19 October, 2020

Wronged 'Un

On dead pitches, we write the obituary of Indian spin. Is there an afterlife?

Wronged 'Un
Even as Venkat Sai Laxman and Aakash Chopra were hanging on out there at Mohali that day and saving the Indian team the blushes in the second Test against New Zealand, the jury was in session and pundits had begun their post-mortems. For, the truth of the matter is India never looked like winning—not even on the first day of the first Test. We went wrong from the drawing board stage itself. Indian cricket's think-tanks got it all wrong.

India has spinners who cannot spin and pacers who are wayward. We have the world's best batting line-up which can neither score quickly nor is reliable enough. We have a team that does not have a specialist wicketkeeper in either form of the game, and we have now gone on for some years without a genuine all-rounder. Just because things worked our way at the World Cup and before that beat Australia on turning tracks, we glossed over these inadequacies and soldiered on. And then came the roadblock against the Kiwis.

We blamed the curators for not providing the kind of wickets on which Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh would have spun the...


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