February 20, 2010

Indian cricket

Eden Gardens shows why Tests are the pinnacle


After an nail-biting finish to the Kolkata Test, an editorial in the Hindu says that 'the structure of the five-day game has a built-in resilience that helps it triumph over existential challenges.'

If the home team deserved credit for turning things around brilliantly after a pasting in the first Test at Nagpur, the operatic irresistibility of the Eden Gardens climax proved that Test cricket is in robust good health. Seat-edge endings in the abbreviated forms of the game often appear contrived and formulaic. But a result such as the one that saw India level the series against the Proteas with nine balls left has an authenticity that Test cricket alone can aspire to.


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