Cheers and Jeers: Sweep and weep

Five important moments from day three of the second Test between India and Australia in Hyderabad. It could be a cheer or a jeer.

Merv Hughes took a catch in Hyderabad!

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The indecision over Sachin Tendulkar’s decision

Was he out or not? James Pattinson managed to extract an edge, by sending a ball down the leg side to Sachin Tendulkar. The appeal wasn’t vociferous, and umpire Erasmus had his own doubts, so he decided to get in touch with the third umpire. After a bit of cord-tugging, and a lengthy conversation through the ear piece, the finger was raised.

For the crowd, that had greeted him with a cheer when he came out, Tendulkar’s departure would have been as bad as skipping phirni after biryani.

Pattinson sends Pujara back with a handshake


Cheteshwar Pujara got on his toes, to hook a ball that was growing on him. While he had played the shot well before, things didn’t go as per plan this time around, as Doherty went forward with his hands outstretched, to complete the dismissal. If Pujara had scored another 34 runs, he would have scored more runs than what Australia put together in the first inning. That’s probably the reason why James Pattinson ran up to him, as Pujara was walking away to the dressing room, for a handshake that had ‘well done’ written all over it.

Three cheers for Dhoni

While all bragging rights were reserved for Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in a hurry, as he struck three fours on the trot off Xavier Doherty. With the declaration on his mind, the ‘Jharkhand Jadoogar’ was keen on getting some quick runs on the scoreboard. So much so, that he outscored Virat Kohli who was around for a much longer period of time.

44 off 43. If anybody wants a new skipper, here he is.

Left and not right


David Warner cut a delivery, as India’s best fielder got ready to take a catch at gully. It looked like Virat Kohli took his eyes off the ball at the last moment, as the cherry approached him. Dropped. Happens to the best, one must say.

Say that again.

Ed Cowan edged Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and the ball flew to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s right. The man put in a one-handed dive, but failed to get his glove around the ball. While Warner made his way out, Cowan remained unbeaten, matching his opening partner’s score (26) at stumps. Will he make India pay for this mistake?

Hughes takes a catch. Merv, not, Phil


David Warner stepped out to hit Ravichandran Ashwin, and the ball sailed over into the crowd, where a gentleman with a handle bar moustache took the catch, threw it back in the air, and caught it again. With a wide smile on his face, he threw the ball back, before giving away a high-five. The cameras made it a point to focus on him.

Ladies and gentlemen. Say hello to Merv Hughes.

Sweep and weep


Australia have only themselves to blame, for the two wickets that they lost on day three. David Warner tried to sweep, missed, as the ball beat the arc being made the bat. Both Dhoni and Ashwin celebrated with a raised right hand. One down.

Hughes would follow.

Like Warner, Hughes too got down on one knee, only to find the ball ricocheting off him. The ball would go on to hit the stumps, leaving the left-hander with nothing but a duck against his name on the scoreboard. It’s the shot selection that did them in, not the delivery.

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