Hope it rains tomorrow
Laxman scored 58 odd runs but faced the perennial problem of playing with the tail. I have said it before and I will say it now - This guy has no clue what to do with the tail. As long as Dravid, SRT, Sehwag or Gangs is at the other end, Laxman looks good. The moment the wicketkeeper, spinner or fast bowler types walk in, Laxman is not the correct man to be out there. Simply put, he bats the same way as he does with the top order, maybe even a little bit slower ... maybe he feels he oughta be more careful since he is the only good batsman left. It is totally opposite of what he should be doing - which is farming the strike and nudging up the rate of scoring so he does more damage to the opposition than the opposition does to the tail. I have seen this in Laxman for a long time ... I remember even in the West Indies, he would be stuck with the tail and wouldn't have a clue and that was almost 2 years back. Anyway, the way he plays the ODIs and then cribs about being left out of the team, it is obvious he is a very poor adapter ... so if he wants consistent big scores, either someone has to do him a favour and push him up the order ... or ... I don't see any other way, really, except that one of SRT, Gangs, Dravid, Sehwag plays with him always. He is not gonna learn anything and improve ... that doesn't seem to be one of his strong points.
Anyway, Balaji and Kumble bowled India back into the match and seriously, SRT and Ganguly ought to be bending over and kissing their (Kumble and Balaji) respective asses this evening ... without the performance they put in, Pakistan would have well been on the way to a comfortable draw. That is why I want it to rain ... coz if it doesn't, India will win and everyone will forget the farce played out by these chaps. I want people to curse the cricketers and remember Day 3 of the test .. today no one really grudges the cricketers the millions they earn .... but every time days like Day 3 of the test happens, people will start asking "this is supposed to be sachin phucking tendulkar??? this is what sourav phucking ganguly is being paid crores for???" ... that is when they will improve ... when they see their names being dragged through the mud in the media. For that to happen, it has to rain and the match end in a draw.
Ok, that was a relief; letting all that steam out. Really, it shouldn't rain ... and it is not coz I suddenly like SRT or Ganguly any better than I did 5 minutes back. It is coz if it rains, it would be cruel on people like Sehwag, Kumble and Balaji who earned every bit of the pittances they earn (compared to the heavyweights, of course ... compared to the Chucksters of the world, even the pittances r not really so). Balaji deserves a man of the match award in a winning effort; or maybe it will be Sehwag ... my choice would be Balaji but the point is - these guys need to win this test ... it would be cruel for them to have the test end in a draw coz of rain.
I read some reports where supposedly SRT said the short sight-screens at the ground was a factor inn his slow batting of Day 3 ... since SRT is short too, he gets affected even when a taller batsman might not be coz his angle of view is different. He didn't attribute it completely to the sight screens but implied that it had a lot to do with it. What a phucking misery of a gutter rat is this guy, anyway? To think he was once great!!!
Gary Kasparov announced his retirement from competitive chess a day back or so. Everyone will remember him coz he was the greatest even when he said enough ... if he had waited till the Topalovs, Gelfands and Anands (for all of his exploits, in my opinion, he will never approach Kasparov in terms of greatness) were beating him every now and then, he could have renamed himself as Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.