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    November 06, 2006

    Missed opportunities

    Risque as it may sound, the one lesson that each and every team which played against Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy needs to learn is
    When you've got Australia by the b@lls, you hold on!
    England were 83/0 in 18 overs and I'm fairly sure Ponting was thinking about where a breakthrough was going to pop up from. Then Bell charged Watson and was caught at cover. India, after losing Tendulkar cheaply, were 120/2 in 27-odd overs. They should have got 275 at least. New Zealand had Australia at 4/2 in the 3rd over, and couldn't finish the job.

    Yesterday, Ponting was probably on the verge of throwing in the towel when Gayle and Chanderpaul put on nearly 50 in 5 overs. Then, Chanderpaul got out. Sarwan then followed as did Gayle and finally Lara. In a matter of 7-8 overs, the game turned.

    Does anyone have a clue about why Shane Watson (2/11 - Samuels & Baugh and 57 chasing 116) got the 'Player of the Match' award and not Nathan Bracken (3/22 - Chanderpaul, Gayle and Sarwan)? I realize Gayle was one of the stars of the tournament, but I think Damien Martyn, much as I dislike him [while Ganesh is an admirer], should have been the 'Player of the Series'. He played a significant, if understated, part in Australia's wins.

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    even i thought it should have been bracken (mom) and my man martyn (mos/mot).

    everyone keeps talking about 3 100s by gayle when they shud be talking of only 2, as the first one was *NOT* part of iccct and it belonged to qualifying for iccct.

    By Blogger Ganesh (06-Nov-2006, 11:45:00 AM)  

    What's even more farcical is that Upul Tharanga was #2 in the Player of the Series rankings. He makes 100s against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and 94 in 3 knocks against Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa ... and he's higher ranked than Marto!

    By Blogger Jagadish (07-Nov-2006, 12:58:00 AM)  

    gayle was in good form. his 3 centuries definitely put him above the rest.

    why martyn?

    By Anonymous Anonymous (07-Nov-2006, 10:12:00 AM)  

    Omar: Marto for 73 v Ind, 78 v Eng, and 47 in the final. He didn't exactly flop in the other games too. He certainly had a higher impact on the tournament than Tharanga, you'll agree. As for a toss up between Marto and Gayle, tough on Gayle, especially considering he contributed with his bowling too. But really man of the match/series awards should be on the basis of who won, unless there was no single effort from the winning side or a heroic effort from the losing side. Which is why Tendulkar being named man of the series in Australia (1999/2000) is baffling. People would query him being named player of the series in the 2003 WC too, but that was decided _before_ the final, and he was a couple of notches above everyone, including other competitors like Ponting, Lee, McGrath, etc.

    By Blogger Jagadish (07-Nov-2006, 7:27:00 PM)  

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