India saved themselves some face by making England lose three wickets before achieving victory. What it also showed was that if the Indian
batsmen had batted with some responsibility then they could have even turned the game around if England were to chase over 100 runs to win the game.
As this is being written, comes the news that Yuvraj, Zaheer and Harbhajan have been dropped for the Nagpur Test. Quite clearly the Eden
Gardens is not a lucky venue for Yuvraj who was also dropped after the Eden Test last year against the West Indies. He and Harbhajan have been made scapegoats for the failures of the others.
Harbhajan got only 20 overs to bowl in the Mumbai Test and he picked two wickets in that, so it wasn’t as if he was given a longish spell and he did not deliver. When the opposition scores more than 500 runs then the whole bowling unit is to be held responsible and not just one bowler.
Yes, Zaheer has also been dropped but he has looked out of sorts and his fielding efforts would have also weighed in when his name came up for discussion.
Yuvraj got out in the second innings even before he was set and those batsmen who were set and got out playing shots when caution and shot
selection was important have been reprieved. When a team is looking to save the game it is crucial that the batsmen are ultra careful of the shots
that they play.
Yes, the scoreboard has to be kept ticking so that the fielders in catching positions disperse and the deficit is reduced. Yet when an expansive drive is played to the first ball after an interval and another is chased wide off the stumps that shows a lack of appreciation of the teams position.
When a batsman with limited shots cannot raise the tempo of his game when quick runs are needed he gets pilloried and is called selfish but when a batsman with loads of shots cannot lower the gears and play within himself he gets away because that is supposed to be his natural game.
This is nothing but double standards. If Yuvraj had to be dropped then so also the others who got set and then threw their wickets away. If you cannot discipline your game to the needs of the team then you are a selfish player too.
No praise can be too much for Ashwin who displayed a great sense of responsibility. He may not have got the wickets but he did not try to experiment too much and so was a lot more consistent in his line and length. As a batsman he fought till the end and saved India the humiliation
of an innings defeat.
A real pity that he missed out on a well deserved century. It would have been in the fitness of things if he had been promoted as the vice-captain of the team instead of those aspirants who did not show the same feel for the situation of the team and let it down.
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