Slightly delirious, if you ask me, but given the circumstances, who can blame Sharda Ugra?
Vivek Kaul pours cold water on this being the rebirth of Test cricket, as only a finance/econ writer can – but a genuinely fun read nonetheless.
Sambit Bal, to end on as perfect a note as we started.
The title of the post is edited (it originally read as “five of the best”) – but here’s more to add in:
Sidvee, being Sidvee. Self-recommending, as they say. (There’s a post about reflections on this essay next week, plijj keep an eye out for it)
Girish, along similar lines.
Greg Baum, gracious as ever.
And a request: send more along! Happy to read as many as you can send, and add all of them in here. Whatay repository this has the potential to be!
Sidvee was kind enough to send along this Twitter thread by @_ImPK. It is ridiculously, impossibly good. Please see the whole thread, for it contains much more – I have only listed here articles from that list that are about the Brisbane test. Thank you, Sidvee and @_ImPK!
Bharat Sundaresan, who points out that this time, it was the Aussies looking at the Indian team in awe. I watched the ’99 series, so I cannot tell you how much this means to me.
There was a point, while watching this match, when – and this is true – I was on a Signal call with a friend who is in Atlanta. He shared his screen with me on the call, because Sony Liv (eff you, Sony Liv, eff you) was on the blink here. Among other things in this post by krtgrphr, this resonated so much.
Geoff Lemon, over in The Guardian.
When Ian Chappell says he’s never seen the likes before, that’s saying something.
Heroes assembled, indeed. Vinayakk Mohanarangan over at Scroll.
Niyantha Shekhar Dunkirks her way through the match. And it is every bit as spellbinding as the movie. For a cricket fan, it’s even better.
For these times, this series. Barney Ronay in The Guardian.
Pant had nine successive scores of 25 or more in Australia heading into the Brisbane test, Rohit Sankar informs us. He does much more than that, of course.
Jarrod Kimber points out that the person who’s been on our screen the most during the series is probably the physio, and it’s not even hypoerbole. (I’m joking, Mr. Pujara, I’m joking.)
Only Prem Panicker can combine Simon Barnes, western novels, and a reference to Horatius in a piece on a cricket match. The Getafix of cricket writers. He’s got one more piece out, but it is behind a paywall, and I cannot read it. But it is Prem Panicker, so sight unseen.
Again, I’m a glutton for more, so if you find more pieces, please, send them along. Thank you.