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Shaun Pollock: A fair result in the end

For India it was all about survival at Newlands on the final day, but overall it was a moral victory for India in the three-match Test series (00:00)

January 6, 2011

Posted by Trickstar on (January 7, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

If these 2 teams had of played 5 tests you could of separated them, which way I don't know, look at the Ashes if that was 3 tests, it would of finished 1-1 and as well all know that's not a true reflection and over the course of 5 tests one team will get on top. Shame it wasn't longer.

Posted by aby_prasad on (January 7, 2011, 1:26 GMT)

Fair comment indeed! India has got a definite moral victory here ! Ofcourse India is not the dominant no.1 that Australia used to be, BUT they are the no. 1 no doubt! :)

Posted by swarzi on (January 6, 2011, 21:12 GMT)

A fair analysis by Pollock. However, 340 runs on the last day could have been achieved. But to 'WIN', Sehwag had to click. Apart from him there is no other 'test player' in the side with the known confidence and ability to do it (Laxman is match winner but he needs time). This is the situational scenario that best fitted people like Bradman, Viv Richards and Brian Lara - the reason why they are a few classes above the rest. I respect Jacques Kallis, presently the best batsman in the world, also as a match winner, but he too would have needed more time. I think if India gets another player nearly as good as Sehwag in the middle order, who can hold bowlers at the scrap of their necks and destroy them on occasions like these, they are going to be number one for a very long time. No side really holds any fear for India's present middle order - except to say they may take time to get them out. In test cricket, you need batsmen whom bowlers fear to maintain your reputation at the top.

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