The big win: – India won the test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean by winning the fourth and final test match at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. This is India’s first test series win in the West Indies after 35 long years. Captain Rahul Dravid sailed against the wind when the visitors were down in both the innings. For his awe-inspiring batting in both the innings, he was duly awarded the Man of the Match, despite the brilliant run by the bowlers Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Sree Santh. Incidentally, Dravid is also the Man of the Series. The Indians looked like the best team in all the four test matches, but bad fortune was the only separation between the win and the draw in all those games. Seriously India should have won the first two test matches. Nonetheless, congratulations to Team India and its inspirational leader!
The big loss: – The best ever English fast bowler Fred Trueman (75) passed away last week. Known for his fiery opening spells with Brian Statham, Trueman was the first bowler in the history of test cricket to have reached the 300 wicket milestone. He enjoyed a brilliant bowling averge of 21 and an outstanding strike rate of 49. In all, he played 67 test matches for 307 wickets. A man who has faced several disciplinary action, Trueman was a storm on the field. On his debut, he threatened India by taking three quick wickets in the second innings and reduced them to zero on the board for the loss of 4 wickets, the other taken by Alec Bedser. His victims on debut included Pankaj Roy, Polly Umrigar, Vijay Manjrekar twice, Vijay Hazare and the less profile Madhav Mantri and Coimbatarao Gopinath! He was also a commentator for BBC Radio for some time. Rest in Peace Fiery Fred….