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It’s time to exploit India’s weak areas, opines Herchelle Gibbs



Wednesday, February 24, 2022
'India is missing Bhajji'


Somehow wins have eluded us in close finishes and the Jaipur day-nighter was one more to the list. It was a great encounter and the game was more in our bag than India’s, until things changed towards the end.

We have taken the result in our stride and we shall bounce back soon. After the Jaipur match I had almost eight hours of sleep though I normally have six to seven hours usually. Also the flight to the next destination Gwalior was also of two hours so we all have been pretty relaxed.

Looking back, I feel that we lost too many wickets at regular and crucial intervals, which didn’t help as once again Jacques Kallis anchored the innings brilliantly but had no one on the other end. Ideally, someone should have stayed on till the fag end for Kallis to do the rest. It was, however, heartening to see the likes of Dale Steyn strike good with the bat. His partnership with Wayne Parnell (65 runs) for the 9th wicket provided for a great run and turned the match on its head.

There has been some debate about the second-last ball save at the boundary rope by Sachin Tendulkar. To me the television doesn’t lie, and to be fair to the third umpire did have a pretty long look at the replays. The decision of ruling in favour of the fielder seemed fair and we need to live with it.

So, now it’s over to Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior, where I haven’t played before but have been briefed to be smallish ground, which also has a reputation of being a lucky venue for the Indians. We shall look at the surface and take a call on an extra spinner. The wicket at Jaipur was a good one. I hope Gwalior will also be a very good track.

India have taken the 1-0 lead and it’s going to be a do-or-die game for us to save the three-match series. The win for MS Dhoni and his men wasn’t as convincing just as was the loss for us. Our players will surely rise to the challenge. The youngsters in the Indian side showed some calm nerves the other night, but I can still sense them missing the big names, especially Harbhajan.

Time to exploit the weak areas and plug our shortcomings. The Gwalior game should be a cracker and could balance the Micromax Mobile Cup series all the more tantalizingly. Gear up for another exciting day-night encounter on the morrow and you can catch all the action live on Neo Cricket.
 


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