A festive whitewash, the almost glorius french, a mancunian party and an unnoticed debut century

Posted on October 26, 2011


Team India comfortably romped home 5-0. But as Sharda Ugra rightly pointed out in ‘Beware the euphoria of a whitewash’ and said ‘If anyone thinks India have righted the wrongs of the summer in England with the result in the home ODI series, they need to think again’.

On home soil, the team is a different unit, unlike the one which is fielded elsewhere, brimmed with confidence and pushed by crowds. Only one team has had the muscle to beat the Indians at home since 2010, South Africa. They did twice, in the World Cup earlier this year and the threematch ODI series in 2010 more remembered for Sachin Tendulkar’s 200*. But as Ms.Ugra has pointed out, the visiting English might not pose a threat which the South Africans or Australians would. Especially with the inexperience most of the team had on Indian conditions.

Now with no T-20 extravaganzas ahead, the team can hatch their plans to fare better in Australia. They will tour down under later this year after facing the West Indian team for three tests and five ODI’s.

Listening to the commentary of the Rugby World Cup really gave me a better picture of what was happening at Eden Park on Saturday Night, tuning in from the second half after catching The Guardian‘s live updates in the first. The French could not bank much on the Kiwi’s failed scoring opportunities although they had a brilliant play to change the score line to 7-8 from 0-8 within the 50th minute. What followed was a nerving 30 minutes which ended with the Kiwi’s missing another penalty. The Kiwis were not at their best but just managed edge ahead of the French who according to Paul Rees were the better team with decisions going against them.

But France’s scrum-half, Dimitri Yachvili, admitted they had the same luck which helped them overcome Wales in the semi-final.

On Sunday, the newsroom had stopped working when the Manchester Derby was going on, unable to believe what was going on at Old Trafford. Goals poured in as a feeling of the home side giving up seeped in. Mario Balotelli scored twice with Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and David Silva pitching apiece. Darren Fletcher scored the inconsequential goal for United.

The worst defeat in a decade for the team and equalling the defeat of 5 goals which has happened twice, in 1955 and 1926, safe to say a generation ago.

With so much sport happening, the entry of Rob Nicole in ODI cricket probably went unnoticed. Scoring a century on debut against Zimabwe at Harare, he joined an elite list which includes compatriot Martin Guptill. Dennis Amiss, Desomnd Haynes, Andy Flower, Saleem Elahi and Colin Ingram make up the special list.

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