Tag: Cricket

Oval Test

India did not enforce follow on at Oval in spite of having 319 runs lead. India batted and declared at 180/6 setting a target of 500 for England to win. The excuse by Dravid was that bowlers needed rest which was contradicted by Zaheer Khan. Chandu Borde said a team can score 500 runs in the last innings. What was happening?
It was immaterial that India won a series in England after 21 years. A Test that could have been won by enforcing follow on was not won. England could not have crossed 319 and scored many runs to defeat India. At the most the Test could have ended in draw.
In India’s second innings Dravid faced 96 balls and scored 12 runs. In England’s second innings he dropped Michael Vaughan who was on 18.
It is for the third time in recent years that India did not enforce follow on. First time Sachin Tendulkar was the captain and we had 275 runs lead against New Zealand. Second time Sourav Ganguly was the captain and we had 230 runs lead against Australia. Rarely a team loses after enforcing follow on and when happens there is something fishy. Once Australia lost to England after enforcing follow on and Lillee and Marsh were involved in betting.
Did Dravid not enforce follow on or was he told by someone from BCCI? During India vs Zimbabwe match in 1999 World Cup India had to score six runs for victory with two overs remaining and three wickets at hand. Raj Singh Dungarpur told the Indian players to finish the match in one over and India lost three wickets and the match in that over.
Was there match fixing at Oval? Lot of money in involved in betting and that leads to match fixing. I appeal to all not to bet.

Fall of Australia

Australia lost five out of his last six ODIs, four of them against succession. It lost two against England in the final and two against New Zealand and lost both the series. As a consequence it slipped in rank from 1 to 2. S. Africa is no. 1.

Victories and defeats are part of the game. Australia was no. 1 for five years and nobody expected such fall. Ten wickets loss to New Zealand was its worst in history.

Some top players were not in the team due to injuries Such things happen to all teams. Other players take their places. There are ups and downs. Dropping catches and fielding lapses had a role in the fall of Australia.

Australia has done well to be one the top for five years. They can be on the top again. Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties. At one time West Indies dominated world cricket. They won the World Cup in 1975 and 1969. Later India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1983, 1992 and 1996 respectively. Australia won the World Cup in 1987, 1999 and 2003. England reached the finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992 and did not win.

Australia’s fall makes World Cup 2007 interesting. Any team can beat any other team. So far no host country has won the World Cup. Sri Lanka won the Cup in Pakistan. England, S. Africa, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and New Zealand have not won the World Cup. There are teams from non-Test playing nations taking part in the World Cup. It is unlikely that a team from a non-Test playing nation will win the World Cup.