What is it with ridiculously young Indian batsmen? They just think they can come over here and chase down 300 plus one-day scores without so much as a hint of knock-kneed panic or paralysing defeatism.
Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif are prime examples and yesterday Robin Uthappa, 21, shrugged his shoulders with India needing ten an over or whatever and proceeded to play the ball precisely where the fielders weren’t.
You know whose fault it is, don’t you? It’s Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid‘s. It always is.
Sachin Tendulkar was all of 17 when he hit 119 to save the Old Trafford test in 1990. Sourav Ganguly was 23 when he hit hundreds in his first two Tests at Lord’s and then Trent Bridge in 1996. Rahul Dravid made 95 and 84 in those same two matches – also his first two Test appearances.
England v India, sixth one-day international at The Oval
England 316-6 (Owais Shah 107 not out, Kevin Pietersen 53, Luke Wright 50)
India 317-8 (Sachin Tendulkar 94, Sourav Ganguly 53)