At a time when ICC is advocating the need for standardisation of cricket pitches, captain M.S. Dhoni's preference for turning tracks from day-one for ‘Tests' in India sounded strange considering it could come at the cost of spectator interest as matches may not last the full five days.
Nirmal Shekar's Comment ‘A milestone too far' ( The Hindu , Nov 26) on Sachin's eagerly expected ton echoed the feelings and agony of millions of cricket fans all over the world. There are always two aspects about records in sports – some are made to be broken and a few that prove elusive even to the greatest. The best example of the latter is the great Don Bradman. In his last Test innings he needed to score just four runs to achieve a Test career average of 100. Alas! He was out for a duck and had to be content with an average of 99.96, which still is stupendous.As the writer mentioned he (Sachin) should refrain from thinking about that record. But who will allow him?
With his performance, R. Ashwin holds the promise of becoming a dependable all-rounder.
The Indian team deserves appreciation for its 2-0 victory in the Test series against the West Indies. The Mumbai Test and the one between South Africa and Australia at the New Wanderers have underlined the importance of the longer version of the game. The matches reinforced the opinion of many that Test cricket is real cricket.
J. Anantha Padmanabhan