· India will not last even 4 days in Perth – Chris Rogers, with a test average of 127.89 over a career of 102 test matches, predicted after the game in Canberra. Logical statement after analyzing the history but from the man who hasn’t even played in international cricket? Eat my shit. It smells terrible but you never know, might well taste well for an Australian. After all, it’s all about attitude mate.
· India won’t be able to face Shaun Tait who bowls at a speed for 170 kmph with swing covering a meter – True. Indians could not face him because he wasn’t good enough to bowl. Ponting had to prefer part timers over his could have been light striker. How ironical, the man who was supposed to bundle Indian batting lineup in 3 days or so handicapped Ponting so much that he had must have been thinking of playing with 3 pacers, 7 batsmen and a bogey. I loved his pads as well because ball sped off his pads faster than Roger’s bat.
· India would be white washed 4-0 – Score line says 2-1 and it could well be 3-1 by the next test match ends. But, it could well still have been 2-1 in India's favor at this point of time had it not been for Benson & Bucknor couple in Sidney. Geoff Marsh might have been good friends with B&B.
· It all evens out in the long run – That is what the man who carries the biggest resemblance with human history, Andrew Symonds said when given not out to an edge which was so clear that even I heard while travelling in Mumbai Local while fighting for my breath. It hasn’t yet evened out because to do so, he needs to be given out wrongly in the next two innings as well.
· There was something in the pitch for the bowlers and it was always doing something – That is what Ricky Ponting said after the match. What he might well have meant, give me a batting wicket in Adelaide. We all know he cannot play the Indian Racist. But Ishant Sharma refreshed his memories about famous Andrew Flintoff spell in Ashes 2005 when he was praying to God to send him to the other end. One thing noticeable about his more than impressive test career. He has been at his prime past 2001 when there were no Walsh & Ambrose in West Indies, two W’s of Pakistan were past their prime, Shane Bond was making his rare appearance in the international scenario, England could never play same set of bowlers in two consecutive series, they did not play much against SL not before trying their best to get Muralidharan banned. Australians have had the best bowling attack ahead of SA. SRT and Lara played in 90s and against Australia as well.
We lost badly in Melbourne which was effectively the first practice match for us. We improved after some practice to such an extent that B&B had to come for Australian rescue. We won in Perth with some margin and were better than Australians. Isn’t it BCCI’s fault to devise such a stupid time table for such a tough tour? They should have given them at least a couple of practice matches.
For ACB, they should definitely make sure that next time Australians have to cross the hurdle of 16 straight wins, they do not play against India.
Hope we make it two all in Adelaide.