January 15, 2006

Lahore Pitch.

The following is illuminating:

When Michael Holding, West Indian legend and a man who was a cut above the fast bowlers on display in this Test, was asked whether he would have fancied a bowl on this Gaddafi Stadium pitch, he grinned. "I'd have pulled a muscle and walked off," he said with a chuckle. From a man who once bowled the West Indies to an epic victory at the Oval with a stress fracture in his foot, such words couldn't be taken seriously, but you could see where he was coming from.
In spite of the much publicized intention of Pakistanis before the series of preparing pitches favorable to the fast bowlers, we have here a ridiculously batting friendly pitch. This is a nice post in this regard.

Indians have started really well after some unbelievable batting by Pakistan. Sehwag, in particular, was amazing. It is a bit unfortunate that most of the third day was rained out. Hopefully there will be no more disturbances and Indians will put forth a proper reply. Unless Indians commit some serious blunders a decision in this match seems unlikely.


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