India embarked on their tour to Australia with a 2 day warm up match against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI. Looking at the scorecard one would feel it was a run feast and so it was! Bowlers toiled hard and the batsmen feasted on them. It was a bit surprisingly to see Indians winning the toss and putting the opposition into bat first. It was expected India would bat first to have a good practice for the likes of Gambhir, Sachin, Sehwag, etc.
Tom Cooper, 25 year old right handed batsman and right arm off break bowler was born in New South Wales. He has played International cricket for Netherlands. In 18 ODIs he has scored 1224 runs with 1 century and 7 half centuries. He also has 9 ODI wickets to his name. He is well known for his aggressive batting. Apart from a blistering 182 not out that he scored for CA Chairman's XI, he also scored a brilliant 203 not out against New South Wales while playing for South Australia.
Day 1 was dominated by the CA Chairman's XI as they reached 398 for 6 at stumps and declared. This was an alarming situation for Indians and back there in India the fans started speculating a bad performance. But on Day 2, the Indian batsmen didn't let their fans down. Although not as aggressive as the opposition, but the Indians played pretty well and scored 320 runs at the end of day 2. Although the match ended in a draw but we all got an opportunity to observe some quality batting performances.
Let us look at few of the unsung heroes in this match. Let us not include the Indian batting heroes of this match viz. Sachin, Laxman, Dravid and Rohit Sharma, because they all already renowned cricketers. Let us know more about Wes Robinson who scored 143 with 13 boundaries and 6 sixes, Tom Cooper who scored 182 with 24 boundaries and 3 sixes and also Umesh Yadav who took 3 wickets giving away just 39 runs.
Wes Robinson is left handed batsman and a left arm medium paced bowler. Born on 26th December 1980 in Western Australia; he begun his first class career relatively late. His debut came in October 2008 playing for Western Australia against Queensland. He has scored more than 2000 first class runs with an average of almost 36. He has 2 first class tons to his name and 15 half centuries.