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Thursday, January 12, 2006

A job well begun..

is a job half done.

One of the key factors in India's successful test series in 2003-04 in Australia and Pakistan was that they started both series very well. Saurav Ganguly's 144 in Brisbane and Virender Sehwag's triple in Multan set the tone very well, and put the opposition on the back foot.

Sunny Gavaskar also made the point that on foreign tours, it is the first test where India has always faltered badly, and once that happens, it is very difficult to fight back.

Pakistan isnt exactly a "foreign tour", especially now with the pitches also being "regular sporting wickets" rather than the promised greentops. Yet,given the immense hype and build up, and the inevitable pressure, the first day or two of the test series could be crucial, in terms of grabbing the momentum and putting the pressure on the opposition.

In this respect, if Sehwag,Sachin,Pathan or Bhajji can land a few killer blows, it could make a huge difference, no?


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