Thats what the team members say… but to say that I was calm, while watching the final moments of the match would be a lie… I was like a cat on a hot tin roof, muting the sound at the end of each over, a silly superstition I have, I think that way we do well… 😐
The amount of time that Laxman has while playing is phenomenal, the ease with which he batted actually was unbelievable, Sachin went and so we thought India might, but then the unsung hero stood there calmly… Dhoni ran out… and Laxman, but watched, so went Bhajji but still stood VVS !!!!!
Ishant buckled his chin and decided to take a leaf out of VVS’ book… both batted calmly, risk free and were cruising, Laxman was particularly brilliant during this time and some of the shots were so beautiful you cannot quite imagine that the guy was playing under such huge pressure, but then, Ian Gould erred… and India were surely cursing themselves for not using the UDRS.
Sport can be cruel, but for a change, the God’s smiled and Ojha who was plumb out, wasn’t given, the icing on the cake was that while Ojha was wandering out of the crease, the usually accurate Australians missed and gave away 4 and the rest as they say is history !!!!!
What amazes me is that VVS has played two back to back matchwinning Innings on the last day of a Test match. This is Australia and invariably Laxman preserves his best for them !! It was heartening to see Ishant get behind the line of the ball and gutsying it out.
Ponting will have to wait for his first victory in India, but to be fair, the Australians fought and fought very hard. Unfortunately for them they were on the wrong side.
Test Matches are not the real contest for nothing, this match just tells you that no T-20 or ODI can ever match the frenzy of the last one hour today. The scenes when Ojha ran the last two runs were unbelievable… 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
I am sure, Australia will be keen to offer VVS an Australian nationality !!! This is one Indian, I am sure they want to be on their SIDE !!!!!
Lets not debate who is the biggest match winner for India, lets just gloat over the fact that the team fought and the team won !!!! Lets not forget the bowlers who set the match up for us. Lets not forget the first innings and yes we will most remember VVS’ calm, composed innings.
Finally I can sleep with peace.. actually I just cannot help but feel all elated today, the world just looks so much better today.. ! Cant wait for the next match in Bengaluru !!!!!!!! 😛 😛 😛 😛
P.S. – The biggest joy of the day came, when the calmest of all, VVS, shouted at Ojha and even threatened to hit him with the BAT !!!!!!!!! The scene was the the best !!!!!
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