Cricket on Song...
Last 24 Hours, we have been witnessing some amazing moments on the cricket field... Down under, in Sydney, it was class on display as the ageing stalwant Ricky Ponting along with his Captain Micheal Clarke plundered India to score century each. Ricky Ponting's innings was his reply to his critics who were gunning for his head and his innings was an affirmation of the fact that it's only the form that is temporary, but pure class is truly permanent. His ferocious pulls and delicate cover drives were a treat to watch.
Some hours before, at the other end, in on the most beautiful cricket stadiums of the world, Newlands, Capetown, two batsmen were showing their artistry on the cricket field. First it was Alviro Petersen, who was playing only his third cricket test. His century was full of strokes...the way test cricket should be played. Follwed by his century, Jacques Kallis, too, came out with some breathtaking and signature strokes of his to notch a 150 in his 150th test. It was indeed an amazing and exhilarating day of batsmanship for Cricket Connosieurs.
The underlining part in both these test matches, were the rate at which these batsmen scored their runs. While Ponting and Clarke helped themselves to maintain a healthy run rate of 4 plus, Jacques Kallis and Petersen continued scoring at a brisk rate of 4.5 runs an over. Such stroke play can only make test cricket exciting to watch in the times when test cricket is getting sidelined by its cousins the T-20 especially and the 50-Over ODI format.
Three Players... Alviro Petersen, a batsman who has come of age, and two others, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis, who refuses to age, just made a cricket fan's day memorable. Their effort was one which made batting look so easy even in different conditions. At the end of the day, I believe, if there is anything more victorious, then it is the game of Test Cricket.
Before I conclude, with all these players showing their class, it is now time for the other great player playing in this test to show his class so as to reach the milestone the billion people of india are waiting for...
P.S ..and what followed was some superlative innings from some of the finest players playing test cricket today...Jacques Kalliss... Micheal Clarke, Ricky Ponting, AB DeVilliers, Micheal Hussey... will we be able to see some magic from Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar tomorrow...?
Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa
Sydney, Perth, Australia