dravid drives... india rides...

shared by straight point on Monday, November 16, 2009

very pleasing day for india as well as rahul dravid...

from 32 for 4 to finishing 385 for 6 wickets by scoring most runs in a day... while dravid scoring 177 of those runs in a single day... a never before feat achieved by him... from that precarious situation... just goes to show what difference slight change in approach can make...

india lost first four wickets next to nothing on board... and to be honest one was bit skeptic about how dravid will approach the situation based on some of his recent innings at that point of time coz of late he appeared to be bit bogged down... seemed like a player who was holding himself back... but not today...

he came in refreshingly positive frame of mind... didn't let go loose ball just coz the situation demanded it... rotated the strike and therefore even though india lost quite a few wickets for their liking... the scoring was never a problem so much so that at one stage sangakkara appeared in doldrums whether to keep on attacking field or set a defensive one... hence his use of murli in then middle... when he could have attacked bit more with him... specially early in the innings when yuvraj came to the crease... but such was the onslaught from dravid that he kept sanga occupied... which also gave some breathing space to yuvraj and later to dhoni... who went on to score his second century and first in india...

although its easier said than done... but how i wish dravid keep this tempo not only for this match but in future games as well... that is too punish the bad balls irrespective of the situation and more importantly look to score which he showed today that he is perfectly capable of...

perfect way to celebrate 11000 runs in test cricket... by playing one of the better paced innings...

congratulations dravid!!

12 comments:

Soulberry said...

Excellent innings and there's more to come!

Som said...

Congrats. The free-flowing nature of his knock was very, very refreshing. He counter-attacked his way to bail out India.

Nathan said...

Ahh!

My optimisim was well placed it seems!

I must be honest though, I wasn't expecting it from Dravid; when he was touring Australia last I can recall, my thoughts were always "you are a batsman, either decide to score runs or decide to get off the pitch".

But I gotta say, I like this side of him!

straight point said...

yes sb... hope this is not the case of he surprising himself...

straight point said...

that was some counter-attack som... sanga never expected it coming from dravid which was the best part...

straight point said...

indeed nathan...

of late the feeling was same as you have aptly said... but if this is any indication we might have more such innings coming from him...

Nathan said...

Guess Dravid didn't get his morning coffee, but no matter. Very good score! Tail perhaps could have wagged a little harder but all in all a competitive score, I think.

I am looking forward to Dravid's second innings.

straight point said...

yes nathan... bhajji should have showed more faith in mishra... who is decent lower order bat... anyways the match is still largely open and if sri lanka can score as close as possible to indian score (if not overhaul it) then we certainly have match on our hand coz there is still quite time left...

yes looking fwd to dravid's second innings...

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Nathan said...

Actually, if Sharma and Khan don't pick it up this could be a lot of trouble, they're looking dull out there.

... ha, and then Sharma picks of Paranavitana to prove me wrong

straight point said...

welcome n2 and thanks for the links... :)

straight point said...

the bowlers have to be patient on this wicket and should stick to bowling wicket to wicket...

the pitch still has some bounce and have already developed some rough patches... lets see how our spin bowlers bowl on this wicket...

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