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Thursday, December 10, 2009

India's test future needs to be closely monitored

After India's defeat against Sri Lanka in the Nagpur T20 as well as reading Harbhajan's article on Cricinfo, it is a question whether India is hungry enough to win in T20 and test matches.

Background - India, with new faces and a brave fresh captain, won the T20 World Cup in South Africa. The win, started the boom of T20 matches marketed innovatively by Lalit Modi as the IPL circus. The players made truckloads of money because of the business model of the IPL. In T20 internationals however, the team has been losing almost every other match against significant opposition.

The present - India thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and more to get to the No.1 slot. This was one of the achievements that was really treasured by the current pack as well as the ones who were part of the team in the near past. Of course, the entire nation enjoyed the achievement with media going overboard as usual.

The ODI pinnacle is the one that is missing in the Indian team's cabinet. Of course, they were No.1 in the ICC rankings also, but the World Cup has been absent from 1983 onwards.

Hence, the question for the team is whether the focus going forward will be only on the ODI matches. The scheduling of test matches also does not help the Indians. MS Dhoni and Gary Kirsten might have the answers.
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