• India certainly dominated proceedings on day four of this Test. Or let's say, Virender Sehwag did. The trouble is, because of the flatness of the pitch, and the high moisture content in the air, the ball is doing nothing at all: neither through the air, nor off the pitch. So the bowlers are getting nothing in terms of reverse swing or spin. While the track will probably take some spin tomorrow and on Sunday, today belonged to Sehwag.

    In terms of stroke making, Sehwag's innings was the best I have seen. Sometimes, even though you are in the opposition, you can't help admiring an innings, even if it goes against you. Purely in cricketing terms, Sehwag played an incredible innings. He just proved better than all of us today, and you have to give him credit for that.

    I tried all the options that I could -- my bowlers went over and round the wicket, and were aggressive and defensive by turn-but nothing worked. And the new ball was due but I didn't take it because my bowlers were tired and

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  • The Chappell brothers, Ian and Greg, have always impressed me as serious students of the game.

    Hence, when there is a tricky question or an intriguing situation in the game, they would be the first to apply their minds. This is one of the reasons why I admire them. While the elder, Ian, has wisely decided that his association with Indian cricket would be restricted to the commentary box and columns - "I'd be mad to accept an offer to coach" the younger, Greg, cannot stay away, despite his unfortunate experiences with the top job in the country. The verdict has to be that vested interests and envy combined to conspire to work against his success and the best coach India could have had, was reduced to a victim of Chanakyan intrigue.

    Even then - may be the feeling that he has much to contribute to Indian cricket in an unofficial capacity keeps him here under the aegis of the Rajasthan Cricket Association and the patronage of Indian cricket's latest kingmaker and money spinner, Lalit Modi.

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  • This is what we play for-the tough, gritty battle of Test match cricket is something that any cricketer worth his salt revels in-and we are glad to take up the challenge of beating India in their backyard. The build-up to this tour has not been ideal, with both teams going through their share of controversies, but once the players get away from the people who create the chaos, and the daily reportage of incidents true and false, it becomes easier to focus on the cricket.

    Ideally, players should not have to get involved with what goes on off the field, because that is the realm of administrators. Increasingly, however, it seems difficult to focus solely on cricket, and we can do without off-field distractions on a tour as challenging as this. I think it would be better for everyone across the board to remember that this is all about cricket, and without the game, there are no jobs for anybody, be they administrators or players.

    Thankfully, the cricket starts tomorrow, and once that

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