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    January 16, 2006

    Breaks of play

    So far this test, in my opinion, the best passages of play have been when there've been none. Watching/listening to the likes of Michael Holding and Waqar Younis talk about fast bowling grips and why Pathan isn't getting as much pace as he ought to, Imran Khan on how fast bowlers need to be handled, Dean Jones on running between the wickets and Nasser Hussain on what a captain can do when faced with such a flat wicket etc. have been much more interesting than the fare doled out, except of course when the batsmen have names like Afridi and Sehwag.

    Updated thoughts: As an aside, I wonder if bowlers feel that they're better off bowling to the chap at the other end when Sehwag is in this kind of mood, scoring 200 at a strike rate of nearly 110 ... even when the chap at the other end answers to the name Rahul Dravid. My guess is that they do feel so, because at least he won't belt them around and make them look like morons. These two have now been at the crease for the same length of time and Sehwag has faced less balls than Dravid. He has more than twice Dravid's runs! He has just got his double-century with four consecutive boundaries off Rana. It is the third time he's gone past that number against Pakistan. It is the second fastest double century (182 balls).

    What is it with Inzamam getting Kaneria to bowl so often for spells of 2 overs each or so? Either he lets him settle down to a line and length [which is tough when Sehwag is in the kind of mood he has been] or he doesn't bowl him at all. Kaneria has leaked nearly 7 runs an over. I know it is highly likely he hasn't bowled his googlies. So he has held back one trump card. But it can be pretty demoralizing for a bowler to be treated the way he has been this test.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 3:24 PM |
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