Sehwag feels so, and probably the experts of the game do the same. But I don't agree. We all know that Gambhir played a wonderful innings of about 11 hours in Napier, but I feel that it is too early to give him the status of the second wall. Rahul Dravid has played several match-winning knocks and match-saving knocks, and that is why he is called the 'Wall'. But on the other hand, Gambhir has played only one or two such knocks(97 against England and 137 against NewZealand), so how can you call him the second wall?
I also made comparison between Dravid and Gambhir and found that Dravid features twice in the longest innings by an Indian chart, while Gambhir is at a lower position in comparison to Dravid.
Maybe Gambhir will prove me wrong, and stick to his status of the 'Wall'. But for that he needs more such opportunities, which this current Indian team is unwilling to give.
After reading this perhaps you would agree with me, till then let's wish Gambhir luck for the Indian Premier League 2.
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Sunday, April 12, 2009 | 1 Huge Hits
No, its not the Champions League T20 but it is something equally special and unique!
Our own Rajasthan Royals will be starting of their ‘African Safari’ by playing a best of two match series Against South African giants ‘Nashua Cape Cobras’.
In a what they call ‘Strategic Partnership’, the Royals play the Standard Bank Pro20 Champions on the 11th and the 12th of April at The Newlands in Cape Town.
The Cobras have lots of international players in their side Like JP Duminy, Gibbs, Greame Smith and Charl Langerveldt and they are captained by domestic veteran Justin Ontong. But most of the international stars may have to forgo the matches because of their international duties, whereas the same cannot be said about their Royal counterparts.
This series is being seen as a curtain raiser for the IPL and its almost certain that it is going to be a hair raising encounter!!!!!
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Wednesday, April 08, 2009 | 1 Huge Hits
What a shame for the top order and what a game going on! A result is foreseen this time around. I would rather like India to go for a win than slowing down things and playing just for a draw. India's 1st innings is almost over other than (if)the last partnership between Ishant and Munaf can take the score to 450+ runs, it would be a merry and a cherry on the the cake served(I mean the efforts) by MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and SRT. Congrats to Ian O'Brien for taking his 50 wickets. He continues to show a fine package of disciplined line and length bowling mixed with some fine pace.
From India's perspective what really hurt me the most was the middle order slump just after the Tea. But it's good to see MSD back in the side and why not? He has shown his worth by scoring a half century. Bhajji has again showed that he can bat and mat his counterparts. And as the cricinfo.com commentators said, Vettori would really be hopping madly back in the dressing room after failing to stop the Indian tail wag and score runs heavily. Definitely, the Kiwis have underestimated Harbhajan and Co.
A few records were tumbled down on this day and another one which is regarding this blog is that Crick-O marks it's 100th post with this one adding to the total.
Now moving forward to expectations from India for Day 2 all I can say is 'reverse swing'. That's it. Chilly, windy conditions are perfect for the Indian seamers to get the bowl to swing and once again prove their mettle after being hammered in the 2nd test. But again, DON'T Underestimate Harbhajan Singh.
While many of the Indian supporters would be wanting to see the 100th test win for India, it would be too early to say anything, at least after looking the mauling Indian bowlers received in Napier.
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