1st Test: A good win for India, but let’s not go crazy

This Border-Gavaskar Trophy did not have the fanfare and trumpet-playing that India v England did; thankfully, Mrs Bhosle, Mewa Ram, Professor Biswas, and the Shukla parivaar had to retire their pungis and bansuris and brass bands. The lesson was learned, rather harshly. It was understood that this series did not carry the weight and promise of past India v Australia contests, because both teams are crocked to an extent. Hence, there was much less anticipation from the first Test in Chennai, even though India were seen as favorites.

In the end, victory was rightfully India’s. It took a while longer than was expected when they had Australia nine wickets down with more than an hour before stumps on day four, but a commanding eight-wicket followed at 10:51am on Tuesday. It was a very good victory, thanks largely to MS Dhoni’s counter-attacking 224 that gave India a lead of 192, and should be appreciated not just because it equaled Sourav Ganguly’s record of most wins (21) but because of the manner in which India’s spinners dominated Australia’s batsmen. Read more
Courtesy : ibnlive.in.com

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