Posted by: Prashanth Rajan | March 5, 2008

CB cup comes to India- Indians call the shots

Praveen -Deadly swingPraveen -Deadly swingPraveen -Deadly swingThe masterThe masterThe masterThe masterThe masterThe masterThe master A splendid display of teamwork shown by India over the past week to bring it its first ODI series victory overseas since the historic Natwest series win in England way back in 2002. Dhoni has again proved as a captain that he is well worth the responsibility he has been assigned. Great work by the inexperienced Praveen Kumar but Pathan and Piyush failed to fire. The master blaster needs no appraisal since it is just another one of his capabilities.Bah! What would India do without him! Harbhajan showed that he is a man of great character and his over was a vital break-through. Despite the racist allegations and the highly objectionable crowd behavoiur, Bhaji has endured all of that mind games and his wicket especially the one of that of Symonds was really pleasing. Praveen Kumar’s dangerous ability to swing the ball both ways proved too much for the Australians and their power hitters had no answers to his aeroswingionics. Lee was surprisingly unimpressive and he went for a lot of runs.

Praveen -Deadly swing

With such a performance on their backs, India has surely built  a strong core but the question still remains- Only one out of the big three are currently playing in the team and it looks like India is not really missing Dada and the wall Dravid. Surely India can use their experience and their expertise but has their ODI tenure coming to a halt or will it persist? This is left to the selectors. Vengsarkar did not do a bad job this time around-The Indians did have a memorable series Down Under lest the controversies. One thing surely can’t change. Players may come in and go out, but Tendulkar isn’t out until he has an injury. The fact that even though Dhoni and Tendulkar were not fit during the match, they played really well. Sachin persisting groin pain and going on to score another important knock just justifies how great an individual he is. Dhoni, even though not his swashbuckling self now a days, was good in captaincy especially his brave and interesting choice of bowlers. All along, it was quite an interesting series and India did have a lot of experimentation. Finally what matters is India has dispelled critics and brought home the cup. Way to go,India!

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