Firstly, my apology to all my readers(I think I only have one reader :D) for my long absence from the blog as I was busy designing a blog for all Hollywood fans and will surely post about it on this blog after it gets completed.
So yeah this post is titled “A cricketing moment to remember” and this is about a cricketing incident in Indian cricket which just came into my mind from nowhere today morning. Of course there have been numerous incidents in cricket but this one was a special one for me. 🙂
The time goes back to the India-Australia Test Series in 2007 which I think is one of the most controversial test series involving India after that racist war between Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds, plus the controversial umpiring decisions in the Sydney test match which India lost. So, going into the 3rd test match in Perth, India were 2-0 down in the series.
Now, India won the toss and chose to bat first in the Perth Test and were bowled out for 330 but the bowlers bounced back well and bowled out Australia for 212. Of course people might say how well VVS Laxman and Irfan Pathan (Man of the Match) played in that game and without a doubt they did play well, but what was more noteworthy was R.P. Singh’s contribution as a tail-ender in the second innings.
India were struggling in the second innings at 235-8, while laxman was still at the crease when R.P. Singh walked into the middle and I still Harsha Bhogle saying that “The only way R.P. Singh knows to bat was one foot down the leg side and a swing of the bat towards mid-wicket” and that’s true without a doubt because that’s the tailender way of batting. But he did show outstanding courage in that innings by forming a crucial 50 run partnership which led India to a reasonable total. He made only 30 runs of 73 balls but important thing was he helped VVS Laxman who always bats well against Australia and created a vital partnership which in the end helped India to win the match.
Now, some people might say that “What was the big deal ?? Any tailender could have done that ??” , but the incident that happened after R.P. Singh got out was worth watching. Each and every person in the Indian dressing room, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and even legend Sachin Tendulkar stood up, clapped and acknowledged what he had done. I can still remember Sunil Gavaskar’s word when he was returning to the dressing room, he said “What a moment !! Even the senior most and the oldest member of the Indian Team, Sachin Tendulkar is appreciating what this man R.P. Singh has done for the team” !! 🙂