Monday, March 22, 2004

Dravid shines again; so does Schumi!!!

Again the old dependables came to the fore and made my day on this great Super Sunday.

First Schumi and Ferrari gave a big morale buster to the rest of the field by Schumi winning the Malaysian Grand Prix and Barrichelo coming in fourth. By winning on a track which was supposedly not so great for his car he again hpwed his quality. Hats off to him.

On to the match. Over the last few matches I have been of the view that it is the responsibility of the openers to stick till at least the 10th over. If they do make fast runs it doesn't hurt but sticking around also helps the team by wasting the efforts of the opposing lead bowlers. For eg. Sehwag might score a blistering 25 in 15 balls but he needs to be around otherwise we will reach the situation we reached today. Thanks again to the WALL and to the two youngsters, Yuvraj and Kaif for not losing their heads and playing a very composed innings. This victory is only due to their efforts. And a special thanks to our fourth batsman...the Pakistani bowlers.

Just check these stats of the top four scores of the Indian innings.

R Dravid not out 76 runs in 141 balls
M Kaif not out 71 runs in 79 balls

Extras 37 runs in 0 balls

Yuvraj Singh c Yousuf Youhana b Mohammad Sami 36runs in 44 balls.

So again, a special thank you to the Pakistani bowlers!!!

And of course one more thank you to Dravid cause...