Sydney (The Telegraph): India won only 25 per cent of their Test matches in 2011, but Rahul Dravid finished as the leading scorer (1,145 runs) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ended the year as the most successful 'keeper (50 dismissals). It's a first for both.
Additionally, Virat Kohli finished as the leading scorer in ODIs — 1,381 runs. An absolute first for him as well.
On Saturday morning, The Telegraph spoke to all three toppers at Melbourne airport. The following are excerpts:
DRAVID (No.1 Test batsman in 2011): It's a nice statistic, but I'm rather blase about such things... There's work to be done (in the ongoing series).
DHONI (No.1 Test 'keeper in 2011): That I've been the most successful means that our bowlers have done well! They made the batsmen offer catches and also gave me the opportunity for stumpings... I realise we didn't do well as a team and the 0-4 defeat in England dragged us down. Next year, we'll be playing a lot at home, which should be an advantage.
"People have been saying things, but the MCG Test was only my fifth and the first in Australia. I've never got desperate in ODIs and don't intend being so in the Tests," Kohli said.Yahoo! Cricket – Sun 1 Jan, 2012 5:08 PM IST
Sydney (The Telegraph): India won only 25 per cent of their Test matches in 2011, but Rahul Dravid finished as the leading scorer (1,145 runs) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ended the year as the most successful 'keeper (50 dismissals). It's a first for both.Read More »from I want to do well in Test cricket: Kohli
Lee also said the young James Pattinson has got the credentials to spearhead Australia's attack.By Lokendra Pratap Sahi | Yahoo! Cricket – Thu 29 Dec, 2011 9:55 AM IST
Melbourne (The Telegraph): Brett Lee, who continues to force batsmen on the back foot, spoke to The Telegraph, at the MCG, around lunch time on Wednesday.Read More »from If you can't get along with Dravid, then you're struggling in life: Lee
The following are excerpts:
Having flown in from Sydney on the morning after playing in the KFC Big Bash at the SCG
Yeah... It was good to win last night. It was a close game against the Melbourne Stars.
His thoughts at lunch on Day III of the Boxing Day Test
Australia have taken the lead, and while it's not much, I reckon the team which has gone ahead has the best chance to travel to the SCG 1-0 up... Had Virat Kohli, at least, stayed till the break, India would've harboured hopes of taking the lead... The day should have a huge bearing on this series... We have the makings of a fantastic Test.
Sachin Tendulkar still going strong
Yes, I started my Test career (1999-00) bowling to him and while I'm through with Tests, he's holding centre stage... Look, for me, Sachin has been the best... If any parent wants their son to learn the perfect
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels Gautam Gambhir is a really good foil for the aggressive Virender Sehwag.By Lokendra Pratap Sahi | Yahoo! Cricket – Wed 28 Dec, 2011 11:35 AM IST
Melbourne (The Telegraph): Former Australia captain Mark Taylor, a triple centurion in Test cricket, spoke to The Telegraph at the MCG on Tuesday.Read More »from No ideal temperament for an opener: Mark Taylor
Taylor, incidentally, is one of the directors of Cricket Australia.
The following are excerpts:
His thoughts on the India openers
VIRENDER SEHWAG: He's a terrific player... Anyone who enjoys the game will enjoy watching Sehwag, it's as simple as that. I had Michael Slater in my time and, now, you have Sehwag... We also had Matthew Hayden and, in the ODIs, Adam Gilchrist... The attacking type of an opener... The dashing ones... Don't forget Sehwag has two triple hundreds in Test cricket... It takes a lot to get a triple, but what's surprising is that he's the only Indian with a 300... I've seen Sehwag score 195 in less than a day at the MCG, eight years ago... He's some opener, getting his runs quickly.
GAUTAM GAMBHIR: He's a really good foil for Sehwag... He's more the classical type, an accumulator... Gambhir brings that lovely contrast...
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