India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 2nd day November 15, 2011

Redemption after two expensive no-balls

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The product placement
With a small traffic jam for the No. 6 spot in the Test line-up, Yuvraj Singh knows that time isn't on his side. Having failed to make a dent on the scoreboard in Delhi, he arrived at the crease here knowing that a platform was already in place for a huge total. En route to 25, he miscued a pull and got hit. It was the slowest of the West Indies pace trio that dismissed him though, with Darren Sammy getting one through his defences to win a close leg-before shout. Yuvraj's slow walk back included plenty of glances at the giant screen. But instead of a replay, it just kept showing an advertisement.

The delayed redemption
MS Dhoni was on 13 when he threw the kitchen plumbing at a Kemar Roach delivery. Carlton Baugh caught the edge, but the celebrations were cut short by a no-ball call. Dhoni had added just three more to his total when the routine repeated itself, only this time Roach's foot was even further in front of the line. By the time he finally got his man, Dhoni had pummelled the small matter of 144 runs.

The swat
Soon after the two no-ball reprieves, Fidel Edwards decided to test Dhoni with a short ball. The response was smashed straight past him with the velocity of a Roger Federer forehand. It set the tone for a buccaneering innings.

The trademark wristwork
Years from now, when we think of VVS Laxman, we'll think of those clips through midwicket, often picking up the ball from well outside off stump. One such stroke, essayed with typically wondrous timing got him to his fifth century at Eden Gardens.

The payback
It was like watching a replay of countless dismissals from the 1980s and 90s. Only, this time, it was a West Indian at the receiving end. Short of a length at lively pace from Umesh Yadav, a bit of extra bounce and a tentative fend from the batsman that flew off the edge to the slip cordon. Times have changed.

The where is DRS moment
With 432 needed just to stave off the follow-on, what West Indies didn't need was to lose a second wicket before the gloom descended. But R Ashwin was getting appreciable bounce, and most of the close-in fielders went up in appeal as the ball looped up to short leg off Kraigg Brathwaite's forward prod. The umpire's decision didn't take much time, but replays appeared to suggest only pad and no bat. With no Decision Review System in place for this series, Brathwaite could only grimace and walk off.

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  • SRT_GENIUS on November 16, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    @ms_cricketer: Agreed its not a greentop... but there were overcast conditions to be exploited with swing... WI bowlers should've bowled a bit fuller. But its not a totally flat pitch - there is some bounce (and now even turn). In england they prepare greentops to aid their swing bowlers... in India they have flatter wickets to aid their batsmen. In SA/Aus they have bounce to aid their pacemen. As long as there is a result in the end, its not an unsporting wicket. A good team should play on all conditions. If WI says this was a flat wicket probably Indian bowlers knew how to bowl on it, eh ? (I am not claiming that India can play on all surfaces.. but it should expect pitches that suit them at home - like everywhere else).

  • PACERONE on November 16, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    I am tired of hearing about the great Indian players.It was only a few months back that the Indians were playing worse than the young West Indians are playing.The commentators are so one sided.They are always trying to make their players better than they are.Laxman and Dravid seems to be always saving them.The West Indian batsmen gave so many soft dismisals.If West Indies get a good start we will see how good the Indians are.WIBC has proved that teams with good management will play good cricket.No wonder England did so well against India.England also gave WI Gibson.No way to go but down with this management.They will get laughted at by commentators who think thhey know so much about cricket.

  • on November 16, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    All who are commenting on Dhoni's declaration while laxman was on 176 are probably those who were not watching the matches. Light at the time of declaration was too bleak for a new batsman. And the new batsman i.e. R. Ashwin was given lots of short ball by fiedel edwards. So there was every possible chance of game being called due to light factor and more over just a over before Laxman has pulled his back while hitting aboundary. He didn't appeared in field in WI's first innings so he was obviously in pain. And there was no need to increase that pain.

  • ms_cricketer on November 16, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    bro , there would have been no difference if dhoni got out on 13, and braithwaite had been given not out. Technically you'd still assume India would make around 450, and west windies would have lost two or maybe even three wickets for 100 runs, because of their problem with spin. The only problem I have with these type of games, is with the pitches. Its like playing on a cement road, where bowlers have no motivation whatsoever. BCCI needs to put effort in creating more lively pitches. Its better overseas practice, the batsmen will become better and technical, and india may actually find some decent motivated pacers.

  • on November 16, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @Allahbakesh and i remember the big fuss made back then... But no talk about Laxman missing 200 this time around..

  • on November 16, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    Looks like Yuvraj would struggle in fast pitches. India should try out Mukund & Raina for next test since they were successful in difficult conditions in WI. Also, should try Jadeja as left-arm spinner.

  • on November 16, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    @Oskar..Dravid declared the innings when sachin was on 194 against pakistan..how is that

  • on November 15, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    What really would have happened today in the Media if Dhoni had declared and Sachin was in 176* instead of VVS ?... hmmmm, oh well. Luck favours Dhoni hence Laxman..

  • on November 15, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    What really would have happened today in the Media if Dhoni had declared today and Sachin was in 176* instead of Sachin ?... hmmmm, oh well. Luck favours Dhoni hence Laxman..

  • montys_muse on November 15, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Its strange that none of the other teams that are currently using the DRS arent complaining.

  • SRT_GENIUS on November 16, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    @ms_cricketer: Agreed its not a greentop... but there were overcast conditions to be exploited with swing... WI bowlers should've bowled a bit fuller. But its not a totally flat pitch - there is some bounce (and now even turn). In england they prepare greentops to aid their swing bowlers... in India they have flatter wickets to aid their batsmen. In SA/Aus they have bounce to aid their pacemen. As long as there is a result in the end, its not an unsporting wicket. A good team should play on all conditions. If WI says this was a flat wicket probably Indian bowlers knew how to bowl on it, eh ? (I am not claiming that India can play on all surfaces.. but it should expect pitches that suit them at home - like everywhere else).

  • PACERONE on November 16, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    I am tired of hearing about the great Indian players.It was only a few months back that the Indians were playing worse than the young West Indians are playing.The commentators are so one sided.They are always trying to make their players better than they are.Laxman and Dravid seems to be always saving them.The West Indian batsmen gave so many soft dismisals.If West Indies get a good start we will see how good the Indians are.WIBC has proved that teams with good management will play good cricket.No wonder England did so well against India.England also gave WI Gibson.No way to go but down with this management.They will get laughted at by commentators who think thhey know so much about cricket.

  • on November 16, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    All who are commenting on Dhoni's declaration while laxman was on 176 are probably those who were not watching the matches. Light at the time of declaration was too bleak for a new batsman. And the new batsman i.e. R. Ashwin was given lots of short ball by fiedel edwards. So there was every possible chance of game being called due to light factor and more over just a over before Laxman has pulled his back while hitting aboundary. He didn't appeared in field in WI's first innings so he was obviously in pain. And there was no need to increase that pain.

  • ms_cricketer on November 16, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    bro , there would have been no difference if dhoni got out on 13, and braithwaite had been given not out. Technically you'd still assume India would make around 450, and west windies would have lost two or maybe even three wickets for 100 runs, because of their problem with spin. The only problem I have with these type of games, is with the pitches. Its like playing on a cement road, where bowlers have no motivation whatsoever. BCCI needs to put effort in creating more lively pitches. Its better overseas practice, the batsmen will become better and technical, and india may actually find some decent motivated pacers.

  • on November 16, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @Allahbakesh and i remember the big fuss made back then... But no talk about Laxman missing 200 this time around..

  • on November 16, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    Looks like Yuvraj would struggle in fast pitches. India should try out Mukund & Raina for next test since they were successful in difficult conditions in WI. Also, should try Jadeja as left-arm spinner.

  • on November 16, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    @Oskar..Dravid declared the innings when sachin was on 194 against pakistan..how is that

  • on November 15, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    What really would have happened today in the Media if Dhoni had declared and Sachin was in 176* instead of VVS ?... hmmmm, oh well. Luck favours Dhoni hence Laxman..

  • on November 15, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    What really would have happened today in the Media if Dhoni had declared today and Sachin was in 176* instead of Sachin ?... hmmmm, oh well. Luck favours Dhoni hence Laxman..

  • montys_muse on November 15, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Its strange that none of the other teams that are currently using the DRS arent complaining.

  • FrankMeister on November 15, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    To all those on Sachin's 100th Hundred - my view is this. All this time long he has been waiting to come onto his home turf. Pity for him he was injured for the England in India series, but in the Mumbai Test, I guarantee you he will achieve this feat. He simply wants to give something back to his home crowd... this explains his rash batting in the first 3 innings of this series and possibly some parts in the England tour.

  • on November 15, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    what the hack. If sachin wants to play for a ton it would be better for a team he will be more motivated. Go on Sachin..

  • mrmonty on November 15, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    However this game turns out, Yuvraj has to go. Else, India has already lost the Aus series.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on November 15, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    @Samarth Jain, good one.

    It is always easy to comment from other side of TV. I am not fan of Sachin but if anyone has any pressure at their profession then it would be probably 10% of what Sachin is having now. Fortunately or unfortunately RD and VVS don't have such pressure or mania in media or fans.

  • on November 15, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    @montys_muse Yes almost all of India, except for 9 out 10 Indians doesn't really care if he scores even 200 centurion. The Indian Media is doing a good job raking in hits and ratings by talking about or praising Sachin more than he deserves... They gave him the name God of cricket .. and the sheep herd follows.

  • on November 15, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    The only problem with DRS is the part that predicts where the ball WILL go after impact with the pads. Just don't use that part, not the whole thing. You should have replays to show if the ball did pitch inline and hit inline. Better decisions can be made in slow motion than can be made on the field at full speed. Hot spot should be in as well. If there is a clear spot that's great, if not go with the on-field call. You will get a better game with this than you will without it.

  • montys_muse on November 15, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    i get an impression a lot of the times that sachin plays under pressure from his fans' expectations rather than the situation. almost whole of india wants to see sachin get a hundred.

  • rustyryan on November 15, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    There were lotsa "Why the DRS? " moment in England. DRS is a crap.

  • on November 15, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Wait a sec.... When has Sachin said that he is looking for his 100th ton?? Thats just a media created milestone. C'mon guys.. Leave the cricketing God out of this. Well done VVS, RD and MSD but to say that they play for the team while Sachin plays for himself is really really unfair to the great man.

  • Nampally on November 15, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Yuvraj may have lost his spot for the Aussie tour.I still wonder why Dhoni did not replace Yuvraj with a specialist bowler like Rahul Sharma on spinners wicket? Too much was made of Dhoni being out twice on No balls from Roach. Dhoni took a swipe because it was a No ball. Dhoni was outstanding with his magnificient 144 with 5 sixers. Eden gardens is Laxman's ground. His average is over 100 in the test matches he played here with the 281 against Australia his highest. Today he boosted that average further. India is getting their batting confidence back with this mamoth total- after failing to get a total of >300 in last 6 tests. This time they did it with vengeance to beat the monkey off their backs. Can Ojha & Ashwin carry their magic from the Kotla to Eden remains to be seen. Yadav did well to capture a wicket in his very first over.It was a bit surprising that Ishant was not used to bowl the new ball & spinners used it.Will India use spinners to bowl with new ball in Australia too?

  • on November 15, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    He is not playing for his 100 TON,playing for INDIAN team only.The pressure made from our side and around him.Still he is not comment about his past and future achievement.So don't make any pressure, let he play in his way to achieve more milestone*****

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    If Roach delivery was legal on Dhoni on 13, this game would have have a very different complexion...plus Braithwaite unfortunate dismissal, ball hitting pad and not bat...but we have to wait and see...

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    For God's sake throw Yuvi out of the test team. He's a legend in shorter formats, and Raina is pretty much following his footsteps, but he's not a test prospect. Seeing his performance this morning against WI quicks on as dead a track as Eden Gardens', i shudder to simply imagine him against Harris, Johnson, etc. on a bouncy Perth pitch. His woes in the last tour of Australia are still fresh in my memory. If they still go ahead and play him, India will already be a batsman short. Kohli must come in at Mumbai. T20 and ODI performances should stop being the criteria for test selections.

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    The human element in decision making should be gotten rid off..period, as if we didnt have enough to face in making those runs now you giving away our wickets like some kinda raffle, just hit the pad and lok serious and we give you out. When west indies appeal with belief they give us so much stress to go with us but any team who plays against us and hits our pad immediately we gone...where is the fairness here, how can we move forward as a forward thinking team when umpires make backward pushing decisions against us...however WI till i die

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    @ sukumar. I likke ur comment. u r true indian,

    i definetly think so,

    Have u got enough recoginition. Ok. Now give a good feedback HA HA HA

  • kriskingle on November 15, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    @Pradeep_sc: Because, for one, there is a small sense of personal satisfaction in scoring a century, and two, critics will always point to VVS' lack of centuries when there is even a minor slump in form, with age not being on his side, which is something nobody would dare to do to SRT. To be sure, it is not SRT himself who is saying that he wants a ton;if you ask him, he would say that the team winning the match and the series is more important to him. But he knows he wants it, the press knows h wants it, and his media team lets everyone know he wants it, or at least does not deny it when the media says he wants it. SRT is the only person in the public eye who has successfully manipulated the media into following his diktats.

  • ramps_wi on November 15, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Sammy said he was happy with the first defeat. I hope he will be just as happy with the second. Best of luck to WI in thre rest of the game. Sachin will have to wait until Austrailia to try and score that elusive ton cause Bishoo has his number

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    @Sukumar and Pradeep.. I think media plays a really big role in portraying Sachin as a villian looking for personal landmarks. The guy has never said once that he wants to score 100th century asap. It is all media's cry. Do you guys really think that Sachin started playing cricket to achieve milestones? They came along his way because of his consistency, as simple as that. @Sukumar.. if you can't handle someone getting so much popularity and adulation, then you don't have to read any news related to him. @Pradeep, if you are a true fan of Sachin, you need to stop defending him against zealots like Sukumar. Just enjoy his game, and enjoy India's victories.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on November 15, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @Sukumar: "If you play for the team, contribution comes its way, but if you start playing for personal achievements ahead of team's contribution, you fail in both". Do you mean sachin failed after scoring 99 hundreds. These runs also added to the team india's score. Time to grow up and enjoy the batting\bowling of these greats. It is not very often you get such talented players in one team!!

  • Pradeep_sc on November 15, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    And VVS has said that it was a big relief to get this ton. Isnt that what you claim to be playing for personal records? Why did laxman wanted to score a ton and why shouldnt sachin want to score a ton.

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    YES QUITE AGREE WITH SUKUMAR RADRAPU

  • Pradeep_sc on November 15, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    @Sukumar- So you agree that he had played for the team all those other 99 times. Otherwise as per your logic and infinite cricketing wisdom he should have failed, if he had played for personal milestones. And are you saying that RD, VVS and MS does not have personal milestones? Even if you dont agree to the above i guess the day he scores his 10oth, i am sure you will have to agree that he played for the team. And you, with the knowledge you seem to possess, do agree that he will.. dont you?

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    vvs luxman the best middle order batsman india ever had.

  • on November 15, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    I still do not understand people who claim that sachins personal achievement comes in front of teams contribution. If he scores a hundred, it is added to the team score. Does sachin have his own personal account, where his runs are not shared with the indian team?

  • gitapat on November 15, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    I hope the selectors now at least realize the folly of prolonging the Test careers of Harbhajan and Yuvraj.Hopefully they will not be recalled for the Australian tour. Yuvraj is still good for 50-over ODI and Twenty 20.And Harbhajan is still good enough for IPL.

  • on November 15, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    RD,VVS & MSD got tons in this match. Brilliant performance by them. But the wait continues for the "Man of Personal Landmarks".... If you play for the team, contribution comes its way, but if you start playing for personal achievements ahead of team's contribution, you fail in both. Those who are crying for 100th ton, just stop it and try to support Indian win rather than the personal milestone of an " Induvidual Indian Player"

  • satish619chandar on November 15, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    We do need a DRS but not with Hawkeye or Hotspot.. Keep it simple and give the umpire the replays and slowmotions along with pitch map.. If there is no concrete evidence to overturn the original decision, leave it as it is.. Don't leave anything to the prediction of unpredictable and unreliable technology..

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  • satish619chandar on November 15, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    We do need a DRS but not with Hawkeye or Hotspot.. Keep it simple and give the umpire the replays and slowmotions along with pitch map.. If there is no concrete evidence to overturn the original decision, leave it as it is.. Don't leave anything to the prediction of unpredictable and unreliable technology..

  • on November 15, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    RD,VVS & MSD got tons in this match. Brilliant performance by them. But the wait continues for the "Man of Personal Landmarks".... If you play for the team, contribution comes its way, but if you start playing for personal achievements ahead of team's contribution, you fail in both. Those who are crying for 100th ton, just stop it and try to support Indian win rather than the personal milestone of an " Induvidual Indian Player"

  • gitapat on November 15, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    I hope the selectors now at least realize the folly of prolonging the Test careers of Harbhajan and Yuvraj.Hopefully they will not be recalled for the Australian tour. Yuvraj is still good for 50-over ODI and Twenty 20.And Harbhajan is still good enough for IPL.

  • on November 15, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    I still do not understand people who claim that sachins personal achievement comes in front of teams contribution. If he scores a hundred, it is added to the team score. Does sachin have his own personal account, where his runs are not shared with the indian team?

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    vvs luxman the best middle order batsman india ever had.

  • Pradeep_sc on November 15, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    @Sukumar- So you agree that he had played for the team all those other 99 times. Otherwise as per your logic and infinite cricketing wisdom he should have failed, if he had played for personal milestones. And are you saying that RD, VVS and MS does not have personal milestones? Even if you dont agree to the above i guess the day he scores his 10oth, i am sure you will have to agree that he played for the team. And you, with the knowledge you seem to possess, do agree that he will.. dont you?

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    YES QUITE AGREE WITH SUKUMAR RADRAPU

  • Pradeep_sc on November 15, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    And VVS has said that it was a big relief to get this ton. Isnt that what you claim to be playing for personal records? Why did laxman wanted to score a ton and why shouldnt sachin want to score a ton.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on November 15, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @Sukumar: "If you play for the team, contribution comes its way, but if you start playing for personal achievements ahead of team's contribution, you fail in both". Do you mean sachin failed after scoring 99 hundreds. These runs also added to the team india's score. Time to grow up and enjoy the batting\bowling of these greats. It is not very often you get such talented players in one team!!

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    @Sukumar and Pradeep.. I think media plays a really big role in portraying Sachin as a villian looking for personal landmarks. The guy has never said once that he wants to score 100th century asap. It is all media's cry. Do you guys really think that Sachin started playing cricket to achieve milestones? They came along his way because of his consistency, as simple as that. @Sukumar.. if you can't handle someone getting so much popularity and adulation, then you don't have to read any news related to him. @Pradeep, if you are a true fan of Sachin, you need to stop defending him against zealots like Sukumar. Just enjoy his game, and enjoy India's victories.