Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Celebrating India's series win against Bangladesh

Well i am not a hard-cire cricket fan, but i do ocassionally catch Test matches; One-dayers i am a regular viewer. It just took 4 balls to win the 2nd Test match against Bangladesh to win the 2 match series. This second match will be historic for many reasons.

1) Rahul Dravid "The Wall" of Indian Cricket scored a Century and thus making him the only player to have scored 100 runs over every Test playing nation. He also played his 83rd match against Bangladesh without missing a single Test match since he has joined the National team. Those are quite good achivements for a person who has been a team-player, tempermental and modest player. He has been the sole savior at times for Indian cricket during Tests, so that's why he gets a title called "The Wall".

2) Sachin Tendulkar i guess you don't need any introduction to this little "Mastero". He will also remember this test match as he equalled the highest number of centuries scored, which was previously held by Sunil Gavaskar. So both of them share the record for scoring 34 Centuries, it won't be long for Sachin to score another Century in a Test match. It will be tough for any batsmen in the future to break any of the records created by Sachin. Way to go Sachin.

3) Anil Kumble has been playing for the National team for more than a decade now. He is a man who goes by principles (who unlike others doesn't endorse products from cola giants), humble and a qualified Engineer. The leg-spinner surpasses the mark of Kapil Dev's 434 to become the highest wicket taker among Indian bowlers. I also hppened to read somewhere that he has taken 74 wickets in 12 Tests during this season of 2004. The best Leg-spinner ever(Shane Warne) is at No. 2 position for this year with 64 wickets till now.

4) Irfan Pathan the young pace bowler got his frist 5 wicket haul against Bangladesh. He also won his first Man-of-the-Series award for taking 18 wickets.

I hope they repeat this kind of victory against some of the best in the game too.

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