25 October, 2020

Spin Voodoo Land

We had a 1-0 lead in 2001 too, but can India reverse the situation this time round?

Spin Voodoo Land
Bangalore was once again a happy hunting ground for us as we went 1-0 ahead in the four-Test TVS Cup series. I watched a fair bit of the game on television and it felt very different and quite disappointing to be so many miles away. However, I spoke to most of the guys while they were celebrating after the game in the changing rooms. It was also great to hear them sing the team song—our traditional way of celebrating a win—over the telephone, but I would much rather have been there.

Tosses are important in India because the wicket is generally at its best for batting on the first day, after which deterioration sets in rapidly. One would not want to be chasing a mammoth target while staring at large dusty cracks on the surface, so it is good that Gilly got lucky with the toss at Chennai as well— though, I grant, the luck seemed to evaporate all too fast in that humid Chepauk haze on the first day. Bangalore, howe-ver, stays in our bag. Michael Clarke and Gilly did the job for us there,...


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