Do you agree West Indies team of the 70s and 80s was one of the greatest test sides?
Out of the 64 matches they had played in the 2 decades at Home, they won only 26 matches, lost 8, drew 30. That’s a win % of 40.6%
What about the Incredible Australian team from 2000 to 2007?
Out of the 47 matches they played at Home in those 8 years, they won 38, lost only 2 and drew 7. That’s a win % of 80.8%. Incredible record this.
Now, cut to 2016-17. The Grand Home Season of Indian cricket. 13 Test matches against NZ, England, Bangladesh and Australia. With 11 matches over as of day, India have won 9, lost only 1 and drew 1. Win %? 81.8%. That’s a percentage point better than the Win % of THAT Aussie team at Home.
We had one bad match in Pune last week. Everyone has a bad day at office. You do. I do. Everyone does. That’s about it. Pune was an aberration.
In Bangalore, I believed from the first ball on Day 1 till Ravi Ash took that caught-and-bowled to dismiss Lyon on Day 4, that India had it in them to win this match and square the series.
What a contest this Bangalore Test was! When was the last time we were engrossed into the game for full four days? Best part was that at no stage in the game till post tea session on Day 4 did either team have a clear advantage over the game.
I would rate this Test as the second most awesome Test India has been part of. No points for guessing the most awesome Test.
T.E.A.M -Together Everyone Achieve More.
It was a true TEAM performance in every sense of the word. That makes the victory sweeter. We didn’t win the match because of a Kohli Double Ton or an Ashwin 10-fer.
Rahul, Pujara, Rahane, Ash, Jaddu, Ishant, Umesh all had their role to play.
For Australia, they have great finds in Renshaw and Handscomb. Renshaw for a 20 year old, has shown great grit and patience in this series to already become a player to look forward to. Hope he makes it big in Australian cricket.
Congrats Ashwin on surpassing BS Bedi to now become the fifth highest wicket taker for India. Also for the 25th five wicket haul. No ordinary achievement.
Eagerly await the 3rd and final tests of this riveting series.