28.7.07

Good Taste

With the exception of the late dismissal of Dravid, the day couldn't have gone much better for India. England 198, India 254 for 3 at the close, Sachin and Sourav at the crease with considerable power to add.

However, it was the performance of the openers which really stood out. There was luck, true, with countless balls passing the outside edge in the first hour and umpire Ian Howell in an implausibly generous mood, but Karthik, sparky and confident, and Jaffer, patient, restrained and elegant, further confirmed the suspicion that they're starting to grow into a distinctly useful pair with India's first Test opening partnership of more than a hundred in England for twenty-eight years.

I didn't know much about Karthik so Siddhartha Vaidyanathan's piece on Cricinfo this evening was particularly interesting, especially the fact that his boyhood hero was one Graham Thorpe.

Two reactions:

One, he's very young.

Two, he's got good taste.

4 comments:

Sfx said...

There's a bit of history to this Dinesh Karthik success story which will probably now not get the coverage it deserves...

Rahul Dravid was long criticised for holding on to Sehwag's prodigious talent for too long. When he finally did relent, the chance went to this kid - the side's second wicket-keeper - who had never opened even for his state side before. Its the kind of gamble that, I believe , makes good captains in the long run - the desire and vision to harness ability when most can't see it. Leadership in the true sense of the term - which is hard to judge in a one day game.

To Karthik's immense credit, he has, so far, held on all too well. He started off at Capetown against the South Africans and has since quickly become the side's unquestioned opener. Not bad. And well done, skipper !

Brian Carpenter said...

Very interesting. It would have been Dravid's decision would it, rather than Greg Chappell's?

A great day for India today...

Sfx said...

Well, the induction was on the combined Dravid - Chappell watch. So yes, both should get credit. Dravid tends to get the blame for Sehwag's failures though - or for his extended run.

I guess the truth is a bit of both..

Brian Carpenter said...

It seems fair that if Dravid gets the blame for Sehwag's failures he should get the credit for Karthik's successes!

I know that in England that sort of move would tend to be seen as a coach's decision, unless it was expressly stated otherwise.

Look at the stick Fletcher used to get - but then most of that was fully justified.

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