The final ODI may turn out to be a dampener
The weather gods don't seem to have liked the idea of having a dead rubber as the first ODI at the magnificent DY Patil Stadium. The threat of rain was looming large even though the tickets were sold, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.cricket Updated: Nov 10, 2009 23:27 IST
The weather gods don't seem to have liked the idea of having a dead rubber as the first ODI at the magnificent DY Patil Stadium.
The threat of rain was looming large even though the tickets were sold out with organisers planning to distribute India flags to all 50,000 fans expected at the stadium, which has the Parsik Hills by its side, reminding one of the Sabina Park in Kingston that has the Blue Mountain as backdrop.
It was a slight drizzle in overcast conditions when the Australians had some light training on Tuesday morning and the intensity of the downpour increased later to wash out the training session the Indian team had planned to have.
But it was not all cold and damp on the western front. Warming things up was Ricky Ponting.
Having avoided making aggressive statements that Australian teams of the past used to as an attempt to unnerve opponents before a series, the Australian captain made some bold observations.
They were perfectly timed — given that the series has already been won under extreme adversities — dealing with unsuccessful stars and hardworking players of moderate skill.
“India has a lot of superstars in the side but I didn't care about that because I knew if we had 11 guys contribute, they would overpower their two or three superstars.
“That is what we have seen in the series so far. We have more even contribution from our players than they have. Back to the rev-up speech ahead of the fifth game, and that was all about us not having all those superstars in our side,” said Ponting. That was not all.
The leader of successful men promised no letdown in intensity in a match where the interest is academic.
“We want to finish the tour on a very positive note. We've played some excellent cricket over the past few weeks and, while the series has been decided, it's certainly not over as far as we're concerned.
“To me 5-2 sounds a lot better than 4-3 does, so we're going to go ahead full steam.”