The emergence of Amit Mishra does provide a great relief, but he has to give way to Anil Kumble, writes
Michael Clarke tried to outguess debutant Amit Mishra in the dying moments of the second day but the young man sold him a dummy to trap him in front.
A wrong ’un from around the wicket completely baffled the Aussie vice-captain and the dismissal was an indication that the young leg-spinner possesses a good amount of grey cells. That was one moment that the youngster will not forget as he outwitted a player who is considered a formidable batsman against spinners.
Of course, Mishra would re-live every moment of his first outing. The emergence of Mishra does provide a great relief, but he has to give way to Anil Kumble if the latter is fit for the next Test.
One has to remember that Stuart McGill had to sit out more often than not because of Shane Warne despite picking up wickets while bowling in tandem with the Aussie great.
It does seem that some critics have not learnt their lessons from the Ganguly episode.
The ‘Prince of Kolkata’ made a telling statement with a century at Mohali and now the time has come for Kumble to set a few things straight. It is rather a shame that a cricketer who has delivered over a long period of time is treated so shabbily.
I agree that performance and not emotion should be the guiding factor but to expect any cricketer to maintain his optimum efficiency right through his career is asking for the moon.
Anil Kumble has been in this situation before, and he will be gearing up for the challenge. He will consider it a good omen that the next Test will be played at the Kotla as that has been his favourite venue.
It was at the same venue that he resurrected his career by picking up 13 wickets in an Irani game to make a comeback. Of course, the perfect ten was at the same venue too but now he has been pushed against the wall and it will be interesting to see how things pan out.
The Indian skipper has been consistently subjected to scrutiny on innumerable occasions in the past and has triumphed many times.
Kumble and Kotla have that chemistry like Azhar and Eden Gardens, and as such Kumble will be hoping that Kotla will unleash yet another dream script for him.