Thursday, February 2, 2012

Playing Against India

Before the series with India, the last time he made a test century was 2 years back on Pakistan. After that his form dipped. He played 16 tests since that match till the series with India. he played against New Zealand, Pakistan, India, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, again New Zealand.

He made only 6 half centuries in those 16 tests. 3 against India in 4 innings. After those 3 fifties it appeared to many as though Ricky Ponting got back his form. But no, he had to wait for another India series. Meanwhile axe was dangling on his neck. If India series didnt happen he sure would have been shown the exit.

Before the India series, when Rahul Dravid was talking about Ponting's form, I had a hunch that Ponting would get his form back in this series. I had in my mind many instances of cricketers gaining their form by scoring against India, nameless cricketers becoming overnight stars by performing against India. Remember Henry Olongo, Douglas Marillier, Matthew Hayden, Javed Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Graham Gooch, Sanath Jayasuriya, Jayawardena etc, who were only a few of them.

I was right on spot!! He scored 2 centuries including a double century, 3 half centuries in 6 innings!!

I bet, every out-of-form batsmen would long to play against India and fancy their chances.

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