Indian bowling, ragged in 1st Test, is back with vengeance since the second. That guy in turban is not doing too badly © Getty Images
Indian bowling, ragged in 1st Test, is back with vengeance since the second.
That guy in turban is not doing too badly © Getty Images

 

By Angshuman Hazra

 

“This looks so familiar….

 

India plays the best Test opposition available on earth.

 

– At close of third day of 3rd Test little separates the two teams; all three results are possible @ 33.33% each in the Test, and in the series too.

 

– Laxman has won the 2nd Test, scoring more runs than one of the opponent’s innings. Zaheer Khan joins the playing 11 in the same 2nd Test.

 

– Indian bowling, ragged in 1st Test, is back with vengeance since the second. That guy in turban is not doing too badly.

 

….This must be Chennai Test, March 2001… what’s wrong with all the clocks??”

 

“Are you demented? Zaheer Khan took three wickets in the very first innings he bowled in the current series. That was Zak’s series tally against Australia in 2001, same as that of Tendulkar the bowler. Oh yes – the latter scored his 25th ton in that match, not the 51st. The opponent is South Africa, not Oz. And we are playing in the opponent’s backyard, nor ours.”
“Maybe…how am I supposed to know? I came out today after serving a near-decade sentence in a high-security prison and found so little has changed…Tell me, what is India’s position in world Cricket now – must be the same as then, six or seven? And who is that new keeper behind the stumps for India – another delayed debutant like Samir Dighe? I tell you he can come in real handy intense final moments of the match…”

 

(Angshuman Hazra is a regular-turned-intermittent cricket blogger from the engineering profession. He loves to dwell between the little intriguing scripts revealed in passages of play and the amazingly unexpected stats thrown up by cricket from time to time. Once harbouring a dream of opening the bowling in whites for India, he still believes he can qualify for his department squad in office with a player pool of 13″)