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Monday, January 11, 2010

Virat Kohli takes India home

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 2 : Virat Kohli...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

In what was an inconsequential match, India coasted to victory thanks to a century by Virat Kohli.

In the morning though, it was good bowling in the beginning by Sudip Tyagi and some smart fielding and catching made Bangladesh lose 5 wickets for less than 100 runs. Once again, India lifted their feet off the pedal and let the opposition score almost 250. That must be the only complaint against the Indian team today. The end-over bowling is still patchy - another area of improvement that must be looked at.

MS Dhoni seems to look at Amit Mishra as one option during the PowerPlay overs - a good strategy that did not work so well today but well worth a try again. Virat Kohli does not seem to be doing anything wrong - what with his average more than 50 now!!! He has moved himself higher in the selection for the full-fledged team (maybe Raina with his slightly-better fielding and bowling might be the favorite still). My wish for Jadeja to get more batting overs was not fulfilled but that is not my complaint.

As Prem Panicker rightly put it in his blog, we were denied the opportunity of seeing Rahul Dravid and possibly Sachin Tendulkar play the finals of the Ranji tournament in Mysore today. Thanks to the BCCI's policies and stubbornness, the prospect looks very doubtful now to happen again.

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