The Super Sunday was supposed to be a big day for Team India at the Wankhede Stadium, but the overconfident team set the nation on the backfoot. The day started with a silver lining when the best English batsmen of recent times got out to Ashwin and everyone got a breather, but all spoke too soon because Kevin Pietersen was thinking differently.
Kevin Pietersen got a brilliant century and I was ably disappointed when he got out on 186 when Pragyan Ojha’s delivery kissed his bat and landed in the hands of Virat Kohli. But prior to that, he played some breathtaking shots over the mid wicket boundary, over the covers and some extra ordinary KP classics punched on the backfoot.
Jonny Bairstow got out to Pragyan Ojha in a surprising dismissal when the ball hit Gambhir’s helmet and he finally managed to grab on to it. Samit Patel couldn’t take much pressure and gave his wicket to Pragyan Ojha. Matt Prior was disappointed when he was run out by Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni when there was no need for a run. Harbhajan Singh came into bowl and the he took Broad and James Anderson in quick succession. Monty Panesar scooped one on the first ball for a boundary and tried to do that this time only managed to land safely in the hands of wicket less Zaheer Khan.
R. Ashwin looked out of sorts with his clueless bowling, Harbhajan too couldn’t do much. It seemed as if both were feeling the pressure of playing in the same match and feared who might be dropped in the next encounter.
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir came out to bat and I thought there is a crisp last session to watch, but Virender Sehwag once again failed to capitalize Monty Panesar’s quickies and handed a lower one to Graeme Swann in the slips. Then came the Man of Steel Cheteshwar Pujara, and for the first time in this series he was feeling the pressure when the Mumbai crowd was shouting “Pujara Pujara Pujara” but Pujara refused to resist against the deliveries of Graeme Swann, but I respect the man for what all he has been through since a few days and after all he is human and tend to make mistakes.
The crowd, me and the whole nation expected a mature innings from the baap of cricket Sachin Tendulkar, who was playing in his backyard with a crowd roaring his name but he failed once again in his last match at the Wankhede Stadium, I think it his big time now that he should step aside like VVS Laxman and give his place to the deserving Ajinkya Rahane or Murali Vijay.
Virat Kohli, the poster boy once again got out in a soft dismissal on a full toss of Graeme Swann. The one respectable thing he did was that he didn’t abuse on the ground. Take some positive from the poor man.
Then Yuvraj as usual couldn’t do much with the spinners rattling the Mumbai track and Dhoni too followed the tradition, Ashwin gave some hope but he too got out soon. Gambhir played the Superman way and earned some brownie points for the next encounter. India expects a big one from tomorrow, if the tail enders help him around.
A shameful day for the over confident team India , who wanted to play mind games with England to create a turner , but our spinners failed to turn the ball and the English spinners made the life Hell for Indian batsmen.