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Ponting is not Harbhajan’s bunny anymore!

Written by Vineet Kapoor

Australia vs India ODI match Melbourne 10 February, 2008 – A Fun Report

Other possible headlines
– Toss was the only win Australia could register today
– 45% of boundaries in the Australian innings were hit in the first 2 overs of Ishant Sharma!
– Ponting is not Harbhajan’s bunny anymore, he leaves before him
– Ishant Sharma is neither Shant (Quiet) nor Sharma (Shy)
– Dhoni feeds part time bowlers to Brett Lee

Within an hour of the start of the match it became clear that the Toss may end up to be the only thing that the Aussies may win today. First of all Gilchrist. Walk-ready Gilchrist was made to walk by the umpire, and the fact that he was on 0 didn’t help, obviously Gilly isn’t fond of ducks – surely not when they fly out of a scoreboard. Then Ishant Sharma was smashed 5 times to the fence within his first 2 overs. For the record, 45% of the boundaries in the Australian innings were hit in those 2 overs. It seemed that maybe Praveen Kumar may just manage a look in, in the the next match – or maybe Munaf? And right when Ishant Sharma should have been removed from the attack, his Captain did the most courageous thing! He continued with him with some advice. Well, this turned the match. Maybe Hayden couldn’t hide his delight at this decision, but before he knew he was watching the replays of his 4s in the pavillion. Ponting followed him in the next Ishant over. He seems to be happy proving that he isn’t Harbhajan’s bunny any more. So he is now leaving before Harbhajan enters!

Soon Clarke, Symonds and Haddin left. Unluckily Hopes wasn’t playing so there were (literally) no Hopes left for Australia. And Australia was rocking at 92 for 6. Well, Dhoni in a momentary lapse of reason ordered his part-time bowlers instead of wrapping up the tail – something that they could have given a miss today and should have risked bowling out their main bowlers to try and wrap up Australia. – something that they could have given a miss today and should have risked bowling out their main bowlers to try and wrap up Australia. Now Brett Lee enjoyed sometime out in the sun with Hussey before sense prevailed and Ishant, Pathan and Sreesanth returned to wrap up the rest. Well the score was 159 by now.

It seemed India’s match, but India was happy to make it difficult for themselves. Or maybe it was Captain’s decision to have every batsman take crucial practice. With Ponting so sure of the defeat that he postponed the 3rd Powerplay till the 46th over. Well India almost lost their way after Tendulkar left but for Dhoni who refused to go and neither let Rohit Sharma go. Well that’s how difficult Captaincy is! I still remember when Kapil Dev never used to give up, whether he had Ghavri for company or he had Kirti Azad with him. Yuvraj is increasingly coming like a fad which doesn’t last long. Well somehow India didn’t try to even get that extra bonus point for which Australia always makes a fight. Whether, it can cost them in the end is for all to wait and see. In the end India took 45.1 overs to score just 160!!

(the above are written in a funny mood and not intended to hurt your sentiment – i doubt if any actual players gets time to read – so please dont (get) hurt yourself defending them)

About the author

Vineet Kapoor

Born in 1966, BE (Mechanical), MBA (Marketing & Finance). Worked previously in Tata Sons, Essar Cellphone etc. before venturing out.

Special interest: Is a Poet, Writer, Photographer, Artist, founder member of different alumni associations

Member: ASCI (Administrative Staff College of India), Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Bombay Productivity Council, UBS Alumni Association (Secretary, Chandigarh Chapter)