Thursday, October 23, 2008

India's historic win over Australia

AS Ricky Ponting watched the worst defeat of his captaincy unfold from the dressing room, Mahendra Singh Dhoni nudged Rahul Dravid at first slip and told him to take a good, long look at the scoreboard; he had never seen an Australian team dominated like this.

Dhoni, the bold, young leader in whose image this 320-run thumping was cast, was not prepared to declare Australia's reign over, not yet.

But while India marches with a 1-0 series lead to fortress New Delhi, where the home team has won its past seven Tests, all Australia has is a bundle of problems, including a misfiring strike bowler in charge of an inexperienced attack, a once-dominant but out-of-sorts opening batsman and a serious issue with reverse swing.

Harbhajan Singh took five wickets in the match to leave himself one short of becoming the third Indian bowler to claim 300 test wickets. Sachin Tendulkar claimed the world record for most test runs and Saurav Ganguly struck 102 in his farewell series to help India amass 469 in their first innings.

This win has to be one of India's msot famous wins and will be always remembered for
the dominance of the Indian Team against the mighty Australians.

1 comment:

phoenix said...

what a win it was! man! i just hope that India retains their form... what with the Aussies starting their mind games again... sore losers thats what they are... and shame of Gilchrist... thought he was such a dignified sportsman....