Pleas to DravidThe ongoing NatWest series proves that one of the ingredients needed for a great series is a pair of teams that can make some embarrassing tactical mistakes mixed with sublime skills. Of those in world cricket, the ones with an impeccable record in this area are West Indies, India, Pakistan, and England.
For two games in a row, Rahul Dravid has persisted with bringing Gautam Gambhir on at #3. On both occasions, the serious lad has tried his best to uproot the rails of the train, but just failed, having to pick it up when he sees the whites of the headlights. This when Dravid himself has had great success up the order earlier in the series, with his efforts in Bristol rivalling his first great supreme batting hit in Taunton in 1999, where he began his innings as if he was in the middle of a net with schoolboys.
Tendulkar and Ganguly, for all their brilliance, have continued to serve up at least one cock-up per match. If Ganguly had come out in time to run for SRT instead of surveying the sunset in the company of the English 12th man on the boundary waiting for a thigh pad, Tendulkar might have saved his wicket and more importantly, India wouldn't have wasted 12 balls (crucial as it turned out) looking for a run. At the other end, Gambhir was as explosive as a wooden-legged geriatric fly caught in a Fevicol-spewing spider's web. Tendulkar himself should have just gone off if he couldn't stand up without the assistance of a bat. Strange things keep happening.
It's fun to watch, though.