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]

India v Australia : Fights, Sledges, Tantrums and Bad Behaviour !

Tempers have always run pretty high in this top of the table clash.

So as a part of the build-up to this much-awaited test series, a selection of the best “fights” across India v Australia games:

HARBHAJAN v PONTING:  17 year old Bhajji scurries for cover after giving Ponting a send-off in Sharjah, 1998.

SACHIN v MCGRATH : The Big Man drops an F Bomb, Nairobi, 2000

MICHAEL SLATER v DRAVID: Michael Slater loses his shit, Mumbai, 2001.

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#Putoutyourbats #63notout

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Not many consider cricket dangerous. I mean how dangerous could a non-contact sport be?

But it’s played with a hard ball.

Propelled at speeds faster than a speeding car.

Which hurts when you get hit (I can vouch for that).

A talented player’s life was cut tragically short on the 27th.

There was talk of him making a comeback to the Australian team for the first test at the Gabba.

Shows you how unpredictable life is.

This has just been a sad, sad week.

Spare a thought for Sean Abbot.

Hope the poor kid pulls through and plays again.

Phil Hugh bats on. 63 not out.

Watch out for that cut shot!

Play hard, play safe.

Can’t bat, can’t bowl and can’t field. Say hello to the Indian test team (Part 2).

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

So…nearly two weeks have crawled by since the first part of this post (read part 1 here.)

Ravi Shastri is the new team director. Derbyshire has signed Cheteshwar Pujara. Virat Kohli’s horror run has merely traded formats and coloured clothing for flannels. India lead a series against England 1-0 after the second game (familiar scoreline, anyone?).

The test series defeat still hangs in London’s air like a pall of gloom.

It’s not the defeat that hurts. It’s the gutless manner in which we capitulated – dropping catches, bowling poorly, collapsing innings after innings.

But it was only to be expected. I think it’s rather stupid for anyone to expect our test team to do well abroad. In all honesty, it’s a miracle we still manage to win at home.

Why, then, do we lose test matches?

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Learning to play straight, in the Gully: A Comprehensive Guide to Gully Cricket in India

So there have been a few questions on how this blog came to be named. “One tip, one hand” was one of the fundamental rules of the cricket we played in the streets as kids. This post seeks to capture some of the facets of the game we fondly called “gully cricket” (‘gully’ in this context meaning ‘side-street’, not cricket exclusively played in the fielding position). To confuse things further, while the name gully cricket indicates that this was cricket played in the streets, apart from the streets there were a variety of locations – parks, construction sites and empty parking lots.

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