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by CricketBuster (U10783832) 16 February 2010
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Wasnt this supposed to be best attack in world cricket and Indian attack supposed to be worst after reading some of articles here primarily by some Eng and Aus fans, not to forget the talk by Saffers bowlers themselves before the 2nd Test started.

Still work for India to do and Saffers have the ability to do what they did at Lords couple of years ago !

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posted Feb 16, 2010

Yet again, the umpires seem to love their light meters. Would it have killed them to wait one more ball i.e. to the end of the over, to decide about the light? What a waste of time! No wonder sides are only managing to bowl 13 overs an hour! Light meters should be banned except at the end of overs.

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posted Feb 16, 2010

Saffers were tired and exhausted from innings of Sehwag and Tendulkar on which Laxman and and Dhoni capitalised. This is what happens if fielding side stays on ground for more than a day, it starts losing focus and alertness, as drop catches proved. Pitch will turn on fourth and fith day. India will have take wickets as they have one bowler short. India should go with five bowlers in a test

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posted Feb 16, 2010

Are Indian pitches too batsman friendly?

I know that the Indians can bat (and boy can they), but in the last 3 series on Indian soil, the average score across all innings (25 of them as I have excluded 3rd innings declarations and winning 4th innings chases) has been over 400 (418). This seem a very high number.

If so, is there a reason why? (Other than good Indian batting). As a conspiracy theory advocate (and therefore often wrong) I'd say that it was a ruse to extinguish all interest in test cricket in India.

Any thoughts?

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posted Feb 16, 2010

Thanks Trosmok,

In my opinion any team wanted to be counted as worlds best needs to win on any kind of track and stop complaining when given a different pitch not suited to their batting or bowling strength. Because then Indians will complain how come OZ abnd SA prepare green tops when India's strength is spin bowling?

So guys no more whining about pitches to prove you are best. You are best obnly when you beat other team at their home.

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comment by MANIK (U14342125)

posted Feb 16, 2010

well its cricket and that is it all about. A mental game, a fitness test, a sport, a five day war,
Admit India is No. one.
OZs and saffers do this a lot and dont take loss in pride.
i advocate a north hemisphere and south hemisphere cup,like Ryders Cup in golf, Europe and USA.
Get the American Continent north and south
also in this. Then see who cribs then

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posted Feb 16, 2010

If so, is there a reason why? (Other than good Indian batting). As a conspiracy theory advocate (and therefore often wrong) I'd say that it was a ruse to extinguish all interest in test cricket in India.

Any thoughts?

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No in India they love seeing people (eg sachin) bat. They would probably prefer a huge score by India with many centuries and a draw compared to a low scoring game where either team could win. So I doubt it's a conspiracy to kill Test cricket.

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posted Feb 16, 2010

S.A bowling is terribly inconsistent..i think that is their real undoing.I know that Makhaya Ntini stugled for form and was dropped, very quickly so, but the lads in attack now can make you think they are word Class today, but the nxt day are very wayward.S.A need very good spin options, they do not have them at the moment.

A faily more consistent bowler like Bollinger wld really make a difference.

I dont see them winning/drawing this one, too many of the good India players have showed up, and when they do, they usually win, unless if it is Australia, and no S,A is not the poor man's Australia even.

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comment by Rish (U14341565)

posted Feb 16, 2010

this forum is truly biased and inconsistent. Ive noticed that whenever there SA play well its immediately on the front page.
However it took bbc a while to even mention anything about India's tremendous innings. Truly understated. How often do you see 4 batsment get centuries in an innings?

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posted Feb 16, 2010

I was expecting better fielding than displayed by SA. Probably catches missed by SA gave an opportunity to India to register such massive score. But that is what cricket is about. When bowlers fail to take wickets, you blame them and fail to give credit to batsmen or vice versa. I thought SA bowlers bowled prety well but India's batting dominated the bowling attack. Now, only bad weather can rescue SA. But with two days to go, India have got tight grip on the result, a win. <applause>

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posted Feb 16, 2010

One can not stop but Respecting Australians as comparing to saffers, and English, because Unlike Australians, Saffers, and English, but more so English, always complaining about the pitches.... Australians just come in, and recognize that Pitches are unlike Australians, and just go about their business in conquering the environment. Australians main batters average 60 in Australia and 15 runs less than that away from home.. Hardly anyone calls them In-House bullies... Indians averages almost identical in Home, and Away conditions in top 6... Yet, big mouth English never stop abusing their oxford dictionary, and keep on repeating same mantra about flat pitches and all that... Most of Indians play on street, and grounds they burn up in summers. What the hell is green pitch, why not just then play on grass, instead...

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