Australia v India, Adelaide, 2014 : A test to remember

The dust has now settled in Adelaide. A lot has been written about the first test and a lot has been said about it. Should Karn have played? Should India have tried harder to block the game out once Kohli departed? Is Rohit Sharma a test calibre batsman? What is up with the umpires? Should they all be replaced by DRS robots?

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Australia v. India, 1st test, day 5 preview (it all comes down to today)

A familiar pattern has played itself out over the last four days.

  1. Dropping Ravi Ashwin against our express advice
  2. Dropping catches and spending two days in the field chasing leather (I can’t remember the last time we actually bowled a team out in an overseas test match. May have been the Lords test this summer – can’t help but think that was a total fluke.)
  3. The top order flattering to deceive yet again, getting starts but not scoring big runs (save for Virat, who should really be kicking himself for handing the momentum back to Australia at the end of Day 3. He should be getting hundreds, big hundreds, double hundreds).
  4. Rohit Sharma getting out to a soft shot (surprise surprise!) and all thoughts of a lead quickly evaporating.
  5. A spinner taking a five-for against some of the best players of spin (incidentally, he couldn’t buy a wicket in the last series against Pakistan).
  6. The opposition batsman piling on the runs quickly, helped by wickets off no-balls.
  7. Back to square one, waiting for a declaration.

Something tells me Clarke is going to declare overnight and set India 364 to win.

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Five Minutes Before Lunch on Day 3

India had just lost Murali Vijay. Mitchell Johnson was fired up. Five minutes before lunch – one of the worst times to come in to bat.

The slips opened their eyes a little wider.  The other fielders crept slightly closer to the bat. Virat Kohli, captain of India, swaggered in, took guard and looked around. Twirled his bat his bat a couple of times before settling into his stance. Read More …

Australia v India, 1st Test Match, Adelaide Oval : Preview

Every morning the alarm would go off at 5.55 am. Praying that India was not more than 2 wickets down in the first 30 minutes of play, I would switch the TV on to Star Sports and watch it with just one eye open. It used to be pitch dark outside (Delhi’s winter sun was not out yet). As kids, watching India play in Australia was a cold, early morning affair.

Those days are back again.

Except time zones now work pretty well for me (play starts at 8 am) and Singapore has no real winter to speak of!

Since the first test begins tomorrow, we thought it’d be interesting to write about team composition. Read More …

Memories of Adelaide : Rahul Dravid

Australia v India, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 16 December, 2003© Getty Images (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s the scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64060.html

Arms aloft, Rahul Dravid celebrates victory.

Instinctively, he kisses the India crest on his cap.

An image which sears itself into the collective consciousness of a billion Indians.

Sometimes the good guys finish first.

Brick by brick, a legend is made.

[UPDATED: YouTube link for both innings here]