20 October, 2020

The Shocked & The Aussome

For Ponting, it was a defining moment. A 140 in a World Cup match is always special, the final makes it more so.

The Shocked & The Aussome
The Australians came to South Africa as the team to beat. They leave undefeated, with a record of 17 straight wins and two straight World Cup titles. This team has a strong will to win, no matter what, and this World Cup did throw them some stiff challenges. There was the Shane Warne controversy, the innumerable injuries and three games at a venue, Port Elizabeth, that just did not suit them. However, they are the side that had the best depth in batting and the most variety and aggression in bowling. Without doubt, the best all-round team.

The debate on whether Saurav Ganguly did the right thing putting the Aussies in to bat will go on for months in India. I will back the Indian captain on this one. There had been overnight rain and there was sideways movement for the bowlers. Unfortunately, the seamers who had served so well right through were wanting on the day. The occasion got to Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra, but I was disappointed to see an old warhorse like Javagal Srinath also lose nerve. The Indians bowled on both sides of the wicket, dished out no-balls and wides...


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