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Team India reaps the Common Wealth at Mohali

They say, Test cricket is the ultimate test of a cricketer. That’s where one gets grilled in temperament, skills, guts and attitude.

They said it right.

As Pragyan Ojha survived a leg-before appeal and a run-out chance which resulted in 4 overthrows, India won the first Test curving through a hair-pin bend and with a hair separating the winners and the losers. Mohali proved to be the ultimate stage for cricket as the first Test left the viewers breathless and perhaps ate nails for lunch. But eventually we left with a contented heart which left saying, India shining!

It was another kind of Common Wealth that Team India reaped at Mohali. The combined effort of the bowlers in both the innings, the batsmen in the first and the daring attitude of the Ishant, Laxman showed India the way. The common wealth of team effort, truly reached its peak today at Mohali.

They say, Test cricket is the ultimate test of a cricketer. That’s where one gets grilled in temperament, skills, guts and attitude.

They said it right.

As Pragyan Ojha survived a leg-before appeal and a run-out chance which resulted in 4 overthrows, India won the first Test curving through a hair-pin bend and with a hair separating the winners and the losers. Mohali proved to be the ultimate stage for cricket as the first Test left the viewers breathless and perhaps ate nails for lunch. But eventually we left with a contented heart which left saying, India shining!

It was another kind of Common Wealth that Team India reaped at Mohali. The combined effort of the bowlers in both the innings, the batsmen in the first and the daring attitude of the Ishant, Laxman showed India the way. The common wealth of team effort, truly reached its peak today at Mohali.

When the chips were down and the whole of Australia was rejoicing at the impending victory over India in India, three cricketers formed a pack to bail out Team India in one of the most fascination Test matches ever.

One injured on his right knee, another picked up a back injury and the last, although scored a duck while his chance came in India’s chase of 216, came in as a runner.

Down at 124/8 the United Colours of team India glared the most on Day 5, as Ishant Sharma, a Very Very Special Laxman and Suresh Raina, crafted a partnership worth in Platinum.

Wondering why Raina was crucial in the partnership? Especially after the confusion Raina created resulting in the run-out of skipper Dhoni when India needed him the most. Well the answer lies in the fact of Raina’s thrifty legs, converting the single to two’s at crucial junctures and giving much valuable solidarity as an accomplished batsman to Laxman. The latter needed it as carrying on a partnership with a tailender sometimes becomes a frustrating exercise. And frustration setting in could have been the biggest threat to India’s chances in the Test – if anybody saw any, especially after Sachin’s fall. That wicket was thought to be a death knell delivered by Australia. Ricky Ponting dreams of winning a test series in India was suddenly becoming a reality.

But little did he know, Laxman was dreaming bigger. This lion hearted Hyderbadi is a typical 5-day player, absolutely composed, temperament of a high-flying eagle and the assurances of all-covered life insurance scheme. His calming effect covered Ishant too. His 92 ball stay for 31 runs out of the 81 runs partnership was based on a confidence and a gutsy attitude of weathering the storm in the middle. The right knee was hurting him alright, but his willow was inflicting injuries to the Aussies. The delight fast ran out of Ponting’s face, came back momentarily when Ojha was trapped in-front but vanished again as umpire Billy Bowden turned it down.

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Wow Holmes great man!!!You always target Dravid be it tests,ODI or T20 man.:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(
Because of several guys like you Dravid is unable to get his due credits.He has always remaind as the SELFLESS PLAYER WHO GETS UNNOTICED.
maddydravid on 07 Oct 2010, 04:50 AM
jst briliant! wht comes in VVS when he faces the Aus. never imagined any batsman would be scoring 73 of 79 in a almost lost match with a taildender at the other end. super delightful! its more matches like these that will save test cricket in the world. N if i was dhoni or Gary, i wud play VVS at 3 for next test. Y watse this awesome inform batsman who could dominate the attack be left so behind to bat!
Tejas-Gholba on 06 Oct 2010, 05:07 AM
And yeah ojha's decision was wrong he survived but ishant wasn't out either so tht evens things out :) Yeah too happy was in tears of happiness for the first time watchin a test game of such high skill and high level......really nothing matches test cricket
PrinceDravid on 06 Oct 2010, 03:56 AM
Wht a game wht a finish THrilling !!!!! nothing beyond it was nail biting till the very end ...now tht's wht Test Cricket is all abt has every ingredient in it from tension, pressure , skill, temperament, patience, etc etc goes on n on....and this game had it all ....it was a fluctuating match with sometimes ind or sometimes aus being in the commanding position but in the end it was the ranked 1 test side who crossed the final barries in supreme style........laxman really was in a zone of his own so cool composed but his reaction towards ojha durin a mix up of run was an exception ;)
but he along with Ishant who stood tall as he could provided a sublime partnership which frustrated the bowlers ...raina did well in covertin singles to doubles...so in the end laxman still stands as the biggest Nemesis to australian cricket..a LEGend and most of all it was a team event with first innings out batting doin well , bowling was amazin in both the innings fielding was lil low but overall a victory well deserved hats off to INDIA !!!!!
PrinceDravid on 06 Oct 2010, 03:53 AM
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