In Which I Have To Eat My Words About Cricket Rhythms

Bad timing, definition of: Writing a series of posts about how Indian pitches deliver terrible Test cricket rhythms a day before an Indian pitch offers a thriller that has a game go to the wire.

OK, but in my defense, I’m not alone (in wanting Indian pitches not to save all drama for Day 5). Here’s M.S. Dhoni:

“What I would like to see [in Tests in India], played out on fifth-day wicket [in Mumbai]; I want the pitches to turn from the very first day,” Dhoni said, expressing surprise at the ample turn and bounce offered on the final day. “It sets off a bit of panic in the opposition’s dressing room and, at the same time, you [India] are under pressure to perform as well. That what makes it interesting.”

The Mumbai match reminded me of the Adelaide fiasco, when the English suddenly caved against the Australians and allowed them to romp home after five days of utterly boring cricket. There is a lot of fun to be had in this rhythm (especially the quick turn from slow and predictable to manic and crazy). But, again, I don’t think it’s ideal because it reduces the first two innings (four whole days in this case) to irrelevance.
On the other hand, I did stay up until 6 a.m. to watch the final ball from Fidel Edwards. So that says where my heart is.

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