Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Random Cricket post..

Ah, what a wonderful series it was. Glad we managed to hold on to our Test Series victory. If u ask me, NZ surely is one of the best places for us Indians to tour. Not only is it the most beautiful country in the world (probably), the kiwis are also noticably gentler and cooler than say the Aussies, Englishmen or even the South Africans. I was pretty impressed with Ryder and Taylor and the overall approach of the kiwis. They don't have superstars in their lineup anymore (a la Chris Cairns, Martin Crowe, Hadlee) but they do have plenty of heart and their performance shows it. To come back from a thrashing in the very first test and hold their nerves for the remaining 2 against a team that's riding on a wave of rich form is no easy task. As a team, they can only get better.
And as for the Indian side, we had a terrible tour last time, one of worst i'd ever seen. This is perhaps our most flamboyant batting lineup in years but it's really too early to compare with the classy Aussie lineup of the late 90's/early 2k. We shld really tour these parts once every coupla years or so. Just the sight of the greenery bordering the playing field, in stark contrast to the howling crowds (in our native parts back in India) makes one wish this is where cricket should always be played.
What sucks though is the time difference. Back in India (more specifically Calcutta/Kolkata where i come from), live broadcast starts at 3:15am!! So even though i'm wired up to wake up on the dot, it's generally a combination sleep and action on the screen thereafter...

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