Popular Myths In Indian Cricket
Indian cricket has a rich history. Since their first Test match, the Indian team has had lots of stories surrounding it and many have become complete folklore.
However, some of those stories are exactly that – stories. There is a fine line between myth and reality, and some stories have proven to be the former.
We take a look at 7 such tales that could only have taken place in a parallel universe:
1. Yuvraj’s 84 came on his ODI debut
It is believed that Yuvraj smashed the Aussies for 84 runs in his first ODI in 2000. But the truth is that it was his first innings but second match. His debut came against Kenya, where he was not required to bat.
2. India lose more when Sachin scores a hundred
The Master Blaster has faced criticism for not winning games with centuries for the country, In reality, however, 33 out of Sachin’s 49 ODI tons have come in a winning cause. He also averages 56.63 whenever India are victorious.
3. Ganguly led India to overseas Test series wins other than Zimbabwe
He may have taught India to win abroad but his only Test series win outside the subcontinent was in Zimbabwe (2005). He drew 1-1 in England (2002) and Australia (2003-04) but never won overseas.
4. Australia stopped enforcing follow-on after Eden loss to India
It was only the 3rd time that a team lost after making the opposition bat twice. Speculation rose that the Aussies were afraid to enforce the follow-on after that 2001 game. But Australia did continue to do so. Steve Waugh did it 7 more times and won all while Ricky Ponting did so on four occasions. Whenever they chose not to, it was for cricketing reasons and had nothing to do with the Eden Gardens Loss.
5. Sehwag’s epic ‘Baap beta dialogue’ to Shoaib
Sehwag recalled how, once, as he neared a double hundred, Shoaib was coaxing him to hook him for six. He responded by pointing to Sachin at the other end – Woh tera baap khara hay non-striker end pay, ussko bol wo maar kay dikhaye gaa. The story goes that Sachin hit Shoaib out of the ground and Sehwag said – Beta beta hota hay, baap baap hota hay. But after some research, statistics expose this myth. Of the four times Sehwag has gone near 200 vs Pakistan, Shoaib played two of them, and Sachin didn’t hit a six in either of them. So it puts the matter to rest.
6. Kumble was successful only on turning tracks at home
Anil Kumble is rated unplayable at home but no big deal abroad. At least that is the general consensus. However, in the 2003-04 period he took 36 wickets in 6 Tests in Australia and Pakistan combined. Earlier in 2002, Kumble had a great tour of England which he repeated in 2007. Truth is, he excelled abroad after turning 30. So, he was a horse for all courses for India.
7. Indian batsmen are not good players with fast bowling
They can dominate spin bowlers, but Indian batsmen have faced difficulty against quality pacers is the believed theory in cricket. While spin is more comfortable for them, the likes of Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman were equally good against fast bowling. In fact between 2002 and 2010, India had an exceptionally good record against pacers. Moreover, back in the 1970s and 1980s, the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath, Dilip Vengsarkar and Mohinder Amarnath were extremely comfortable with spin and pace.
Article by: somak adhikari