Sourav Ganguly
India's most successful captain

Gambhir is India's best batsman

Right from the toss things went right for India in Kanpur, leaving Sri Lanka with plenty of thinking to do, especially on the bowling front

Sourav Ganguly

November 28, 2009

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Gautam Gambhir hits down the ground, India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Kanpur, 1st day, November 24, 2009
Gautam Gambhir is in the form of his life and just doesn't look like getting out © AFP
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India won the second Test convincingly in Kanpur. MS Dhoni and the boys will be surprised with the ease with which they won, specially after the resistance Sri Lanka put up in Ahmedabad. They dominated the Test there but it was an absolute no-show here; it was a soft performance from them and I'm sure Kumar Sangakkara will be disappointed with that.

Winning the toss will always be an advantage in India, and Dhoni has done that job well in the two Test matches. The Indians once again batted brilliantly, which is so important on the first day of a Test as it just sets up the game for the team.

Virender Sehwag must be a satisfied man after the hundred - his last Test century was nearly 15 months ago, which is not something you associate with him in Tests. His success rate is superb and it amazes me why he doesn't replicate it in one-dayers. Every time he bats, he scores at such a pace that it puts the team in a winning position, and it was the reason India got to 400 on day one in Kanpur. He played some breathtaking shots against the spinners and that's where he is so good. He has to learn to do that in one-day cricket as he has not performed to his potential in that format.

Gautam Gambhir once again batted beautifully. He is in the form of his life and just doesn't look like getting out. He said that the reason he is playing well is because he feels secure in the team. This is true, and this should be applied to every player; the captain's faith is very important in a player's career, and Dhoni has given Gambhir that. He just gets better and better every day, and is the best Indian batsman at the moment.

I also admire his mental state. He decided to take the final Test off for his sister's wedding. A lot of people will jump off their seats on hearing that, but I think he has done the right thing. Family is always first and sisters' weddings are special for their brothers.

Sri Lanka will have a lot to worry about before the next Test in Mumbai. They will have to rethink their combination, as playing three spinners is a luxury against India. They must remember that if two can't deliver the third one won't. The extra spinner will always be under-bowled. The best combination for Sri Lanka on Indian soil is two spinners and two fast bowlers.

Sri Lanka need to rethink their fast bowling attack as well. Winning a Test in India with Angelo Mathews taking the new ball is absolutely impossible. Sri Lanka may want to think of Dilhara Fernando in place of Mathews in their side for the third Test. The track at the Cricket Club of India will be helpful for fast bowlers and Dilhara would be the better option with his extra pace and bounce.

I am also eagerly waiting to watch Muttiah Muralitharan at his best in Mumbai, because it is probably his last series in India. That fact should provide some extra motivation for him to mark the Test with an extraordinary performance. To do that he needs proper bowling support from the other end. Here Ajantha Mendis comes into the picture. I strongly believe that Mendis is a class bowler and class is always permanent.

 
 
Sri Lanka need to rethink their fast bowling attack. Winning a Test in India with Angelo Mathews taking the new ball is absolutely impossible
 

I think he lacks confidence, but he can bring out his excellent bouquet of variations any day. The reason for Mendis' success has been his accuracy and of late he has lost that. He needs to spend some time in the nets and it will come back soon. He must also remember that with the start he has had in his career, he will go through a phase like the one at present, and he needs to hold his head high. Players around the world will work him out and he needs to get it right so that he again becomes the threat he used to be. His and Murali's performances will be key in the final Test, on a pitch that will assist them.

As for India, I am very happy with Sreesanth's performances. I have always had huge faith in his talent. He is one of the rare fast bowlers who can use the seam properly both ways. I hope Sree will not look back from here and will justify his talent properly. He can do everything else for the rest of his life but he cannot get back this golden time of his cricket career. I strongly feel that the Indian fast bowling attack with Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma can do well both home and abroad. Now it's Sree's turn to take this opportunity and become a permanent member of the team.

It will be a good Test in Mumbai as the pitch will provide a fair contest between bat and ball. The Sri Lankans will have to improve their performance or it will be an uphill task for them right till the end of the one-day series.

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Posted by Yorker_ToeCrusher on (December 2, 2009, 12:14 GMT)

One a fine morning in 1996, i wokeup early to watch the Lords test without knowing that I would be doing the same thing manymore times and Dada you really glued me to the TV.Along with sachin you really smashed em with disdain and it was an awesome experience to watch you bat.Another fine morning in banagalore in 2008, I had the previlege to watch you from the Mid on stands, hitting a double . You were amazing and your words carry lots of wait now.. Thanks sreekanth,bangalore

Posted by lynds on (December 2, 2009, 6:43 GMT)

I'm surprised there hasn't been any criticism of Gambhir for choosing his sister's wedding over the 3rd Test, considering the storm of outrage when Dhoni opted out of the Test series in Sri Lanka last year because of exhaustion. India will undoubtedly miss Gambhir; if you compare his record in tests over the last 18 months to all the other Indian batsmen he is inarguably the best performed in the team. Sehwag is more explosive, Dravid and VVS more classical and Sachin in full flight is still the second greatest batsman of all time after Bradman, but I bet currently Gambhir is the one MS Dhoni relies on the most.

Posted by Ankit_Agarwal on (December 1, 2009, 19:31 GMT)

Hi Sourav...dear dada will be more apt...not a bong actually but dada has this warmth.... I don't know the techniques of cricket...am juss an avid fan...like rest of the indians(for the latter part)...100s of opinions... Don't know whether ya gonna read this or not...But dada the way team is playing... it's bcoz of ya...ya taught the team to fight... tht agression... ya took the battle to the enemy's territory...ya stood and faught... tht t-shirt waving in England... it made me feel proud... the way ya used to step out...and hit them for those big sixes over the pointed roof in Sharjah...when ya used to step on the field with Sachin...it made the adernalin flow...That confidence with which ya talked at the presentations... Men rise and fall like winter wheat...but some names will never die... If they ever tell my story... Let them say i lived in the times of Saurav the tamer of bowlers, Sachin...whom the Aussies feared...

Posted by Ankit_Agarwal on (December 1, 2009, 19:31 GMT)

Hi Sourav...dear dada will be more apt...not a bong actually but dada has this warmth.... I don't know the techniques of cricket...am juss an avid fan...like rest of the indians(for the latter part)...100s of opinions... Don't know whether ya gonna read this or not...But dada the way team is playing... it's bcoz of ya...ya taught the team to fight... tht agression... ya took the battle to the enemy's territory...ya stood and faught... tht t-shirt waving in England... it made me feel proud... the way ya used to step out...and hit them for those big sixes over the pointed roof in Sharjah...when ya used to step on the field with Sachin...it made the adernalin flow...That confidence with which ya talked at the presentations... Men rise and fall like winter wheat...but some names will never die... If they ever tell my story... Let them say i lived in the times of Saurav the tamer of bowlers, Sachin...whom the Aussies feared...

Posted by rlefti on (December 1, 2009, 16:33 GMT)

Its not surprising to see so many reactions and comments just for a article after the match when the name is Sourav..he always have been one such person when he was on the field or now off the field evoked strong reactions...The matter of fact is he has been a war time captain took India from the lowest to the highest and transformed youngsters like bhajji,yuvi,sehwag,dhoni,zaheer,nehra, Gautam who also made debut under him and many in to world beaters...every one in India think they analyse cricket as good as anyone else but the fact is only few opinions count and sourav can be the best one along with sunil or ravi...For me the biggest contributor for Indian cricket is sourav for his Odis and captaincy and rahul dravid for all his test innings if you see the era they played together even numbers prove that from jun 1996 to nov 2008...but we in india always look at numbers of all time and say sachin sachin thats the problem....I Hope to see sehwag and gambhir reach rahul and sourav...

Posted by TeamGame on (December 1, 2009, 15:15 GMT)

This is a team effort. We do not need to single out any player for win or lose. We saw lots of matches were also lost even with very great opening partnership.If Ganguly like to comment or do article about the Indian team , he should mention all the players effort without neglecting a single one. It will cause lot of misunderstandings.

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (December 1, 2009, 10:36 GMT)

@vasu16 & most of the people who have asked why Dravid is not mentioned ?. No need to mention as the foundation was laid out by Gambhir & sehwag. Once openers give a start of 200+, it's basically a piece of cake for anyone coming after 200+ start. Not only dravid, everyone scored runs after that including sachin 40, laxman 50+, yuvraj 50+. Please don't go overboard on one player. I don't think Dravid's factor was as important as sehwag-gambhir partnership. Ultimately it's the bowlers win you TEST matches not batsmen & in ODI it's other way around.

Posted by vasu16 on (December 1, 2009, 3:37 GMT)

Very surprising that Rahul Dravid is not even mentioned once in this article as his innings of 144 played an important role in India's win.

Posted by Bobby_Talyarkhan on (November 30, 2009, 22:18 GMT)

Dear SatyajitM notwithstanding your somewhat prudish obsession (perhaps even prurient fascination?) with indecent language, which I am not going to entertain any further, I think you are right to suggest that Ganguly can never hope to attain the luminous summits of cricketing accomplishment that Chapelli has. Nevertheless no man (not even "Mr Snooty") is an island and we all stand on the shoulders of giants (such as Chappelli) in our everyday lives. It is only commodity fetishism and some rather outdated intellectual property laws which inculcate myths of the "self made man" and make us forget the collective interweaving of all our lives. I repeat - Ganguly, the greatest Indian captain and an undoubted divinity of offside play, is an anodyne, tedious, somewhat "buttoned up" commentator on the game. He needs to take a chill pilll, relax, and say what he wants to say without worrying about what other people think - exactly what he used to do, in fact, on the cricket field.

Posted by SatyajitM on (November 30, 2009, 14:17 GMT)

@bis_d, well nobody can say Sourav 'invented' sledging. He probably gave back what he got, but I don't remember an occasion when he actually used abusive words (a la McGrath - Sarwan incident). Lot of people say Chappell did it (he actually doesn't deny, just says it used to be prompt and not premeditated), so I am ok to be one of the majority ignorant people. However, I am really not discussing about merits of sledging here. What I am saying is that Ganguly is an experienced and mature individual and he himself can decide who to follow and who not to. I think Chappell himself has been pretty clear on that in his life. Who am I to tell Ian that he should have followed Don Bradman in cricket and life? (And he would have given a damn if you or I did that!) Similarly suggesting Ganguly has to follow x or y is an insult to his intelligence. Believe me if he has to follow somebody, he will do that without asking you and I.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (November 30, 2009, 13:10 GMT)

Don't forget that Dravid was looking good for a really huge double hundred, until he was unfortunately runout. One thing can be observed, the more cerebral, introspective and unemotional seem to root for Dravid. The rest...well...can have the rest of the team for themselves. As for me, Dravid has always been India's MVP.

Posted by amarbawan on (November 30, 2009, 12:38 GMT)

Dada is absolutely right .if any player feels secure in the team.Then he will definitely perform well . they don't have mental pressure to perform every time . specially for ghabhir he is the key player of india team he always give good start in odi.test or t20 ,and give the base of india team .

Posted by Humas14 on (November 30, 2009, 12:15 GMT)

Good one Dada.I agree with all your points but not with that taking Dilhara Fernando instead of Angelo Mathews.Angelo even provides strength to the batting line up.He is taken as an all rounder and I think Dilhara should be taken in place of Ajanta mendis who is currently out of form, the attack should be eith 2 pacers and 2 spinners.Dilhara Fernando,,Welagedara,Rangana Herath and ofcource Murlitharan.

Posted by TheCee on (November 30, 2009, 11:38 GMT)

I do not understand why people find fault in Sachin. I've seen comments stating that if he had batted in middle order he may not have scored too many runs. For all those great cricket critics pls bear in mind Sachin is the highest run getter in test and have higher numbers in ton. So while passing the comments pls do a proper evaluation. Sachin's concentration is tremendous, just imagine how a person can concentrate in a single job (pls mind his job has not changed for past 20 yrs) for 20 long years and maintains the highest standard. I purely agree with Dhaval, none of the greats hav mentioned about Dravid, The Wall. He in my opinion is the best and is next to Sachin. Selectors should consider him while choosing the ODI team. Going for youth is good but experience always count and youth makes a perfect team. (you have already seen how the great youth have flattered against the young Aussie side ....???)

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (November 30, 2009, 10:21 GMT)

@Alexk400. Get a life dude. Don't make yourself FOOL infront of the whole World. According to Sehwag is biggest match-winner, then why most of his hundered's are resulted in loss or drawn like 300 v/s SA (drawn), 200 v/s pak (lost), 200 v/s pak (drawn). i.e. they say Cricket is TEAM game. unless you have strong bowling attack, you can't Test matches even if you score tons of runs. You said Dravid & sehwag (surprise i don't remember him playing even one responsible knock) plays well under pressure, then why dravid played so poorly for last 3yrs in TEST matches (avg 30). Don't go overboard on any player.

Posted by honeyb on (November 30, 2009, 9:38 GMT)

I'm very impressed that this article is not just about how great india is. Yes they played well enough to win the 2nd test but it was obvious that the toss was a crucial part of the game. What was dissapointing was that the sri lankans just kept ruing their bad luck instead of buckling down to show some fight. But getting back to the article, I agree with Saurav's assesment of what the Sri Lankans need to do to turn this around. playing 3 spinners was a luxury sri lanka couldn't afford. Unfortunately this was done to accomodate Herath who has been SL's best spinner of the past few months. It would have been a brave captain to leave out Murali and he gambled with Mendis who has been struggling the last few months. To compound this headache Hearth went on to take 5 wickets and this'll probably mean Mendis will miss out for the final test.

Posted by Sampdoria on (November 30, 2009, 9:14 GMT)

There are a couple of points which should be noted. Sehwag was dropped while playing his usual reckless self. He made it count later. I think it will be a great exercise to bring in Vijayan who played well against Australia.

I have always liked Sehwag but if his crash/bang style will keep putting India in jeapardy, then its important they try new players.

Posted by Bobby_Talyarkhan on (November 30, 2009, 8:59 GMT)

My dear SatyajitM when it comes to sledging Gangers could sledge it out with the best of them - don't you worry about that. Anyone who thinks Chappell started sledging is laughably ignorant of the game. Chappell played the game hard but fair and was always willing to have a beer in the opposition dressing room at the end of the day's play. That's what I call real sportsmanship.

The point which I made in my initial contribution, which I am now repeating for the third time is - Gangers has been a fine batsman and leader - as a writer and commentator he is proving to be a damp squib, mouthing cliched, bland and demotic inanities. He should take a leaf out of Chappell's book and speak his mind boldly - thus translating his attacking cricketing philosophy to the arena of comment and expert analysis.

Posted by Dasher007 on (November 30, 2009, 8:37 GMT)

@ BapiDas : Sourav ran his team as his fiefdom?! So maybe thats the reason why Sehwag, Bhajji among various others have said he is the best captain. Even in the last article Sourav has given ample praises to Dravid about his contribution. And recently Sourav has stated that, Sachin is THE best batman of his generation. Don't expect him to say what you expect in every article and later start cribbing if you don't find it. And considering Gambhir's performance in ALL forms of the game, he certainly is the best batsman now. Even if it is otherwise, it is Sourav's opinion.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 30, 2009, 7:54 GMT)

I praise only two people. Sehwag and Dravid. These two are the one play well under pressure conditions. I do not want to put pressure on Gambhir too much , i think he has a long way to go. He should not think too much off himself and work for successive centuries. Just fly under the shadow.

Sachin for the past 7 years playing for himself and how many centuries he can make. I do not have good opinion on him. Yuvaraj lacks concentration needed for test. VVS laxman is only good against aussies as aussies never had bowler who can bowl incutter consistently toc lean him up. I still remember clearly how his middle stump went for a walk against muhammed asif.

Sehwag advice gambhir for centuries but he forget himself. We want sehwag to score 400+. Also century in one session , Also 200 in ODI. So he needs to set 3 records. Ofcourse if he set any one of these record india eventually will win the game because of his strike rate. All are possible.

Sehwag constantly need new challenges.

Posted by dhaval_1010 on (November 30, 2009, 6:48 GMT)

R.Akki.S : Sir, Lets be clear that I have no problem whatsoever with Dada writing about the other team. Last article was about the first test in which Dravid scored 177 after India were 32/4. Sri Lanka managed 760 in their first innings so I believe it is pretty valid to assume that Dravid saved a certain defeat in the first test. Dada gave him the credit he deserved. Second article was about the second test and Dravid wasn't even mentioned in it even after scoring 144. SiddharthPandith : Sir, are you really trying to apply 'Freedom of Speech' argument here ? If so, whatever happened to my 'Freedom of Speech' ? If Dada gets to write whatever he so wishes, so do I. I wasn't trying to attack anyone, specially not to Dada supporters. I didn't criticize Dada the batsman or Dada the captain. I was only mentioning the fact that Dravid failed to get his name printed in media even after scoring 144. Nothing new there but a bit surprising to me when the writer was a certain Sourav Ganguly.

Posted by raghuram26 on (November 30, 2009, 6:28 GMT)

I agree with Sourav's words that we won the 2nd Test convincingly . But we need to agree the fact that Sl bowlers ddint bowl too well and we won the match because of our Top order batsmen . Although they gave a good start we lost the last 5 wickets for just 50 runs .But in 3rd test, No gambir to give us a good start and the opening suddenly looks weak for India . So lets wait and watch who is going to have a last laugh in the Series .

Posted by Maverick7601 on (November 30, 2009, 6:08 GMT)

excellent article dada. I am huge fan of yours and you havent dissappointed me here either. Spot article this one and the earlier one. In the last article you handsomely praised lankan batsman and Rahul dravid. This time around Gambir and Sehwag were due credits. Also your views about Sehwag were spot on. After all we credit you for bringing in Zaheer, Sehwag, Yuvraj n Harbhajan

Posted by SatyajitM on (November 30, 2009, 6:01 GMT)

@bis_d, I am not contesting Ian Chappell's knowledge of the game or his pedigree. He has been known as an original thinker and successful captain. On the other hand lot of people also know him as "father" of sledging. These things are not what I am contesting. My view is that Ganguly and Chappell are two different individuals and both of them have the right to be different. Chappell has grown his own style of commenting/analyzing the game and so can Ganguly. We are Nobody to tell Ganguly what he should do as he is a mature individual. I am sure Chappell himself would agree to this view. @Alexk400, I see you are a big fan of Sehwag. And there is nothing wrong with that. But you need not talk lowly about other players to establish that. In my view Kanpur test was an excellent example of team work from Indian side. Sreesanth, Dravid, Gambhir, Sehwag, SL batting, all had major contribution in the win. Even Bhajji and Ojha bowled well. All other Indian players chipped in as well.

Posted by crick_admirer on (November 30, 2009, 5:23 GMT)

Gambhir is the most consistent right now, Dravid has been the most consistent in the past 10 years or so, Laxman has been really good against Australia, Sehwag has been the most attacking batsman, but who is the best overall? Who has a bit of everything mentioned above and also the best in the one-dayers? Sachin and Sachin only...

Posted by Siddharth_Pandit on (November 30, 2009, 4:22 GMT)

Excellent Article. People who have gone on offensive have to open their eyes and read what Ganguly wrote on dravid in his last article. Moreover, as a writer every author is fully entitled to express his views, nobody can force or criticize him for leaving any topic. I think we Indians are little under-developed in this respect.

@AniSud - dude we never lost a WC due to regional politics. It's in your mind that's all.

Posted by rlefti on (November 30, 2009, 4:06 GMT)

Well I have read both the articles by sourav both were simple, honest and straight...Its easy for people to be very critical initially and become popula or draw attention but sourav is different as always..He did praise rahul in the last column and now ghambhir both have been great for Indian test cricket...He meant at the moment ghambhir is the best and so people should not assume sourav said he is the best ever...I also liked the way he pointed the introduction of fernando because He has pace and bounce which lacks in srilankan attack..He backed harbhajan in the same way he backed murali, both are world class and have proved themselves because every cricketer feels class is permenant and form is temporary, which is true..Great analysis and I hope he and anil provide us the same way sunil and ravi does it, as its difficult for us to see people like sanjay,sivaramakrishnan and co who lack knowledge to pass their useless and meaningless comments on cricket and cricketers....

Posted by ChandraPrince on (November 30, 2009, 1:17 GMT)

Oh, my gosh ─most writers to this blog seem, including Mr. Ganguly to have already forgotten that India had to fight hard for a draw against Sri Lanka during the first test. Remember? So please don't over blow India's success in the second test. Kumar Sangakkara is very fine captain. Sri Lanka posted the highest batting total that any team had ever posted in India during the first test massive 760/7. That was under the captaincy of Kumar Sangakkara. As far as Sreesnath is concerned his bowling average was very mediocre in the second inning. He got thrashed hard by Samaraweera─ on one occasion more than 3 boundries in one over…May be Sreesnath will go back to being himself once again, he has a uneven bowling performance, that's what he's known for. He took 75/5 in the first innings but was able to only 1 wicket for 47 runs! Who knows? Let's not get carried away or judge so rashly─ let's see what happens in the third test!

Posted by Nampally on (November 30, 2009, 0:51 GMT)

Sourav, I entirely agree with you that Gambhir is currently the best Indian batsman and is the future of the indian batting. While praising Gambhir, one must not forget Dravid's performance in both the tests where he got brilliant centuries. He saved India from possible defeat in the first test and laid the foundation for the India's total in the second test. The first 4 Indian batsmen are easily amongst the best in the world today. This is the only reason india despite of poor pace bowlers and spinners not performing to high expectations are not outplayed. The second test was won because of Sreesanth's fine bowling in the first. Also Ojha and Harbhajan bowled tidily. This has not happened for the Indian bowlers for a while. It is high time that the Selectors focus more on developing new fast bowlers who can bowl accurately and consistently well. Australia beat India just on our poor bowling. While we have young talent in batting we need the same in bowling for India to win.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 29, 2009, 23:28 GMT)

A very interesting article but mildly hyperbolic about Gambhir. It's hard to really lay out such a star studded batting lineup so full of priceless talents and distinguish one from another. This lineup which Gambhir admittedly completes absolutely with his versatility and concentration is probably a candidate for best Test batting lineup ever from anywhere. There are other candidates, including the recently broken up Australian batting order, and the West Indian lineup of the 70's/80's to mention two. But for bowlers this batting order is a total nightmare of massive proportions.

Posted by R.AkKi.S on (November 29, 2009, 23:08 GMT)

This is for dhaval_1010:

Dude, I think you forgot something. Dada's previous article was almost all about Rahul Dravid. In that case, if the other team mates get one or two paragraphs each, I think you should consider it pretty fair..!!!

What say??

Posted by Bobby_Talyarkhan on (November 29, 2009, 21:23 GMT)

@SatyajitM I think Dada should aspire to humbly follow in Ian Chappell's footsteps but he has a long way to go and may never get there! Alexk400 is right to recall how Chappell excoriated the decision to leave Sehwag out of the original tour party to Australia - as a consistent champion of attacking cricket Chappell knew the Indian selectors were making a tragic mistake and his inferrence was startlingly confirmed as Sehwag returned to the side and singlehandedly guided them to safety in the last test. Chappell is a genius steeped in the lore of the game for generations (his grandfather and brothers were also outstanding players) - what is more he is a humanist renowned in Australia for speaking his mind on behalf of disadvantaged groups like Aboriginal cricketers and migrant assylum seekers. Ganguly can never hope to attain Ian Chappell's status but with some hard work and the honesty to state his convictions openly he can yet be a lively and provocative interlocutor of the game.

Posted by rocket123 on (November 29, 2009, 21:14 GMT)

I will have to disagree with Ganguly. I think Gambhir is a good batsman but he has a long way to go to be the best batsman in the Indian team. Though Gambhir played well in Newzealand but lets not ignore the great contributions made by the great Dravid in every match. Even in the current series, Dravid showed his sublime class as a world beater No.3 batsman by scoring 177 and 144. He was unlucky that he did not get a benefit of doubt for lbw on 38 and it was unfortunate that he got run out at 144 in a bizzare manner. Had these two indicidents not taken place, he would have gone on to score a double hundred and a hundred. In the fashion, he devised the rescue when India was reeling at 32/4, one has to have a class of all times. I get tired of reading articles not giving due credit to Dravid for being the strongest pillar in the Indian batting line-up. Batsmen like Gambhir have to prove too much before they can be slotted into the category of Dravid.

Posted by BapiDas on (November 29, 2009, 20:41 GMT)

A disappointing and extremely un-cricketr like assessment at best. If course it's hard to expect any fairer judgement from a man who as a skipper ran the team as his fiefdom and who never had the heart to praise the efforts of Rahul Dravid and who avoids admitting that Sachin is miles ahead of all others! Gautam is in top form but "the best batsman" in India today? THAT's way over the top!!!! He is vrey good but the 'best'???? No ...

Posted by DesiPathan on (November 29, 2009, 20:18 GMT)

Dada as they say in Hindi "Tum din ko agar raat kaho tho hum raat kahege" . You are the original and the one and only MAHRAJA (King) of cricket.

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (November 29, 2009, 19:52 GMT)

I am not too sure about Gangulys thought process. He, not too long ago , called Harbhajan the best spinner.

Although Gambhir is being simply outstanding and growing his stature in every game, Dravid remains the best Indian batsman in Test Cricket today. And Tendulkar is the best Indian Batsman in ODI.

Posted by Girish.S on (November 29, 2009, 19:06 GMT)

I strongly disagree with dada when he says family comes first ..when u r representing a nation .. nation should always come first .. missing a test on eve of his sister's marriage does not sound good at all .. Sachin returned back to WC even after the death of his father ..gauti should have taken that as an inspiration before choosing to attend the marriage over playing a test for the country ..

Posted by tapanp on (November 29, 2009, 18:58 GMT)

Alexk400 - your post is possibly the most stupid i have ever read. When his own team mates speak about the thrill of playing with sachin, who are you to say he does not inspire them? No doubt Dravid has been equally important to Indian Cricket but that does not diminish Sachin's achievements in any way. He did not beg Sanga for a ton, the lankans went out of their way to bowl negative and deny him. His shot played to a ball way outside off stump which he flicked to fine leg had the commentator in raptures. Dhoni best captain ever? After 9 tests? By that reasoning Ojha is our best spinner of all time. Dhoni is fantastic, but surely a little premature to call him the best Indian skipper ever?

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 29, 2009, 18:46 GMT)

I want ganguly to advice sehwag this. Shewag is good. Good thing do not last long. When it is there make use of it. Make century in each test. Stay in the crease and Relax. Play cool with dibbly dab batting until 50 and go for few shots and again slow down. Play straight as much as possible. Watch how tendulkar accumulate runs. if sehwag wants to consider to be great player he need more centuries than 16. I want him to score atleast 40 centuries and 400 run in test inning and break lara record. he can even score 500. Just tell him to switch modes...No one have energy to go 150mile speed all the time. So gather thought and go again. I really really want sehwag to score 500 test inning. He can do that. Most of indians believe in his ability. He should believe he can do it. We are all waiting. There is no need for bravado batting as he has established as Best attacking batsman , time now for him to score more centuries.

Posted by Girish.S on (November 29, 2009, 18:44 GMT)

Dada has said most of the things right here .. but i strongly disagree with him when he says family come first . Nation should always comes first ..Gauti should have preferred playing in the final test over his sister's marriage .. Sachin's return to the team during 1999 WC after his father's death should have served as an example for a youngster like gambir

Since he knew the trip schedule well in advance he could have tried and postponed or preponed his sister's marriage

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 29, 2009, 18:36 GMT)

Ian chappell is just an example. No one is perfect. Everyone make their own views based on the context they are in at the time. Ian chappell is not correct all the time. i disagree lot of time his views. But why i bring ian chappell is that Ganguly do not have to be jingoistic when he is writing article and put forth both team views and how they can compete. We all want great people , great team compete. May the best team wins. Everyone want their country to win for sure , still you can tell the truth and you can do that only if you remove your context and become impartial observer of cricket. If all teams are fighting tooth and nail, it is good for cricket. With aussie with average team , cricket is kinda interesting. But still there is big gap between average aussie and bad WI. Whole world want West Indies to play well. Everyone wants to see bowlers bowl 150+ to see how batsman tackle that speed. It is like living in danger and risky. we want to see great batsman tackle that.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 29, 2009, 18:19 GMT)

continued...

I think ganguly is fat better than sachin in terms of fighting for team. Yes i may not like ganguly because he ran a team like his own mafia. Hahaha. For me he did n't praise dravid enough the man who contributed to all his wins and made him winningest captain. I think dhoni says all the right things. Ganguly is more abrasive. it works well against aussies though. Dhoni is best ever indian captain but he needs his trump card sehwag. if dhoni keep praising sehwag , Dhoni will keep winning. Yuvi plays manic if sehwag fires as there won't be much pressure. Gambhir also plays well because he wants to show sehwag he is good. There is respect thing going on between sehwag and gambhir that is good for india.

Also some one like ganguly to tell sehwag , he need stats sometime and do not throw his wicket away in Tests. Sehwag can make 50 centuries. Easy. he can concentrate as well as anyone and he can make make century with all his defensive shots and angles without any risk.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 29, 2009, 18:10 GMT)

Srilanka lost mainly because of sangakkara captaincy. When you do not respect opposition (sehwag) , you will lose. Sangakarra is big talker nothing else to show.

Sreesanth did bowl well for sure. But he can be neutralized if they plan and prepare well for him. Srilankan batsman did not study him. did not attack sreesanth and neturalize his outswing. dilshan can't slog every ball when it is swinging. Also srilanka's parana is useless. So too much pressure put on sanga and mahela.

I do not think anything wrong with srilankan spinners. It is all because of sehwag onslaught that made srilanka lose mentally. That said i like the way dravid bats. For me Dravid best Indian batsman ever. he saved numerous Tests matches i lost count. he should be rewarded more than sachin but bombay runs BCCI what can you expect. I am not sachin fan. for me he do not inspire his teammates with his play. He play for himself like he begged sanga so he can complete his century. Pathetic!.

Posted by sukhmander on (November 29, 2009, 18:04 GMT)

Dada, You continue to amaze us with your observations. Its like watching your cover drive, straight and crisp with very little fuss! we do agree with you that Gambhir is in the form of his life . when the whole cricketing world is concerned about dying test cricket. well written DADA, Please do continue with your articles

Posted by AniSud on (November 29, 2009, 17:47 GMT)

Dada's wants to ignore Dravid, still. No matter how success full he is as a captain, but now Indian cricket is much relived from north south politics, due to which we lost two world cups. Please keep away these politicians away from the cricinfo pages.

Posted by SatyajitM on (November 29, 2009, 14:36 GMT)

@bharatratna, I understand your emotion. But own sister's marriage is a very important event for an Indian brother I would support Gambhir on his decision. Now that India prides itself as a team, it should live upto that and prove that absence of one regular opener is not that big deal to them. @Alexk400, I don't know why Sourav has to become like Ian Chappel. Chappel is good in his own ways. But, while he has made some correct prediction/analysis, some of his prediction/analysis have gone kaput. I know for sure that Sourav prides himself being a distinct individual and he need not follow anybody else. We like the way he is.

Posted by Ellis on (November 29, 2009, 14:19 GMT)

This is a fair and balanced article by Sourav. No fuss, no muss. The Sri Lankan bowling on Indian wickets is below Test class so far, especially with Murali below par and Mendis having been worked out by the Indian batsmen. However, they could come again although the Indian batting lineup is daunting. The real culprits have been the groundsmen. Both wickets for the Tests were not of the required standard. Predominance of either bat or ball does not provide good quality matches.India deserve their lead and are unlikely to recede from here.

Posted by SatyajitM on (November 29, 2009, 14:18 GMT)

@Alexk400, you are being uncharitable to Gambhir and Dravid when you say Srilanka lost only because they got pummelled by Sehwag. While Sehwag's innings was responsible for getting 400+ on day one, don't forget he got a life on 0. Also, India got 385 in the first innings of first test match without any contribution from Sehwag. Actually Gambhir and Dravid played more compact innings. So, first reason India won was due to excellent batting by top order. Second reason is a beautiful piece of pace bowling by Sreesanth on day three. The ball that got Herath out was an absolute beauty. Third reason was SL batsmen lost it in their minds. Pitch wasn't too bad even till 4th day. But the batsmen didn't apply themselves and panicked. They should have taken a leason from Indian batting of second innings of first test. They could have tried to save the test or at least not lost by an innings. Hope, SL make a comeback and we see a good match at Brabourne.

Posted by Punjabi1 on (November 29, 2009, 13:54 GMT)

So good to read your article dear Saurav. Always admired your play and your captaincy and it would be joy to see you in the commentary box one day. Gambhir is certainly the best batsman in the team at present and his grit and determination, apart from being a left hander reminds of your own golden days.

Posted by dhaval_1010 on (November 29, 2009, 13:22 GMT)

Sehwag (131 runs) got a paragraph, Gambhir (167 runs) got two paragraphs, Sreesanth (6 wickes, MOM) got a paragraph, Dhoni got two paragraphs for winning the toss, even Murli and Mendis got two paragraphs together. Are we missing someone, Dada ? Oh yeah, wait a second, Rahul Dravid !! Does the name sound familiar to you ? I believe he scored 144 or am I mistaken ? Not even a word about him. I am surprised that previous 36 comments failed to notice that.

Posted by Ilin on (November 29, 2009, 13:14 GMT)

its ok to attend the marriage of sister.its much much better option of skipping the match rather than shooting for an ad like other does.well said dadi,u r still the best.i love u.

Posted by kharkov on (November 29, 2009, 11:16 GMT)

@bharatratna control ur emotions mate...Ur name shows india is so precious to u.I appreciate it mate..But see a sisters marriage come just once in a life..If indian team lacks players at opening slot that wud have been a diff story here india have murali vijay...Badri another talented player.So whynt gambhir takes off and goes to wedding..Dont be offensive its ok.Cheers.Miss u prince of Kolkota

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (November 29, 2009, 9:00 GMT)

This comment is little bit better and feel like reading than the other Indian commentators who just blindly backing their side. Well, India played well this time and Gambhir is still played 26 matches. So he is still young to cricket world and long way to go. Indian commentators need to rethink this fact before saying HOW GOOD GAMBHIR IS.

Posted by andygandhi on (November 29, 2009, 8:19 GMT)

well said saurav, cricketer is too family man, and there is nothing wrong if he takes last day off, people need to realize that cricketer plays entire year and travel the whole worlds, leaving their family at home, even hardly they get opportunity to celebrate any festival. Gambhir is in his prime form, that is because he has cemented his place in the team and he seems to be very much focused and determined batsman, i would love to comment on some aussie cricinfo fan(they commented on harsha bhogle's article on gambhir) , who believes gambhir can only bat on sub-continent pitch, mate havent u seen his centry in VB series 2008 against australia, i dont think australia has bowlers who bowl at 120 kmph, learn to accept the truth. On sreesanth, what a comeback he deserved his place in the team and worked really hard for it, he did well in county as well, zaheer and sreesanth can be leathel combination for sure.

Posted by Dasher007 on (November 29, 2009, 7:24 GMT)

Yeah, a captains faith is so important in a player's career.What Dhoni had done to Gambhir, Sourav did to the man whom he partners - Sehwag and to many other youngsters. I hope Gambhir breaks the record for most number consecutive half centuries record. BTW, it was really heartening to see Sreeshant in full zest without his antics. Hopefully, he would continue to do the same in the future. Congrats India for the 100th test win and joint No:1 ranking in the world. But there is no team now who can unarguably claim the No:1 position; there is bound to be fluctuations between the top teams in the near future. Hopefully, India maintains consistency in the upcoming matches. And meanwhile, India has to play more number of test matches. Even Sachin has expressed his concern about the limited number of matches played by India. Coming back to the series, good Luck to India for the third test match. And Sourav, keep them coming. Miss you a lots. Good Luck.

Posted by Nipun on (November 29, 2009, 7:19 GMT)

The only thing players like Harbhajan,Zaheer,& Sreesanth are good at is growling when batsmen hit them for boundaries & various other theatrics.Indians are the least liked team in the world;they are just called because of the money involved.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 29, 2009, 6:53 GMT)

I like samaraweera. Where is next great indian middle order batsman who scores double centuries in domestic cricket. Seems like no one with stamina. Rohit sharma, raina and kohlis are useless. We need to select Batsman only if he scores double century in domestic cricket. It shows stamina, temparament and tenacity.

Gambhir has it. He is opening batsman. Yuvi is great in ODI. He is zero in Test. He has momentary lapse in concentration and get bowled. He is more of bravado type batsman. We need next DRAVID.

Srilanka has to counter sreesanth test if they want to compete in next test. I think srilanka going to lose again if their opening batsman fail to counter sreesanth swing. It puts tremendous pressure on sangakara and jaywardene. They will also get out. The best way to make india fold is make big score and apply pressure. Why i am telling this?. Because srilanak can't do either. If you want to win india, plan ahead and be prepared for spinless flat wickets ifyou have spinner

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 29, 2009, 6:45 GMT)

Bland commentary is fine , even obvious is fine. Be fair and balanced and put forth both teams views. Just swicth context if you are srilankan and what is the problem and if you are indian what is the problem. Just remove yourself , just look through different glass. Great analyst always remove his own context and look through others context. That is the way you impress with your deep thought.

No need to be offensive. Because you have no team when you become analyst. You can be as good as Ian chappel. Ian Chappell when he said sehwag needed against aussies , he knows sehwag is danger to aussies and still he said it because he wants to see great people compete , every one want their country to win for sure , but also they want fair competition.

So you need to advice how srilanka can beat india or atleast you should say what do you think srilanka faults lies.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 29, 2009, 6:40 GMT)

I think ganguly is writing article ok but he also need to specify why srilanka lost as a fair and balanced commentary.

I know exactly why srilanka lost. They got pummelled by sehwag , they lost completely. They do not want to admit it. That is the real story. Sreesanth getting wickets is not big story. He was in right place at right time. Srilanka can neutralize sreesanth but they can't neutralize if they keep spilling chances sehwag gives.

Srilanka would have got out same way even they batted first. Sreesanth could have bundled them. Srilanka opening batsman got exposed. They need new batsman. Sreesanth is very dangerous bowler to right hand batsman with his outswing. Dilshan need to come forward and smack and upset sreesanth rhythm , if he plays in crease i am 100% sure he will get out to sreesan again and again.

Sreesanth problem always he obsessed with attention and antics. He can play and he has that special energy. If he can control his emotions , india can be number 1.

Posted by truefan001 on (November 29, 2009, 6:34 GMT)

Khoob bhalo! Superb article dada!! Win IPL Trophy for Kolkata this season Dada. Make all bowlers look fool in this year IPL by sending them out of Eden. But let me assure you dada..even if you fail you will be our only charming prince!!

Posted by 9ST9 on (November 29, 2009, 5:48 GMT)

IF Sri Lanka do win the toss in the next game it will be a good opportunity to measure the sides, If they still go on to lose after winning the toss down in mumbai, then we can safely say Ahmedabad was a fluke, and that they actually are found wanting.

India made a good decision by bringing back Shreesanth, with all due respect to I Sharma he's a shadow of what we saw in Australia.

Posted by bharatratna on (November 29, 2009, 5:41 GMT)

Dada - Is "sisters' weddings are special for their brothers" a sarcastic statement? Seems to be so for me. How can the teeming millions in our motherland, who venerate cricketers more than martyrs and ex-freedom fighters, appreciate an in-form player's decision to put family ahead of nation? As we have won the last match, no-one is taking the issue seriously, but I bet that we would be hearing a lot of hullabaloo if India go on to lose the third Test.

Posted by ashok16 on (November 29, 2009, 5:38 GMT)

Dear Mr. Ganguly, not sure it is fair for you to publish columns about the national team while playing Ranji for Bengal. Bengal is floundering against one and all. I suspect captain Manoj Tiwari needs your 100% undivided attention.

You were a tremendous impact as captain as India. Please don't drift in commenting and column writing. This column has nothing new and could be written by any armchair cricket lover.

There is a lot of expectation that you will still be a leader- in captaincy (IPL and Ranji), coaching (perhaps even India), and for sure in cricket administration at BCCI.

Posted by pummy23 on (November 29, 2009, 5:25 GMT)

Its really great that team india has performed beautifully. Its was an team performance though highlighted performances are mentions in this article as well as comments on it. One thing missing in this entire episode is Dravid's performance. He is top scorer in series and by quite distance from Gambhir. Nothing taking away from gambhir, he deserve all the accolades but it seems dravid is being neglected all the way. He has scored 359 runs at strike rate of 65. Is it such a mean task that doesn't even deserve a mention in this article, where all performers from both teams are mentioned except dravid.

Such a pity that we keep on neglecting a TRUE TEAM MAN, who has scored 10000+ runs in both forms of cricket. In fact 4th highest run scorer in history of test cricket.

Posted by Nipun on (November 29, 2009, 5:18 GMT)

I'm sorry Sourav,but I just don't understand what makes you so optimistic.The team batting first @ Mumbai will again post a 550+ score,everyone knows,& the team batting 2nd should do the same if they apply themselves,so what's the reason for this misplaced optimism about the pitch?

Posted by iratewarlock on (November 29, 2009, 5:03 GMT)

happymind needs his happy pills. they lost the match coz they lost the toss? sreesanth rippped u into smithereens... he's a pacer not a spinner. Indian pitches are just good for drwas in the last match, now u lose in 3 days its again the Indian pitches. lame

Posted by AHappyMind on (November 29, 2009, 4:02 GMT)

Why did Sri Lanka lose the match? Because they lost the toss. End of story.

Indian curators need to change the way they develop the pitches.

Posted by avssrs on (November 29, 2009, 2:53 GMT)

Saurav, the same was said of the Kanpur pitch and it turned out to be a flat one. These run mountains are killing Test cricket. Too much is up to the toss. I might be in a minority but I'd rather see a Sehwag 50 or a Gambhir 60 on a more challenging pitch. Spot on about the security bit though. Good leadership involves placing faith in people and making them feel secure, and you probably know a thing or two about good leadership.

Posted by zak123kaif on (November 29, 2009, 2:44 GMT)

Rightly said by saurav ganguly that gambhir is the best batsman at the moment.the consistency at which he is scoring runs justifies ganguly's statement.

Posted by Kesava_nz on (November 29, 2009, 1:13 GMT)

Dada,

You continue to amaze me with your observations. Its like watching your cover drive, straight and crisp with very little fuss!

I do agree with you that Gambhir is in the form of his life (though critics may say he has not been in a test tour down under or to south africa), its not his fault. when the whole cricketing world is concerned about dying test cricket, BCCI thinks otherwise!

well written DADA, Please do continue with your articles :)

Posted by Acer09 on (November 28, 2009, 23:32 GMT)

First of all i am surprised you didn't find rangana herath interesting enough to talk about. But, what you said was right that angelo mathews can not win a test match on indian pitches for sri lanka. although he has accuracy in his bowling, he lacks pace n doesnt have enough movement to get out the world class indian batting order.

Posted by arup_g on (November 28, 2009, 22:34 GMT)

Great Article Dada! Khoob bhalo! I agree about Gambhir being the best batsman in the Indian team and no doubt the most consistent! Sreesanths performance was excellent too, great to see him perform so well on an Indian pitch for once. He needs to channel his aggression in the correct manner though to be successful like the great bowlers like Donald and Lee of recent years. Would like to see Sachin pile another century and maybe Laxman and Yuvi getting one each too, that way the top 7 of India's line up will have made centuries in the series, which im sure has never been done before? Hope to hear from you soon dada

Posted by Bobby_Talyarkhan on (November 28, 2009, 22:02 GMT)

Dada was a great captain in the Ian Chappell mould (of whom John Arlott wrote - "he was militant in attack, dogged in defense" and "not given to airs and graces") as well as being a lovely batsman to watch in any arena, test or one day. As a writer, however, he lacks something and comes across simply as a bland and inoffensive nonentity. He should take a leaf out of Ian Chappell's book and translate his playing style into his writing style! Dada! come out of your corner fighting with your pen (or laptop)!

Posted by tombaan on (November 28, 2009, 20:30 GMT)

very matured commentary....from gangs

Posted by govind_115 on (November 28, 2009, 20:11 GMT)

Its really nice to see Sourav's close view and comment on present Indian team which he built in long 5 years and produced killing instinct into them.Gambhir is showing amazing performnce in past 1 year,and scoring 7 centuries in last 8 tests is great.Goutam Gambhir solved the permanent problem of opening spot with his wonderful performances.As Dada mentioned about bowling attack,Zaheer is best bowler at present time and sree must have disturnbed some sleep of Ishant.But one thing which matters lots is consistency and he should maintain that if want be horse of long race.Congrats Indian Team for 100th test win and grabbing number 1 spot in test.Sourav we orkut fans miss you lots and wish you were there in Indian cap,but you are great whereever you are.Thanx lots cricinfo and Sourav for such wonderful article. - ...cøø£!!!..

Posted by greathief911 on (November 28, 2009, 19:43 GMT)

hey i cant belive no one comment yet but i totally agree with you. one thing i would add is if u were still there this team would be so much stronger. just your name in it made it more stronger. you were one on the best player for sure, i liked you.

Posted by BHARATLIFE on (November 28, 2009, 19:28 GMT)

Dada agree with you , Mumbai whoever bats first will win.

Posted by aveesachin10 on (November 28, 2009, 19:20 GMT)

good one dada......to start with viru......once he gets going.....he just wont stop.....thats viru for you....but he also needs to understand the value of temperement. He needs to also learn to play the long handle rather then throwing it away when hes on song. His ODI form needs to be consistent to. I don't remember playing more then 180-200 balls in the 7 match series against the aussies. His strike rate is brilliant as ever. Hope he just gets better. Speaking about Gauti after going through Harsha's article as well. His form is excellent. He has become a valuable member of the team and certainly a backbone of team india. He just needs to maintain the flow and he will be unstoppable as he is now. Now speaking about the lankan's chances. I dont see it happening until or unless murali leads the way from the front but he has struggled. Mendis has become predictable. Hearath is decent. The fast bowlers are absolutely a shocker. They should have played fernando ahead of mathews.

Posted by sanyam_kamat on (November 28, 2009, 18:48 GMT)

a nice article from a great player himself...i think Srilanka will be atleast somewat happy as Gauti is not there for next match.. but who knows this might be a match for our national hero Sachin a score one of his hundreds and rewrite the records...

Posted by bhirusen on (November 28, 2009, 18:47 GMT)

That's more like the Dada that lead India from being a band of goondas to an elite blackcat demolition squad. There's already a marked difference from his first commentary last week. Candid opinions and razor sharp analysis, plus tons of ideas that SL team management can use for free. Sport is not to be mixed with anything else. But I wonder if a sniper serving the Indian Army can go home for his sister's wedding in the middle of a war. Family definitely comes first, but test matches are getting rarer too. Look at the number of five-day contests that India will get involved in the next twelve months and beyond.

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 28, 2009, 18:16 GMT)

Gambhir is best batsman in the team. But he needs a catalyst. That is sehwag. The reason srilanka lost the game is not because of sreesanth , it is because of sehwag. He pummel their spinners , they lost confidence in themself immediately. sehwag has an effect on opposition , they have to come prepared to deal with him. To get sehwag out , they need a fast bowler who can bowl 140-145kmph or sehwag has to lose interest and throw his wickets. Sehwag needs constant challenges and constant praise and team has to show they need him. He is a moody , needy type and has to be happy to play well. if he is semi happy he will throw his wicket away. here is some of sehwagology. http://www.cricketwithballs.com/sehwagology/

Srilanka can't win india unless srilanka comes with 3 super fast bowlers. Bcci will always make Non spinning wicket against srilanka to neutralize murali & co. May be after murali retired , srilanka can win.

India will also win next test i think.

Posted by yosizzlers on (November 28, 2009, 17:07 GMT)

mr dhoni .It is better for u to hear the advice from dada.he is very much capable than you both in subcontinent and abroad on challenging tracks. in terms of captaincy as well as batting.i consider u just as a good wkt-batsman and not a world class batsman. it not that u r not smarter in captaincy but at least u should have supported dravid and ganguly selection in ODis

Posted by Trackmonitor on (November 28, 2009, 16:52 GMT)

Well atleast Sourav noticed, even I feel the same about Gautam Gambhir, hes been the most consistant Indian batsman for more than a year now.

Posted by amit1807kuwait on (November 28, 2009, 16:33 GMT)

Its always good to read the viewpoint of Dada. I really wish he could spare some time and lend his voice to the commentary team on TV. That would go a long way in alleviating our agony of listening to the likes of Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.

Posted by jatin17 on (November 28, 2009, 16:29 GMT)

I think that too that gambhir is probably best Indian batsman in Tests. About the next match in mumbai, i am looking forward to it eagerly. I hope indian batsman carry the same form in that match, I really would like to wish dravid to get third century of the series, he was exceptional in Ahmadabad. About the bowling, I think next match is of zahir khan. all the best india and srilanka, produce one test like pakistan and newzealand did !

Posted by IPL_is_Fixed on (November 28, 2009, 16:24 GMT)

Hello Dada!

How are you!

Agreed Team India won the match! But what would have been result if we had lost the toss and had to bat second and fouth innings! Are Indians capable of batting in Second & Fourth innings against Mendis, Herath & Muttiaha, that too on a crumbling pitch!

Bye! Dada!

Posted by i_m_kris on (November 28, 2009, 16:16 GMT)

Awesome article DaDa...such a balanced and crisp article..that you are a wonderful captain is once again reflected in the way you have analyzed the match. Looking forward to read more articles from you. Kudos Cricinfo.. for roping in DaDa..

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