India wins Kanpur test in style

Finally after following Indian SA test series every night (PST), I got something to cheer about which will make my time worth it. Kudos to Team India, the stand-in captain MS Dhoni and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly for bringing cheers among Indian fans all over the world by wrapping up the third test inside three days, the crafty spinners being the architects of the win.

As I mentioned in my previous entry, spin is always going to be India's strength and the South Africans should be grateful to the curators of the first two tests (not taking any credit from their performance in this series though). The way in which wickets fell like ninepins yesterday was a treat to watch and after a long time one could witness classical Indian spin bowling similar to those of mid 90's where India were invincible at home.

Not sure whether Dhoni is a magician or tactician, right from the word go he puzzled both SA batsmen and Indian fans by opening the attack with Harbhajan, keeping run flow in check, bringing Ishant sharma briefly and surprising Mark Boucher, the next over replacing him again with a spinner, etc, etc, one really needs to know how his mind works, but after seeing the results its just a case of intuitive thinking towards the shortest path to victory :)

Sourav Ganguly played an innings of his lifetime and his innings is comparable to Dravid's effort in the final test in Jamaica in the Carribean series in 2006, both resulting in victories, hope the former captain brings more accolades to himself and the team in future. Harbhajan is back to his best on home soil and the way he shouldered responsibility in the absence of Anil is commendable.

In concluding, this is a hard fought series, both teams got a chance to know about their strengths and weaknesses, as mentioned by commentators about pitches in India, have green surface for domestic matches and a turning track for making Team India win!
Comments:

Classical spin? I doubt it. You should've watched Ajantha Mendis' spell against WI in the first one-day Int. That was a real classic!

Dhoni seems to be maturing rapidly with every outing and his use of Sehwag impressed me. Hope he continues be around for long.

Posted by Madhan Kumar on April 14, 2008 at 07:03 AM IST #

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