SehWAAHg and Rampant Karnataka
Sehwag’s quote after a stupendous knock of 293:
“In the dressing room they told me I was hitting the good balls too, but if you look at it my way I hit only the bad ones.”
Well, when ones philosophy of cricket and may be life as well is “You see the ball and You hit the ball” everything seems simple. The only batsmen I won’t regret for when he gets out on 290s is Virendra Sehwag :-) because I know he will get there again and again to break many more records.
Speaking of records the Karnataka Ranji team seems well on it’s a way to etch out a few on their own. The way they have been rampant this season they sure seem to be on the path to the good old Glory days of late 90s. Manish Pandey struck a superb century (110) whereas Robin Uthappa returned to form with solid half-century (58). The rest of the damage was done by some lethal pace bowling to skittle out the opposition twice and earning Karnataka a superb innings victory and thereby becoming the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals of this Ranji season. Vinay Kumar continued his red hot form by bagging 6 wickets and was ably supported by Abhbimanu Mithun who too took 6 wickets and S Araving who scalped 4. Elsewhere Virat Kohli became the youngest man to Captain Delhi and he celebrated it with a match winning knock of 88* in second innings. Praveen Kumar made his presence known in his 2nd match of the season with a sensational 5-fer but it wasn’t enough as UP conceded first innings lead to Maharashtra. Even as M Vijay seems to have leapfrogged Wasim Jaffer as India’s reserve opener, Jaffer seems unperturbed as he scored an unbeaten ton (107*) against a hapless Hyderabad side.
In England vs SA one day series 2 matches were washed out handing England a series win of 2-1. Dale Steyn, Mark Boucher and Kevin Pietersen will be seen in action in the upcoming Test series with Jacques Kallis still injured and a doubtful starter for the series. Elsewhere, Dillon du Preez picked up 5 wickets playing for Eagles vs Cape Cobras in SA domestic circuit.
International Round Up
India cruised to a superlative victory over the Lankans, thereby clinching the Numero Uno position in Tests, with Rahul Dravid notching up a serene 74 (147) in India's mammoth 1st innigs total of 726. I felt Dravid's impact over the whole series was deserving of a man of the series award but as has been his luck some one else stole the limelight away with some flashy knocks. This is not to dis-respect the contribution of Sehwag but just imagine the state of the series had Dravid not played that fabulous knock of 177 in the first test.
Ross Taylor was once again the center piece of New Zealand's test match against Pakistan as he scored 30 and 97 in the two innings. He is the prized wicket for Pakistan this series as all other batsmen fall like a pack of cards. With the third test coming up NZ can just hope and pray that others stick around Rossy so that he can a notch a big one.
Special mention of Ajinkya Rahane as the prolific run scorer of last season returned to form with an unbeaten double century (265*) against Hyderabad. Here is a list of top 5 wicket takers and run getters of Ranji so far this season: