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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Lower order?

Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal are putting up a much better fight than many expected, and this win might not be so routine for India, if it comes at all. It has become a regular affair now, Pakistan's lower order putting up a better show that their top order. This reminds me of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. No, not because he was known as an "Iron Man" and all that, but because of a comment he once made about India.

The Indian cricket team, in those days, often collapsed in the first innings and fought back well on the second. That prompted Patel to say: "Maybe they should play their second innings first."

So if he was still around would he have said of Pakistan that their lower order should bat before their top order? Perhaps. As in the case of his previous statement, of course, it wouldn't be a suggestion but a lament.
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