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Moin rubs Sachin the wrong way

After Moin Khan's comment, Pakistani bowlers might face the fury of Tendulkar's bat, writes Bishan Singh Bedi.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 17:34 IST

After two of the most dreary Test draws in recent times, we are compelled to hang on to history. Because it has an uncanny knack of repeating itself. Is historical knowledge relevant or not? Let me see if I can tread on a few more toes! Not that it is going to matter much to the dafts involved in an intellectual activity like cricket!

Anyway, the last two matches in Pakistan have done little to enhance the image of Test cricket in the sub-continent. Quite a few PCB officials have given reasons for the lifeless tracks, graveyards for the bowlers. But not a soul has picked up enough courage to say a simple "Sorry" to the players or the paying public. Yet the gullible amongst the cricket followers will throng the Karachi stadium hoping for a result. Now this is one mighty big hope that the series will be decided for or against the home team. I would be damned with all my cricket information and experience to back Pakistan taking any chances.

Karachi is the home of all great Pakistani batsmen— Hanif, Mushtaq, Zaheer, Miandad and Sadiq to name a few— and we all know what a batsman's mindset is. As for the record books, Pakistan has lost only one Test in Karachi. So the common sense of a layman would suggest that the stalemate shall prevail.

Without getting into any lengthy debate, Moin Khan has to be bereft of all cricket sense to pronounce that Pakistan has found something as frightful as a chink in Sachin Tendulkar's armoury. Well done Moin, even if your discovery comes in thirty-five Test centuries too late! Instead of applauding Sachin's 'walk' in Faisalabad, Moin rubs him the wrong way. I am afraid somebody in the Pakistani attack will pay heavily for Moin's ill-timed remark. And I dare say with or without beamers or bouncers. While the latter is a legitimate weapon (of an illegitimate fast trundler!), the beamer surely is an outlaw and must be condemned most harshly. I reckon Dhoni was too naive and harmless as his smile to let the world know that it was just a "slip" and not an intended beam ball. Honestly, it makes me shudder had the ball done any physical harm to India's popular wicketkeeper batsman.

So far in the two Tests, there have been hudreds galore from batsmen of calibre. But the bowlers too on both sides found their own version of getting a hundred from their bowling analysis. As many as 18 bowlers dished out lollies most generously for the batters to flourish. Perhaps a similar reciprocal arrangement is called for in Karachi. Sadly, Test cricket is seldom played in happy-go-lucky social atmosphere. Two Pakistani batsmen, Younis Khan and Mohd Yousuf, have done pretty good job of reminding the Indian bowlers their true worth. It is about time the Indian bowlers complimented the dogged determination of the Indian batsmen.

Rahul Dravid's dedicated single-vision job has to be backed up by all strong contenders of a hefty batting line-up. Having said that, I would not be surprised if the off spinner gives way to Sourav Ganguly. All this while I am assuming Karachi will offer a green top at long last.

When it came to preparation of Test pitches, it seems too many cooks were spoiling the broth. Now we have the Big 'Sarf' supervising the Karachi strip. God knows how many bookies would be assisting 'Sarf'! All this is in jest though. Knowing Sarfraz as a stickler for minute detail, he may blow his top off quite unnecessarily. Safraz is known to have a short fuse.

Most of our neighbours from across the Wagah are pretty dogmatic. A mule has neither pride of ancestory nor hope of posterity. And then did you hear of the fly who sat upon the axle-tree of the chariot wheel and said, "What dust do I raise!"

We will know in the next few days who are the mules or flies on the wall or the chariot.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 17:34 IST