I know every one must have watched the aus tour of india in 01. But it would be good to discuss our insights..so here we go
Aussies started their customary crap of "mental disintegration". almost the whole team starred in that. For india couple of players gave decent reaction and cautius enthusiasm. But the real surprise was ganguly dishing out as good as he got. which surprised everyone.
But the oh so faithful indian media once again played out a soap opera linking him to a starlet. and to everys surprise..lol..aussie media played it up.heh
1st test :
day1: Mcgrath tried unsuccessfully to bully india with sheer pace but once he went back to line and length he was the star again. Warne seemed to so good first day with a 4 wicket haul. And sachin once again showing everyone that on skills he is the best by a distance and his temperament still needs some work.
day2: india on top. familiar story. spinners rule. enter gilchrist. His century in my opinion was his least best, topedges,skiers but luck was on his side. he blasted his way thro. Revelation was matt the bat. he was in a zone of his own. Ganguly and the bowlers dont handle the pressure well. poor field placement, rushing thro the overs when they should have slowed down etc.
day3 : red ball. fast bowlers. indian batsmen. (well home pitch) and they did what they do best. beat a path to the pavilion.
enter the wall and sachin. aussies cut in full flight. india threatens to make a match of it. again sachin shows skills but no favored by lady luck. (meanwhile slater shows what domestic pressure can make a man do ...it eventually ended his career..a real pity ..but he deserved it)
day4 : game over. india crumbles. waugh and mcgrath walk the talk. but amazingly ganguly keeps his chin up and gives some sane reasons and is optimistic.
day1: matt the bat and slater carry on. langer is his usual scratchy and gritty and plods on. aus walk all over a one man bowling attack. lucks turns harb runs thro the "batting order".
day2: waugh gives the lesson on how to bat and turn pressure to ur advantage. india and ganguly show what not to do.
batting - india scales new heights. 8 down in less than 2 sessions.
day3 : it is almost over. laxman shows why he made all those centuries in domestic cricket. aus on the way to win no 17.
indian second innings. new spine . the batting stands on the pitch for some time. laxman rages on. ganguly puts up a fight once again showing he should be perserved with. a feeling of dejavu for indian fans
day4 : 3 sessions. 300 plus runs. no wicket. nuff said. waugh faces real pressure and opposition in a long time. nothing new can be said abt the two batsmen. oh and lady luck did favor them on the morn session.
a word of praise of gillespie man !what a spirit.
day5 : india carry on. negative attitude. but playin safe. then despite good opening partnership australia falls like 9 pins. sachin showing that he could easily be the best spinner from both sides. harb makes his mark. grt come back by india.
waugh beaten and stunned. ganguly ecstatic and aware ofthe grt escape.
Pre decider: some insights
warne treated worser than a net bowler.despite his good show in the first test. he is on the verge of being dropped..wow..what a turnaround.
mcgrath - yeah i am that good -says his bowling
gillespie- need some luck mate.!
waugh - same grim face but stunned at being stretched. nevertheless confident.
gilchirst - my back hurts after that big fall back to earth mate.
matt the bat - somebody steal this mans bat . total control with the best yet to come.
ganguly - grt escape. but very good attitude
sachin - flop show under pressure. but determined to prove it otherwise. no question abt skills though. shows he could make another career as a spinner
dravid - grt comeback.shows steel.
harb - fairy tale.
indian bowling "attack" - hahahaha
batting - we see light at the end of the tunnel. not sure if it is the train.
laxman - well folks , i made a century every match i played in domestic cricket. 281 - 38 fours. highest score for india..need i say more ? heh
I will write the second part of this post laterwhen i find time now got to go for my job. the 3rd test had events which changed the courses of two country's cricket.
[Edited on 7/17/02 by scorpio]