Coming back

October 3, 2009

It has been more than 2 months since a post. Things have been hectic, as much as things can get hectic in laid back Goa. There was no connectivity till about a week or so ago and even after that it has been intermittent, thanks to the rains. Most relevantly, I have been suffering from a blogger’s black out. It happens to me ever so often. I am so much a creature of the “free flow” that once things stop free flowing, as they definitely will, sooner or later, I balk and give up.

Matters have not been helped by the fact that watching cricket, the one passion, which brings out the best (or the worst as some friends would be quick to point out) of the writer in me, has not been high on my to dos during this period. I missed much of the Ashes and the Compaq Cup was too contrived for me. The Champions Trophy has been good so far and this, to an extent, has spurred action.

After being a couple of wickets away from elimination, the Australians gave a stand out performance against England. What Ricky Ponting is doing with the current crop of Australian cricketers is remarkable. They seem to be punching way above their weight which was so typical of the teams led by Allan Border in the late eighties and nineties.

Till very recently, Ponting would not have appeared on my favorites list. But I have to admit that he is fast climbing the rungs. I still do not fancy his post match interviews and comments. But on the field I have begun to grudgingly admire him. And as much as I hate to admit it, I think, it is about him he is acknowledged the best batsman in the world. On current form, it is highly probable that he will end breaking most of Sachin’s test batting records, which will ensure his statistical supremacy. More importantly, what gives him a significant edge is his penchant for big and crunchy occasions. He has been outstanding. Added to that the fact that the burden of captaining a team in transition seems to be spurring him on to greater heights as a batsman is a huge huge plus in his favor.

It may take the current bunch of Australian cricketers time to reach the consistency levels of their predecessors, or quite possibly, they never will. But there is no denying that they are coming along rapidly and they will continue to threaten wannabes like South Africa, India and Sri Lanka. Unless New Zealand can work a miracle, it looks like we are heading for a Pakistan – Australia showdown. One more for the flair vs. method matchups.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: