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Dhoni, Pathan Duo haul India out of spot

23 January 2006 No Comment

When I wrote my last blog in the afternoon after hearing the dismal performance by the Indian middle order, I should admit that I did not expect this excellent performance from the two India’s future.

It was clear that the Pakistanis where climbing the hill faster, but in came two big obstacles for them holding the names as Dhoni and Pathan. This two promising young talents displayed their batting ability down in the order.

For Pathan this is not the first time though. When I listen somebody saying he is a becoming allrounder, I swear I never believed in their words. For me he is already a very talented allrounder. I will rate him next to Kapil Dev. If England has found Flintoff, Indians have Pathan. The maturity he has shown throughout the day is simply great. The feel for India’s fight back was seen in all the balls that Pathan faced from the pace batteries of Pakistan.

Man what to say about this fellow. He makes all of us feel as though the ball is very light and the bowlers are not actually bowling. It may look like an exaggeration but it is true. You will know that if you had seen the match.

With the power he swings the bat, I don’t think he needs to hit the ball at all. If the wind out of his bat swing touches the ball is more than enough.

Shoaib Akthar came firing to Dhoni when he was on 97 only to see that the very first ball is hit over extra covers for four. What a way it was to bring his another quick fire century.

Akthar responded, in the next over, with two sharp bouncers; Pathan went under both, smiled broadly at the bowler, then pulled the next delivery in front of square. Did I mention ‘mature’? There was much of that quality in evidence, in the way the two batsmen handled the task, the bowling, and the extraneous aggravation.

Irfan Pathan and Mahendra Dhoni walked out with the team still needing 51 runs to avoid the follow on. The two had not only brought the Indians back into the game but at a blistering speed.

All the bowlers challenged Dhoni but only to give some high power fours and huge sixes. The game is still on with Dhoni and Pathan still not finished with the runs and the job done. They will come tomorrow morning, for whatelse do you think? I know for what Dhoni and Pakistan bowlers will come. Its not a sudoku puzzle as Shane Warne once quoted.

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