn't go away, even though Dhoni and his boys wanted to play, and India was denied a well deserved victory. Only two wickets needed to be claimed to take the series 2-0.
Zaheer's phenomenal spell of bowling in the first innings and man of the match-Gambhir's century set up the game very well for India. One must also mention Harbhajan 'Bhajji' Singh. His performance with both bat and ball were fantastic.
Gambhir's performances over the past year and a half have been just awesome. He's scored runs all over and against all types of opposition. One reason for India's dominance over the past year and a half has been that we have had good starts thanks to our openers. Our bowling looks real good too. Though Ishant Sharma didn't perform as well as we would have liked him to, there's no denying that he's a "lambhi race ka ghoda".
Over all the series was a great success for the Indian team. We have so far managed to beat WI, Zimbabwe, England, Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand on their home turfs in tests. Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa remain to be conquered.
Next up on the calendar is the IPL. Though my mood has been dampned a bit by the shifting of the tournament to South Africa, I'm still very much looking forward to it. Let's all hope for a tournament that's as fresh and exciting as the last edition.


Unknown said...

well... we should have won the last test man...
Anyways, me too looking forward to the IPL

Ajai said...

he he- u will always remain the insatiable indian cricket fan. ; )