Grapes turning sour?
Look who is blaming the weather
for their team's shortcomings! I can understand Jagadish's frustration at today's result, it is always frustrating to lose, I know, but you can't really blame the weather or D/L for India's own
mistakes! Yes, their own mistakes
. Like bowling crap, and not batting well enough at the death.
Of course, the series could have been scheduled at a better time, I've been saying all along that you shouldn't be playing at all at this time of the year. But then, you can't change the schedule mid way through a series, can you? Now that India are here, they might as well get used to the bad light and the weather and get on with it. Like Pakistan have.
And on Duckworth and Lewis, again, I'm not saying I liked the game to finish in this way, I would preferred to have Younis Khan hitting the winning runs of the 49th over, so at least, in that case, a bit of credit would have come Pakistan's way for earning the win, rather then present whinge of India having been robed of a win that I'm hearing.
But do we really know a better way of deriving results for matches affected by rain/bad light/whatever? I'm sure there is no reason why Jagadish wouldn't want to share any alternatives with all of us if he did.
You can't also argue with the umpires either for offering us light when they did. Or against our batsman taking it. In the last over before they went of, Younis and Rana missed half the balls simply because it was too dark to see anything. And it really was that dark, if this was a test match the players would have gone off much earlier.
Asad Rauf and Simon Taufel for my money did they best they could in the conditions, and India given they had the knowledge the game could have been decided on Duckworth Lewis, should have taken more care. Perhaps if Agarkar, Zaheer, Karthick and co. had bowled half as much of rubbish as they bowled, or if India hadn't collapsed following Sachin's dismissal, the result could have been different.
Blaming the weather, Duckworth Lewis or anything at all expect the players for 'robbing' a win from India, I'm afraid, this will always come across as a case of sour grapes to opposition fans.