Its V-Day today for all Indians as India cruised to well earned victory against the Aussies. The Indians outplayed the tourists in all departments. The Australian lower middle order was ripped apart by Zaheer Khan as he took 3 wickets in four balls. Johnson and Clarke offered little resistance but were soon sent packing by the debutant, Mishra. The man of the match award was rightly given to Dhoni.
The Indian batting came good and the Indians were able to post huge scores in both innings. The Indians had a brilliant start from Sehwag and Gambhir and the famed Indian middle order built upon it. Farewell boy, Ganguly came up with a well carved century in the first innings. Dhoni missed his by only 8 runs. In the second innigs the Indian openers sent the men from down under on a leather hunt as Gambhir and Sehwag blistered on. Gambhir scored his maiden century in home soil. Dhoni provded some fireworks by promoting himself at no.3. The Indians set the kangaroos a stiff and improbable target of 516.
The Indian bowling bowled out of their skins and were rewarded with 20 kangaroo hides. Ishant and Zaheer provided India starts and were backed up by the spinners. Bhajji (Harbhajan) playing in his home ground chipped in with useful wickets. But the man of the match was debutant Amit Mishra. He steam-rolled the Aussies scalping 5 wickets for 76. Again in the second innings he came up with two wickets. The Indian bowling unit looks well oiled and really lethal.
Even the Indian fielding came good and catches were not put down. Runs were saved and the body language of the Indians was good. The Australian high standard of fielding was way below par as catches were dropped and midfields occurred.
The Indian team outplayed the Aussies in all departments and Punter (Ponting) too said. The match would surely be etched in one’s mind forever for many reasons. Tendulkar became the highest run scorer in Test cricket history and also crossed 12,000 runs. Ganguly scored his century and crossed 7,000 runs. The BCCI have been given a headache over selection as a young leggie on debut managed to topple the worlds greatest. Dhoni led fearlessly and also led from the front as did Sehwag and Gambhir. Or the reason seeing a debutant display nerves as he bowled with craft and precision against the best in the world. But the greatest reason for remembrance would the reason that Indians have finally avenged for the Sydney test and have beaten the world champions. For the Australians the last frontier will always be a lost frontier.
Surely India is on the conquest to be the best in Test cricket.