August 01, 2008

Sehwag not single.

Sehwag on 199. Last man Ishant Sharma at the other end. Ball played square, clear of any fielder. The single is on - Sehwag can score his 200th run. After how the team collectively threw in towels, underwear, inhibitions, you’d forgive him this tiny trespass. Go on Viru, get the single, get the 200th run - Ishant can block a few balls. But he doesn’t take the single. He waits it out.

And leaves you to ponder if any of the record breakers in this Indian team would have overlooked that single. Forget the Indian team - is there anyone in world cricket who would’ve let that single go?

But Sehwag continues to block. The big tease is saved for that elusive 200th run. The drift is towards a customary six. There is no six coming. Bat pad kissed together, ball smothered into the ground.

Is Sehwag playing for Ishant? Is he playing for the 400 runs he spoke about? Is he playing to instruct – impart patience where none existed? Is it a pointer to the mainstay of Indian batting – and to the powers behind them? Either way, it’s worth a think. But who will?

16 comments:

Straight Point said...

i am not sure who will...but one thing is sure that he floored my inflated egos by that 'master stroke'

Naked Cricket said...

and i bet humble pie never tasted so sweet.
the game's rocking, but lanka still in front.

Straight Point said...

oh...correction...wanted to say many inflated ego...

it will be interesting to see how long india can afford dravids and co. coz for me the counting has begun...in reverse mode i.e.

Naked Cricket said...

some shorthand that, sp!
watching collingwood on the count right now.

A Bisht said...

The post started like a prose and and ended like one.... Post ka jeevan kahani mein hi nikal gaya.

Above are my uncut thoughts,... :)
I'll keep coming :)

Naked Cricket said...

Cheers AB! look fwd to extend the Prince-Jumbo dialogue. That got me thinking. As Prince once did!

Ottayan said...

Underwear? :)

Som said...

I tend to believe Boycott. The guy
up there probably forgot to put a brain in his head. Else how you explain his refusal to take that single which could jeopardise his double ton? Thank God for making an exception for Viru.

Naked Cricket said...

ott - yr site link from sp's blog update is an open and shut case.
Review.

Naked Cricket said...

som - yeah, that was unfathomable. and if you watch The Dark Knight, that's the deal with da Joker too. Enough said.

Straight Point said...

i couldn't get what you wanna say about OTT site...pls elaborate gaurav...

Naked Cricket said...

sp - clicked on ottayan's site from your blog update - at first his site opened, but then it shut. review.

Soulberry said...

When Sehwag crosses 50, I usually also head to a forum in the caribs which goes into a tizzy. The needles and pins are out to do mumbo-jumbo on Sehwag so Lara could be safe! I, as you guys must know by now, don't accept that sort of stuff on Sehwag from anyone.

I was at work and out of live cricket. The text commentary mentioned this little incident...the carib board had no place to hide after the nonesense spoken about Sehwag...no explanation when a reasonable one of themselves drew parallels with Shiv Chanders and his compulsive desire to remain not out at all costs to keep that average going up and beyond 50.

Sehwag is brilliant...a selfless man who cares little for anything other than his team's success. At the end of the day, he forgets all for a peaceful night's sleep.

Not like some faux no.1 batsman like Shiv Chanders who has "masterminded" his average at the expense of his team interest.

Naked Cricket said...

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compelling stuff.

scorpicity said...

He on one hand would want to make us take a sledge hammer and smash it onto his head. And the next moment he is like a porn star doing a genuisse record.

Naked Cricket said...

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