D-Day @ Dharamsala
It’s perhaps one of the most beautiful venues in the world to play cricket. And while we have enjoyed the shorter formats of the game here, this is the first time ever that #StadiumGorgeous is playing host to a Test Match. Day 1. Of the first ever Test. At India’s 27th Test venue. That’s Big Ticket Next even before the captains walked out for the toss!
The best water boy in the history of the game.
He was ruled out of the playing XI. And everyone thought that this was a setback the Indian team would find it tough to recover from. But it is impossible to keep Virat Kohli out of the game. He walked onto the gorgeous Dharamsala green as a water boy for his team. The sigh that went around the ground, we tell you. It was like the Dhauladhars would tremble!
India’s High Five
So what if Virat wasn’t on the field, his brand of positive, aggressive cricket was on full display as India went into the decider with 5 bowlers in their side. Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwars Kumar coming in plae of Ishant Sharma, Ashwin, Jadeja and the inspired choice of a Chinaman in the Dalai Lama’s city – Kuldeep Yadav. It isn’t often that we see India play this combination. Five specialist bowlers in an Indian side – that’s Big Ticket Next.
Kuldeep Yadav’s dream debut
Watching him bamboozle the opposition, scuttle the batsmen, rattle the wickets and twist and turn the Aussie innings upside down was a pleasure beyond description. We don’t know what stand-in skipper Rahane was thinking, bringing him on only in the post-lunch session. But we are glad he bowled. From a very respectable 131 for 1 to 300 all out the second and third sessions of pay belonged to debutant Kuldeep Yadav. What a Big Ticket Next debut – only the third chinaman to take 4 wickets on debut.
Pune’s big hope
With the IPL season looming on the horizon, the Pune franchisee has reason to cheer. Their captain, who is currently captaining Australia, went on to score yet another superlative century. It looks like this man can do no wrong. When everything around him was folding, he stood tall, yet again. Well played, Captain.
India survived the tricky last over
It’s the toughest thing to do. To come out at the end of a long day of play. And survive the only over you were going to face that day. But India did themselves credit. And tomorrow is a fresh new day.
The stadium rang with the cheers of those who had booked their tickets to witness the most fascinating stage of the Border Gavaskar trophy. Day 2 is sure to be full of excitement. Book your Big Ticket to catch all the ringside action. Now. Only on zoonga.com