December 20, 2010 in Uncategorized
With all these shorter versions of the game at our disposal as cricket fans, isn’t it wonderful to see how test cricket, hailed by your average cricket fan as boring, can still entertain, fascinate and give you some ooohs and aaahs!!??
Look I love these 20-20’s, IPL’s, MTN40.. Ok, maybe not MTN40.. I’m sorry, but that’s just silly for me since we already have the 50 over game, which in its own right is still awesome.. It may be a while back, but few will forget the 438 game against Australia right?? However for me, test cricket is still the ultimate form of the game.. It’s exactly what it is..a test.. and so much more.. I don’t understand how people can call this boring because:
How can you not appreciate the Proteas almost bowling the entire India team out in about 45 overs on Day 1? How can you not appreciate Morne Morkel peppering the Indian batsmen with some great bouncers while his partner in crime Dale Steyn was busy getting into a rhythm of devastating effect to remove kingpins Dravid and Tendulkar?
How can you not appreciate Biff, Alviro & Amla laying the platform of SA’s only innings of the test?
How can you not appreciate Jacques Kallis going to the hairdresser & still have the time to put the focus in to score his 1st maiden double hundred?
How can you not appreciate AB de Villiers upping the anty to get us over 600 and still score another 100?
How can you not appreciate the Indians not going down without a fight through Ghambir, Sehwag & later on Dhoni? How can you not appreciate the little master, Tendulkar scoring his 50th test century under an enormous amount of pressure?
And how can you not appreciate the Proteas doing what to be done, what they the needed to do to get the win, before the weather threatened to take that victory away from them?
This match just showed us once again that test cricket is here to stay and will always live on!! Almost every night I watch the “Legends of cricket” on ESPN Classic showcasing some of the greatest ever to have held a cricket ball or bat. Now I doubt if we’ll ever see the batting averages of Bradman & even our very own Graeme Pollock.. Or the bowling displays of the Hadlee’s, Warne’s or Murali’s.. Or the all round brilliance of the Sobers and Botham’s..
But how lucky are we to see Jacques Kallis busy stamping down his legacy as probably the greatest all rounder the game has ever seen. How lucky are we to have youngsters like Amla and AB? 2 players that can break all South African batting records before them.. How lucky are we to have Steyn & Morkel in full flight continuing the trend that South Africa could be one of the Mecca’s in the world when it comes to producing pace bowlers.. And what about the brilliance of Sachin?? A guy now just 4 centuries away from becoming the 1st and probably only batsmen to have 100 centuries behind his name in the top 2 formats of the game (test & ODI’s). Rahul Dravid, probably the most prized wicket to get in test cricket because of his “wall” style of batting. Or watching Sehwag bat with a strike rate that will make premier batsmen in the 20-20 format blush.
We have all of this people!! This is happening in our time!! 20 years down the line the next generation of cricket fans are going to watch ESPN classic and say: I hope they appreciated that wonderful display of test cricket.