Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Where are Bangladesh heading towards?

At the end, and much to Dhoni's fortunes India came back very harsh upon the Bangladeshi bowlers first on day 1 and then on Bangladeshi batsmen when they piled up 459 runs for the loss of 5 wickets at the end of day 2 with the Indian captain yet to declare the innings. One has to just wait and see if India are fortunate enough to secure an innings victory here against Bangladesh and see to that they don't make it to the record books for the wrong reasons. Very few teams in the world have been that unfortunate not to have had an innings win against Bangladesh throughout the series.

However, that doesn't seem so if their approach to the second test is given a close look at. If at all some sort of misfortune has to happen, it has to be in the form of whether playing spoilsport which though not take the game away from the Indians but can reduce the margin of victory. This time also, it was the decade old batsmen in Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar who made heavens for India against Bangladesh with both of them scoring centuries. The Indians scored their runs at the rate of above 4 an over which showed that they never took Bangladesh lightly.

It was really fascinating to see Rahul Dravid scoring a hundred no matter that it came against a weak opposition in Bangladesh. This feat of Dravid once again reminded his fans not to give up hopes of him being known as "the wall" of Indian cricket, which was on the verge of history with Dravid being unable to continue the good work that he was seen doing some couple of years back. A more precise way to express this would be to call Dravid as a silent assassin who doesn't panic the bowlers with his shots but irritates them by holding onto the crease for long.

Added to this were half centuries from the blades of openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. It is not possible to cite which batsman didn't do his job to the perfection and so was the case with the bowlers as well. Putting it simple, there were contributions from Dravid, Tendulkar, Dhoni, Gambhir and Sehwag. All the questions that now needs to be answered is whether India can take the game forward by holding an upperhand for the remaining atleast two days of the test match. And, incase they don't end up winning by an innings, it would be as good as a draw for India.

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