The second test between India and England at Trent Bridge was literally a 11 vs 12 contest with umpire Simon Taufel helping England in India's first innings.Despite of all his efforts, India managed to defeat England by 7 wickets in the match.My heores for the match are Zaheer Khan,Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly.
India deserved to win this match as they had done everything right.The match had a few moments when the players got a bit verbal with each other but this is a part of test cricket.What I didn't like about the match was the wrong dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly.In the last test match the umpire had reversed his decision when he wrongly adjudged Petersen's decision.If Wimbledon can use Hawk eye,why can't Cricket?
My statement is that when a cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar is standing and staring you after being dismissed,he isn't doing so because he likes your beautiful face.A batsman is not allowed to appeal against the umpire's decision.This the the most he can do.Such appeals should be considered by the umpires.
After this series of wrong LBW decisions,what is being discussed?I'll tell you.The umpires are blaming technology and not the ICC.Nobody wants to go back to the stone age.The technology should be utilized properly by changing the rules suitably.
I have no problem with Simon Taufel.He is the best umpire in the world right now.He has admitted his mistake.This is enough as far as I am concerned.But I feel that ICC should look into this matter carefully.
Another feature of the match was that when it was certain that India would win the match,England resorted to their favorite mode of bowling-Negative body line bowling.
On a lighter note the test match was a great one for India.India are now 1-0 up in the 3 test match series.I am looking forward to the last test match as I am sure it will be interesting.