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Deconstructing the gentleman's game

Mindgames... contd.

Continuing with the psyching out strategy that Australians employ on visiting teams, Shane Warne warned that Ganguly will have to face a lot of chin music on the tour of Australia. Knowing Ganguly's weakness against the short-pitched stuff, it looks certain that Ganguly would be subjected to lot of bouncers that would have him hopping all over the crease. His brief stints out in the middle during the warm-up matches have not inspired any confidence, either in him or in us!!

Going one step further, Justin Langer has openly declared that Australia wants to demoralise the Indians by going after their bowling in the first test itself. He cites the example of the World Cup final where a calculated onslaught by the Aussie openers had all but finished the Indian threat in the first over of the match itself! But even though this may be true, I feel that the Indians should bowl first if they win the toss tomorrow. One reason for that is the grass on the pitch. It will help the Indian bowlers and might just give them the boost that they need to get fired up. Moreover, the Indian batting line-up, on a green wicket on the first day of a test match, is not something to look forward to!! So, it is best that Indian bowlers should bite the bullet and go all out after the Aussie openers!!

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