Part 5 Direct Video Link
Watch Day 5 highlights – West Indies vs India – the 3rd Test played on July 10, 2011 in Dominica
Scoreline: West Indies (2nd Inn) 322 all out – Chanderpaul 116 no (343), Fidel Edwards 30 (106) | Harbhajan 4/75 (42)
India 94/3 (target 180) – Vijay 45, Dravid 34 no | Rampaul 2/31
Match Drawn – India win the series 1-0
Met someone this morning and he was like, “Why couldn’t those **** chase it down?” For a start, an opinion like that discredits the time eaten/efforts by Chanderpaul and Fidel Edwards, and the initial bowling by Fidel and Rampaul. Next, it ignores the failed attempt with the left-handed Raina to counter Bishoo bowling into the rough and onto a right-hander’s pads. Thirdly, it’s a statement heavily influenced by Sehwag and limited over cricket. And finally and most importantly, it’s loaded with aspirations and expectations that are a little too heavy for the Indian team (yet).
Developments in a team that’s on the improve don’t happen in leaps. They’re step by step. Cue memories of Indian teams over the last decade or so messing up low scoring chases outside the subcontinent (Zimbabwe, and I think there was one more in the West Indies). Which is why I think the broader thinking of the current Indian team would probably be more along the lines of – let’s first get those series wins outside the subcontinent before even aspiring for 2-0/3-0 wins.
Finally, a short bit on the studio discussion during the lunch interval yesterday. With Chanderpaul and Edwards blocking out the Indian bowlers, that undisputed pantheon of human understanding – Tony Greig – had this to say about the situation. No, it wasn’t about how well they’d batted or the averageness of the bowling. The situation was apparently the result of 1) 20/20 cricket and 2) wealth.His first point was about the win-some-lose-some aspect of 20/20 cricket rubbing off on the Indians and they therefore not being particularly pumped about winning this test. An ok point when in a charitable mood. But it was the next one which really proved why he’s the Nietzsche of the cricketing world – “(paraphrased) – Some of these players are so wealthy, they don’t seem motivated enough. Maybe we should increase the prize money“.