Monday, December 15, 2008

Finally England Gets Deceived

I wonder as to what would have been going on in the minds of the England captain Kevin Pietersen, after losing the first test at Chennai to India. Kevin Pietersen would have had some great plans to rejoice the victory against India, once the first innings of both the teams was over, and he had declared the innings, imposing the mammoth total of 387. But, finally...I wonder as to how could have Kevin Pietersen even dreamt of that! I wish he has to pinch himself and say that it is India whom his team is facing and that too at home. Not a team like Bangladesh or West Indies. And I'm sure that he'll convince himself regarding the same.

Of course..England did take a good first innings lead. But, was it India who conceded a lead to England or whether it was England who took the lead? The answers are right here. What sort of a captain is Kevin Pietersen for have underestimated a team like India? Is he a real professional? I wish Kevin Pietersen had taken some tips before dreaming from his fellow team mates namely Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison, who have had the punch from the fists of the Indian batsmen. If one still thinks that England did have an upper hand in the test, I wish one goes and takes a look at the run rate of both the teams in their innings.

While India have had their run rate close to four in both the innings, England's run rate was somewhere below 3.0 runs per over. In the sense, England did the same what Ponting's men did on their tour to the same a few months back. Isn't this just lack of proper game planning? England should have, by now got the answers for their stupidity, when they were not able to defend a mammoth total of 379, with only a day's play left. It is just foolish to expect for England to be able to do what even Australia couldn't do.

Despite being given such a easy chance to break through, England couldn't make much of the same. Had England been really determined, they would have taken up this opportunity with both hands and put India in trouble what-so-ever. Despite a first innings lead and imposing such a stiff target, all England could do was just be a mute spectator to the shots hit with guts and glory by Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh. And not to forget Harbhajan Singh in the first innings where he scored 40 along with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who scored 53. Now, I think one can surely term England to be real underdogs when they couldn't take control, despite being given a golden opportunity.

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