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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Bajji hits the headlines

Right, done the conference -- for today, though tomorrow and day after are more of the same -- and back, with a good four hours or more of work ahead of me.
Wanted my cricket fix, though, so went trawling through the British papers to see what they had made of Harbhajan's six-for against Hampshire.
The most detail comes from The Guardian:
By the time Harbhajan came on in the 19th over Hampshire were holding out on a wicket that looked to be favouring seam, with Jimmy Ormond in particular getting bounce and movement.
The Indian spinner, however, playing his third championship match, was given an over before tea to test the wicket. The increase in danger was obvious. Two overs later he bagged John Crawley, a batsman with a reputation for liking spin - the edge flying to Richard Clinton at forward short square leg.
His second victim, Craig McMillan, chose to attack rather than defend, dancing down the wicket only to be stumped by Jonathan Batty for 17. Graham Lamb managed to bat-pad to Ormond at short gully and by then the benefit of spin had become so obvious that Ormond himself switched for a few overs of off-spin, but to little effect.
Watching from the other end was Chris Benham, making his debut at the Rose Bowl. He must have wondered at the change in a strip which the previous day had granted Warne a measly two wickets from 21 overs. However he had scrabbled his way to 41 before being deceived by the ball that has been under close inspection: Harbhajan's doosra turned away from his bat and into the hands of Ali Brown at slip.
Sean Ervine managed an even finer edge to give Batty his third victim before Warne got himself out twice in the same over - once caught in the covers off a no-ball then being bowled to give Harbhajan his sixth victim.

The Telegraph, too, gives Bajji big play:
Harbajhan Singh's brilliant display of spin bowling turned the pitch here into a nest of vipers for Hampshire, giving Surrey the opportunity to inflict a lethal sting by the close tonight.
The Rose Bowl groundstaff's 'zebra' special, shorn white at both ends and verdant green in the middle to maximise the potency of Shane Warne and Chris Tremlett over four days, proved especially helpful to the Indian finger-spinner. Playing in his third championship match for Surrey, who between tea and the close destroyed Hampshire, Singh took six for 36 and gave Surrey's captain, Graham Thorpe, the opportunity to make them follow on, which he is bound to do.
Few batsmen had any clue how to play Singh's infinite variety of offbreaks and Chris Benham, making his championship debut for Hampshire at the Rose Bowl, failed to spot his doosra and was caught by Alistair Brown in the slips having impressed with a worthy 41.
A few also played as if they had forgotten to pay their brain bills, including the experienced Craig McMillan, who charged down the wicket to Singh and was effortlessly stumped by Jonathan Batty.
John Crawley faced seven balls before he was caught off bat and pad at short leg and Warne became Singh's final victim, though it was Jimmy Ormond, coming off four paces, who brought Hampshire's sorry first effort to a close on 146, nine wickets falling in a little over 30 overs.

The Independent's resident poet must have been on headline duty; the match report comes titled Hampshire hit for six by Harbhajan's box of tricks. And unlike the other reports that focus on the bowling, this one gives a nod to Bajji's little cameo of 25 with the bat off 16 balls.
It took him a little while but Harbhajan Singh, known as the "Turbanator", finally got into the swing of things and left Hampshire in a right old spin yesterday.
Having done his bit with the bat, when he and Dominic Thornely ensured a fourth batting point for Surrey, Harbhajan achieved his first five-wicket haul for his new employers.

And if you still haven't had enough, there is the piece in The Times, which doesn't say too much you haven't read by now.


  • Good to see Bajji do well for Surrey.

    Actually, this is the first time I have looked at his international record; 199 wickets in 45 matches.

    Assuming he has atleast another 10 years of cricket left, he could play another 100 Tests and end up with 600 wickets (or more)!


    By Anonymous Saurabh wahi, at 08:49  

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