The editorial “Rewriting cricket equations” (Nov. 11) rightly observed that the difference between the two sides, India and Australia, was the fast bowling. Indeed, it is a declining curve for Australians (especially after the retirement of nonpareil Glenn McGrath). To win the Test series against Australia, it was important for Team India to click consistently in all departments of the game. The hosts did exactly that and reaped the invaluable return of a 2-0 win, regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Ranipet * * *
India’s convincing victory over Australia in the Test series reiterates that in recent times, India alone has been able to dent the aura of invincibility of Australians here and on their home turf. It was India which halted Australia’s dream run under Steve Waugh. It has successfully challenged the superiority of the Australians ever since. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is the best gift the team could have given Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly who were among the most competitive of our cricketers.
P. Prasand Thampy,
Thiruvalla * * *
The Aussies for once lacked the punch and struggled to come to terms on a good batting track with uneven bounce. They panicked on more than one occasion and missed their former players such as McGrath and Warne. In future, India too will miss Kumble and Ganguly who have rendered yeoman service to Indian cricket. Congratulations to the entire Indian team on its sterling performance.
Botswana * * *
India’s historic victory against the redoubtable Aussies is a welcome relief to the ardent lovers of cricket. The victory is a morale booster to the sagging popularity of Test cricket, the oldest form of the game, which has a heritage value. What was remarkable about captain M.S. Dhoni was that he maintained perfect rhythm and harmony, coordinating well with his team mates.
A. Saratchandran Menon,
Chennai * * *
November 10 was a red letter day for Indian cricket. Despite a ban on Gautam Gambhir and poor umpiring, Dhoni’s Devils conquered the world champions and regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.