One might say that India declared their second innings a little too late. But from their game plan, it appeared as if the series was more important for them than winning this match. And that’s perfectly justified. Full credit to Anil Kumble and his boys for the achievement.
To bowl out a
side in a Test, a team needs at least 70 overs, so it looked like Kumble first assured the series for his team and then took a chance.
And it almost worked, but for bad light coming to Pakistan's rescue. No doubt it was a comprehensive win for India, but one shouldn't expect a miracle in Australia going by this performance.
After all, playing a series at home is not an ideal preparation for a tour Down Under. The only help India will get from this series win is a boost in confidence and morale, teamed with their experience from an outstanding tour four years ago.
For Pakistan, it was the same old story. It was evident yet again how non-professionals running the show cost the team. Wednesday's batting showed the players just aren't mature enough. Crossing a total of 500 is of no help, if most players don't know how to read the game. Questions will be raised about taking the captaincy away from Shoaib Malik. But a captain is just as good as his team and when the captain gets confused, the support staff comes into play.
I am a firm believer that Pakistan and India do not need coaches from abroad. A foreigner is simply unable to connect to the different cultural backgrounds and the manner of upbringing an Indian and Pakistani cricketer comes from.
And this laptop analysis is not cricket, its utter rubbish. Sunil Gavaskar never needed someone to analyse his game on the computer for hours. He did it all by himself. If a player realises his flaws, then he needs someone who could simplify the rectification process to him.
Sadly, Pakistan cricket administrators don't realise it. And now the Indian authorities have also appointed a foreigner in Gary Kirsten.
I don't understand the need to appoint him when the team is doing well with three local coaches. I won't be surprised if the Indian team's performance starts sliding again once he takes charge.