Part 3 Direct Video Link
Watch Day 4 highlights – West Indies vs India – the 1st Test from Sabina Park played on June 23, 2011
Scoreline: West Indies 262 all out (2nd Inn target 326) – Darren Bravo 41, Rampaul 34, Chanderpaul 30 | Praveen Kumar 3/42, Ishant Sharma 3/81
A cricket fan who follows the game over a lengthy period of time will keep coming across moments when obvious facts require reaffirmation. One such happened with me yesterday and involved Dravid and his relevance to his younger teammates.
For a couple of years now his almost-perfect technique has waned among other batting aspects. Even yesterday, his hundred missed the artistry of old. It’s not about the influence of the conditions because he’s batted in more difficult situations while still holding onto the artist in him.
Then there’s been the emergence of Pujara in the middle order (unlucky to not be here due to an IPL-injury); the IPL itself with its younger talents which indirectly has created a kind of mental-snigger in the general public every time players like Dravid or Laxman are involved (it might be a different format and a test match could happen a month after the IPL – but a snigger once it begins, generally remains). And finally, you have a World Cup winning team with younger players.
So yesterday, each time Dravid walked down to meet a new batsman with some advice, I was left wondering, “How do these guys look at him, or think of him now that his end’s nearing.” Very gratifying therefore to see that his team firstly thinks he belongs, and more importantly, that he’s got lots they could learn. Because the last thing you want happening with someone like Dravid is him being around a place that thinks he should just quietly leave. (If you skipped yesterday’s highlights, they’re worth watching just for this – in particular Raina – Part 1 – 03:40 onwards).
Some inevitable changes looming for West Indies. Would do well to bring Samuels into the middle-order. You add an unfettered Marlon to the chase today, and it would have had more of a probability to it.