Yet another bad day in a forgettable year for the deposed Indian skipper

Imagine yourself as a bowler bowling the final over of a limited overs game (could be at any level, international, domestic, neighborhood whatever) with the opposition requiring 13 runs to win with just one wicket in hand. You say to yourself that you are a decent bowler and you back yourself to contain the batsmen and take your team to a victory. Now say the batsmen somehow manage to squeeze 8 runs off the first 5 deliveries. With five required off the last ball, you would want to think that you have done alright. You put a majority of the fielders on the ropes, say to yourself again that you can do this and try to bowl something that wouldn't give the batsman an opportunity to swing his arms. But as luck would have it, the batsman makes room for himself, swings at it like there is no tomorrow and clobbers the ball over the extra-cover boundary. How do you feel inside? It is one of those - can't explain how sickening it is - kind of horrible feelings. Isn't it?

Now imagine this to be a Deodhar Trophy game between 2 teams placed at the bottom of the points-table. Imagine you are Sourav Ganguly and the batsman who hit you for a six is a 22 year-old rookie from Rajasthan who hasn't even played a dozen games at the domestic level. That inexplicable horrible sickening feeling seems to multiply a dozen times instantaneously. Doesn't it?

Courtesy: The Hindu
A last-ball six off Sourav Ganguly made little-known Rajasthan wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik an instant hero at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium on Monday.

As the ball soared over extra cover to clear the ropes, this 22-year-old left-hander from Banswara conquered his feeling of disbelief, raised his arms in triumph and hugged last-man Harvinder Singh. After all, the duo had taken 14 runs off Ganguly's final over and scripted Central's thrilling one-wicket victory over East in the Deodhar Trophy league encounter.

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Blogger Nagu 8:47 AM

things really not going saurav's way for sure.this is another good example.    



Blogger AndyS 9:08 AM

So, why was Sourav bowling the last over in the first palce? Was he really East zone's best pressure-situation bowler?    



Blogger vishnupavan 7:48 AM

Andys, The 4 main bowlers had finished their quota (and they did really well).. Sourav was filling in the 5th bowlers quota along with 2 others.. Given his experience, he was easily the best choice from the captain's point of view..    



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