April 5, 2005

First two One-days.

Indians really played well in the first two one-days. In spite of the fact that both Sachin and Sourav, who had been for a while the back bone of Indian batting in ODIs, did not contribute at all we ended up scoring big scores. 356 in the second match is truly phenomenal. In fact, it is the third highest score ever for India and the highest score against Paksitan. Sehwag, Dhoni and Dravid stand out, of course, as the biggest performers.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's innings is heartening and after some time a new face made a big impact in Indian cricket. His 148 is the highest score by an Indian against Pakistan in One-days and the 9th highest score by an Indians in ODIs. Here is the list of top 9 scores by Indians in ODIs and here is a list of top individual scores in ODIs by all countries. So as such it is a very commendable innings. Of course, it is too early to make any long term statements, but he is a very good prospect. Considering that he is just 24 and his wicket-keeping is good, one can expect much from him in the years to come.

Sehwag was majestic. I watched a one-day match completely after some time. I must say I am most impressed by Sehwag. He graduated from being just a big hitter to a very matured and still very exciting batsman. The way he sent Pakistani bowlers to all parts of the ground was simply breathtaking. He made 74 of 40 balls in the second match. If he stayed longer, he would surely have broken the record for the fastest ODI hundred by an Indian. Here is a list of fastest 100s in ODIs. Dravid was very solid as always. In both matches he played very crucial innings at the crucial junctures and was a major reason for the eventual scores.

Toss was a major factor and we were lucky to have batted first. But our bowling was decent. Particularly in the first match we were defending only 281 and Pakistan had a very good chance of getting there. In the second match also we bowled well and kept getting wickets regularly.

With 2-0 up, we should play really badly to lose this series now. If we continue this good form we will win it soon.


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