A very happy new year from the Adventures of Billy the Worm!
2010 and the coming decade should definitely be awesome!
A once in a decade post will follow when I feel like it...
Yeah, he did. His first ever match-winning contribution for India, at least one that people can remember.
And what a time to bowl his best stuff, after the Lankans had been rollicking at 165/1, largely thanks to Tillekeratne 'Dilscooper' Dilshan, Upul 'No-real-nickname' Tharanga, and Sanga (because it rhymes).
Harbhajan decided to bowl well on a turning track and Jadeja pulled out a can of whoop-ass.
My image of him has changed. A bit.
I always thought of him as a limited-over specialist spinner, the Johan Botha type who fires it in around off stump, and who can slam the ball a bit.
Now he's a pretty decent all-rounder.
A few months ago we all hated his guts for his really slow innings in a T20. We all wanted him to be dropped.
Now he's a decent all-rounder who deserves his place instead of Yusuf Pathan.
I'm an Indian cricket fan, though. My opinion could only be as constant as the next match.
Mendis got served today, by the way. Remember my post?
I missed out today. Woke up late, thought of checking the score, but decided against it and settled down with a bit of breakfast.
Then I checked my RSS feeds of various websites in search of something interesting to read, and saw this under Cricinfo:
'Sehwag and Vijay pulverise Sri Lanka'. Of course, this would later become 'Virender Sehwag pulverises Sri Lanka'. Rightly so, as no other batsman in this match should even be in the same frame. The Sehwag should get an entire channel to himself.
Anyway, that headline sent me into super-click mode, leading me to the live scorecard, and I ran to catch it live.
Dilshan has become more successful after being said to have gone the 'Sehwag way', which is all crap. Only Sehwag goes the Sehwag way. Dilshan made a quick hundred and got out. What you get with Sehwag is a man who smashes his way past hundred and tries to multiply it by whatever number appears by randomly picking a finger on his hand.
He may be in the company of Brian "I'm-so-angry-my-team's-losing-so-I'll-break-a-record-maaaaan" Lara and Don "My-team's-invincible-and-I-average-a-hundred" Bradman, but he's Virender "I-see-the-ball-and-try-to-hit-it" Sehwag. He batted so well that Vijay's sublime 87 and Dravid's solid 62 seem like nothing more than good starts.
Tomorrow people will be rushing to catch the match right from the morning, in anticipation of whatever Sehwag can cook up. Even if he gets out first ball, he will be the holder of the top three scores by Indians - that is a good enough feat for anyone.
By the way, Muralitharan has taken 5 wickets at 103 this series.