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Irresponsible? Not me

Amit Varma

March 25, 2005

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When Younis Khan reached his century on the first day, he made a defiant gesture towards the pavilion, which was apparently meant for Bob Woolmer, who had berated him for his first-ball dismissal on the fifth morning of the Kolkata Test. So here he headed for his double-century, as Anil Kumble bowled to him from round the wicket, with two slips, cover, mid-off, mid-on, midwicket, square leg, short fine leg and a man a bit wide of the long-leg boundary. "Drive me through the spaces on the off side," Kumble seemed to be saying, but Younis wasn't tempted.

Kumble, when he had bowled from over the wicket, had drifted down leg often, and he did so here again. Younis tickled it past the man at short fine leg, and the ball rolled to the advertising hoardings. Younis pumped the air, took off his helmet, raised his arms. There were no gestures of defiance this time; just happiness at a job well done.

Amit Varma is contributing editor of Cricinfo. He writes the independent blogs, India Uncut and The Middle Stage.

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