Aggressive batting the need of the hour

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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Way back in April 1976, at Port of Spain, the mighty West Indies set India a victory target of 403. India made history by making 406 for four.

Then in 1979,at the Oval (England), India chased 438 and finished at 429 for eight for an honorable draw. Yet another chance to make an epoch-making victory came India's way in the Adelaide Test 1999.

How come that India, despite going to this match with six batsmen, made a mess of it? India's deeds at Port of Spain and the Oval naturally gave a special status for the Indian batting line-up on foreign soil. In the Port of Spain Test, India was playing against Clive Lloyd's formidable pace-battery.

Sunil Gavaskar and G R Viswanath hit a century each while Mohinder Amarnath (85) and Brijesh Patel (49 not out) played their respective roles in admirable fashion.

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