October 6, 2007

Indian cricket

Stirring a sleeping kangaroo

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
Umpire Steve Bucknor intervenes during an incident after Harbhajan Singh's dismissal, India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Kochi, October 2, 2007
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Australia will not be subdued by sound or fury, writes Peter Roebuck in the Hindu:

Sreesanth and Harbhajan need to think again about how to handle success and how to play against the Australians, and could start by observing the widespread affection shown down under towards proven champions like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble. Has any of them ever displayed anything except unshakeable resolve?

Meanwhile Rohit Brijnath writes in BBC Sport on the perils of aggression:

India are not going to beat, or impress, or scare Australia by behaving in an aggressive manner but by playing in an aggressive manner. Not by tough talk, but by putting six balls in the right place; not taking a step towards the opposition, but by taking singles constantly; not by a shoulder bump, but by fielding sharply.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is a former assistant editor at Cricinfo

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