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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Great win at Eden retained the Number One ranking of Team India

Another Five wicket haul by Harbhajan Singh at Eden in 2nd innings has allowed India to retain their number one position in test cricket it was enthralling and hard fought test match and also played on beautiful wicket.

It is also important that India won this match with 3 bowlers as Zaheer got injured yesterday and couldn’t take the field today. Superb performance by batters put India in commanding position and they won it by innings. Umpiring was really good in this series barring one decision of Ashwell Prince in 1st Test at Nagpur.

This win is also special because it was not played on the turning track which rarely happens in India. Lot said about pitch at the start of the match but it turned out be fantastic wicket and curator must be appreciated for this and I think if we prepare pitches like this in our domestic matches than we will have more chances of winning abroad as well.

Amla must be appreciated for showing grit and determination throughout the series which was evident from the fact that he was dismissed just once in the series, amazing concentration and skill displayed by this Indian origin South African batsman. He was the alone batsman from Proteas side who fought till the last hour and I must salute him for his spirit.

I think what went in the India’s favour in this test was the combined effort of the entire team and not the one or two players. Sachin, Sehwag, Dhoni & VVS Laxman batted really well and we also dropped less catches than proteas. On the bowling front Ishant gave the break through when it mattered the most and Mishra did very well by picking 3 crucial wickets of Smith. Kallis and A.B Divillier.

All in all great performance by team India and they did it.

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