Australia came to India in 2008 with a strong bowling outfit but a weak bowling attack. Unfortunately for skipper Ricky Ponting, his batters did as poorly as the bowlers, as a result of which India got home to a comfortable 2-0 win.
The 1999/2000 series in Australia was a disastrous tour for the Indians. Led by Sachin Tendulkar, they lost all the three Tests without putting up much of a fight. India’s inability to cope with conditions abroad came to the fore again.
Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara has become the latest entrant of the 10000-run club in Tests. And while that is a massive feat in itself it is somewhat unfair that he isn’t considered amongst the best players of his generation in spite of maintaining a consistency on par with the other modern greats of the game.
Ricky Ponting’s decision to retire after the end of the Perth Test has set tongues wagging as to whether Sachin Tendulkar would also follow suit. After all, both have been having an equally poor run in international cricket for a couple of seasons now.
It was his pull shot that most amazed. He would be in position so early that you could reasonably wonder if he had powers of precognition, like he knew exactly where the ball would land and that the pull shot was the best response.