What I learned from the Hyderabad Test

  • MS Dhoni’s improved luck with winning the toss continues.
  • Sehwag ‘s role in the Test team has been modified to be a pinch hitter at the top, and to take the occasional sharp catch, which he can boast about to the press after the game.

  • Tendulkar’s strike rate in the only innings indicated that he was trying his best to ensure that the Indian team did not miss Dravid’s absence.

“…but, how did you know??”

  • Raina has devised a new solution to deal with his perceived weakness against short balls: – Get out to spinners.
  • Pujara is bringing ‘Che’ back in to pop culture.

  • Ravi Ashwin has been working extra hard on his fitness, apparently. When he bent down to take a sharp catch from Jeetan Patel’s blade in the first innings, the surprised expressions on the faces of his team-mates was something to behold.

  • Umesh Yadav and Zaheer Khan duly made up the numbers as they pretty much had to take the shine off the new ball and hand it over to the spinners.
  • Oh, and apparently all the New Zealand batsmen have been watching the ‘Learn to bat like Chris Martin’ DVD.

Nobody does ‘bowled’ like Chris Martin

2 comments

  1. You missed something – Ross Taylor continues to be a failure by example, with the bat and in the field! He just doesn’t have those hands to be fielding at first slip, and because he’s captain and he can do whatever he wants, he continues to be at first slip. And well done India!🙂

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