Friday was India's day in the Ahmedabad Test against New Zealand. The mastery of Sachin Tendulkar, the admirable approach-work of Sadagopan Ramesh and the silken touch of Sourav Ganguly all took the home team to an enviable stage of 311 for 3.This was only the first day of the third and final Test. India had won the second Test in Kanpur.The first Test in Mohali was a drawn game.
Ramesh recorded his second Test hundred from seven matches while Tendulkar was still there with his 21st Test century. Ganguly (51) was in the company of his skipper. Tendulkar did a world of good for India by winning the toss on a pitch that promised a grand day for the batsmen. Ramesh, who lost his opening partner Debang Gandhi with the score at 20, performed with utmost confidence. He put on 82 runs for the second wicket with Rahul Dravid (33).
Dravid looked set for a big score today but a thicker edge off Vettori landed into the gloves of wicket keeper Parore. Then came the best moments for India. Ramesh and Tendulkar exposed the limitations of the rival attack adding 80 runs before Ramesh himself erred perhaps for the first time this day. His 110 came off 169 balls and he occupied the crease for nearly four hours.
A commandable effort indeed by a batsman who is expected by the critics to attain nimble foot-work. His temperament and ability to play within his limitations gave Ramesh a glorious spot on this day. The greatness of Tendulkar lies in his amazing skill to adopt his style and methods according to the situation. Today, like on several occasions during his 10-year career, Tendulkar proved that he could be a master-blaster in One-Day cricket, and, a brilliant grafter of runs in Test cricket.
His innings building capacity was really an education to ambitious aspirants. Only for a brief moment did the greatman err during his unbeaten knock today. When on 93 he stunned everyone with a mishit that was dropped by Nathan Astle. The fielder, from the first slip ran about 10 yards to get under the ball but allowed the ball to slip off his palm.