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Perfect start to the battle royale

Friday, October 01, 2021

It’s India Australia again and that means you are literally watching every second of the game. You just can’t take your eyes away lest you should miss a banter between Zaheer and Ponting for starters. Besides the action on the field, probably the best part of the profession that I have chosen is a chance to get to meet some fine characters. Tom Moody, a professional is the latest in the list. An imposing personality, thank god, I’m not standing alongside him presenting a show. He is huge! Our cameramen had to get all of us early to make sure all appear to be at the same level. Tough work behind the scenes you see.

Very Australian, the man who has played over a decade of cricket for the team from down under is a quieter, thinking version whose passion comes through big time. And he is to the point. Besides cricket, is passionate about Aussie rules football and was trying to find out who is going to beam the grand finale in Australia being played over the weekend. He wanted to “educate” Venkatesh Prasad and me about the sport. Sorry Tom, we probably are the last to get interested in that because at the moment there is lot of cricket plus plenty of football happening over the weekend.

Having been associated with various teams across the world in different capacities, I thought it’s a great idea to talk about captaincy. The idea of a great captain was reinforced when I had a chance to interact with Ian Chappell in the last edition of the Border Gavaskar trophy. Mahela Jayawardene, the Aussie feels is one of the better captains he has seen in modern day cricket. He is always one over ahead of the game. Little wonder then, Sri Lanka enjoyed some of the best phases under Mahela.

The Australian captain though will have reasons to be disappointed during the day. What appeared to be a good start, courtesy Indian indiscipline withered away despite a Shane Watson century. On an individual level, Watson has reasons to be pleased with his effort but in the context of the match, did that hundred pull Australia back? Could Australia have gotten closer to 300 if not more at the end of day one? Will get clearer as the battle moves into day two.

Will join you guys soon with the next share of our work behind the scenes soon.