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Wake-up India, the Test Series with SA is upon you!

Just one day to go for a test series that is supposed to decide who would hold on to test cricket ranking of number one and strangely, there is not much commotion in the usually, over-active India media. For some strange reason, the arrival of the SA team in India, their subsequent practice match and the lead-up to the first test match in Nagpur has had a sleepy feel to it. For me, it is extremely difficult to decipher the exact reason considering that even the Indo-Bangladesh series was talked about, even before it began! My gut feeling is that this could hurt the Indian team since the batsmen in particular are known to get a bit over-insulated if the opposition doesn’t make the expected noise. Could it be that Graeme Smith has planned this move? I seriously wish someone from the Indian camp makes some statements about the fact that the Proteas are here without a regular coach—I mean someone who has been earmarked for being fired in the very near future…tsk, tsk, when will the Indian team learn to play ‘dem mind games??!!

4 comments:

  1. I am not sure about Graeme Smith having planned this but yes, u are right about the Indian team's habit to take things a bit too easy if the opposition is not pricking them..any word on the team composition? I mean does Dhoni even have two genuine spinners to consider? Kumble still looks better than Mishra, Bhajji and Ojha put together.

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  2. Looking by the way first two, south african wickets fell on first morning of nagpur test, it looks like it is south africans who are a bit sleepy. on more thing...saw Bhajji bowl some overs in just a few hrs back...he looks totally listless, as if he is playing under tremendous pressure or trying to win a world cup by himself for his nation, is he?? well, if he is not, then there is no reason for such abysmal bowling from a supposed world-class spinner.

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  3. Seriously boring first day at nagpur. I still don't know why Sehewag does not bowl more regularly. I agree with ur analysis about Bhajji. He is out of form and has been for almos a year now but the team just cannot think beyond him. He is not even half way there when compared to someone like a Kumble.

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  4. Yeah, u were right about the Indian team being asleep. How else u explain that on a pitch where a score of about 600+ was scored so easily, their batsmen have been unable to reach double figures. Yes, STeyn did bowl beautifully but some of the strokes or the lack of defence I should say was shocking...

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