Trent Bridge game has all that a great Test should have
At a time when there is a huge discussion about the future of Test cricket, the Trent Bridge game stands as an example why the longer format can never lose its glory. It has been a tale of guts, gumption, swinging fortunes and superlative efforts. Sourav Ganguly writes. Air battleUpdated: Aug 01, 2011 02:25 IST
At a time when there is a huge discussion about the future of Test cricket, the Trent Bridge game stands as an example why the longer format can never lose its glory. It has been a tale of guts, gumption, swinging fortunes and superlative efforts.
The thriller has seen interesting incidents off the field as well. Michael Vaughan, former England captain, spoke about VVS Laxman using vaseline on his bat, and then calling it a 'good humour' when he realised he could dragged to the court for the comment.
The banter between Nasser Hussain and Ravi Shastri in the commentary box on DRS has produced a terrific atmosphere of Test cricket. On Saturday, a superlative cricketer named Rahul Dravid showed to the world why Test cricket is the ultimate format and what it takes to survive at the top.
With Gautam Gambhir out because of injury, Dravid had to open the innings. He however stood up to the challenge and carried the Indian batting almost by himself, with some support from Laxman and Yuvraj. It wasn't easy on a wicket which had some life; it had cluttered grass that made the ball jump awkwardly.
If one were to take out his efforts, there wouldn't be much to write home about Indian batting in the series. All young players sharing the dressing room with him or watching the game should record this knock and watch it time and again.
On the other hand, young Indian pacemen deserve praise for the way they bowled in helpful conditions. Sreesanth showed why he is dangerous, Ishant is maturing fast and Praveen is showing immense control to keep the batsmen guessing. I was happy to see Yuvraj so determined. He went out of the Test scenario for reasons not under his control and had to wait long for this chance and he hasn't wasted it.