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Saturday, March 03, 2012

Oz series - India finish a disappointing tour

The Indian team finished their long tour to Australia in a manner that reflected their performance throughout - disappointing. Despite the valiant chase that was put up by the batsmen against Sri Lanka at Hobart, the Sri Lankan win yesterday meant that the Indians had to take the next flight back.

Virat Kohli and Umesh Yadav were the best performers on either sides though Zaheer Khan did his best whenever he played. Other than these, the rest of the players faltered to deceive. Gautam Gambhir came into his own in spurts but did not achieve the consistency that would have earmarked him for further greatness.

Whether it is the senior batsmen in tests or the younger ones in ODIs, the performance was consistently depressing. The bowlers were marginally better and put the team in likely scenarios of winning only for the batsmen to fail (except the last match).

A lot more work needs to happen on the technique and temperament of the young batsmen but the focus will shift to the IPL very soon. This only highlights the focus of the Indian cricket and its administrators. The selection committee could have taken hard decisions by talking to the senior players and resting them for Asia Cup.

Other than Sehwag, the only drastic measure taken was the promotion of Kohli as the vice-captain (a sign to Gambhir that he was not right in his comments against the captain). Will the team management give the younger players (like Rahul Sharma) a chance against the minnows in Asia Cup is to be seen. If even this opportunity is not used for the betterment of the team, God only can help Indian cricket.
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