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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Huge disappointment for Bangladesh

One player from Newzealand finally came in between Bangladesh and its surge towards a first test victory over a major test playing nation. It was a spirited performance from Bangladesh in the 1st test of the 3-match series being played at Chittagong, but in the end captain Vettori's splendid all-round performance claiming 9 wickets and half-centuries in either innings ensured that Newzealand managed to reach home with 3 wickets remaining and in the process breaking a million Bangla hearts.

Compare Vettori's performance with the other test captain who finished with the man-of-the-match award on the same day and you will realize what a grand effort it was. In India's annihilation of Australia, Dhoni's twin fifties were enough to bag him the MOM award. Vettori, besides doing that, also bagged 9 wickets. Unlike India who outplayed Australia on each of the 5 days of the test, captain Vettori had to maintain his composure in a test, where Bangladesh were on top for the first 3 and a half days. (not for nothing is he amongst my favourite cricket players in the world - see pic on right column, top)

Two more tests still remain in each of the two test series being played in the subcontinent, and both teams from down under seem to be under huge pressure, though of different kinds. Whatever the final outcomes, the next couple of weeks surely promise the most exciting cricket action, and for a change, not of the quicker variety and neither off-the-field.

2 comments:

scorpicity said...

As stupid it may seem for the whole of New Zealand and those hell bent on writing off Bangladesh, Vettori is clearly an under-rated cricketer whom not many talks about. Happy for him alone and Bangladesh of course.

Amit Bajaj said...

Can't agree more...by the time he finally hangs up his boots Vettori's records should be good enough to qualify him amongst the best all-rounders the game of cricket has seen. Have my doubts though if the bespectacled gentleman will ever get his due from either the fans or the experts.