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Sunday, November 17, 2013

West Indies series - End of THE match

If the first test match was won by India easily, the final test match (THE match as everyone will call it going forward) was won even more easily than the first. The after effect of the series was very similar to one who had enjoyed a good meal at the local restaurant (West Indies) instead of a five-star hotel (South Africa). By not allowing Sachin to bat more than 2 innings in the 2 test match series, the Windies did spoil Sachin's party as they mentioned earlier!

Sachin scored 74 in his final innings, 74 more than what Don had scored in his last innings. Deonaraine had his 'Hollies' moment and all were happy. That is what it finally was - a Happy feel-good series just like the one that you see on the numerous channels on Indian television. No one was bothered about the result or the statistics - they were side-acts in the story.

Sachin's speech was a fitting climax not only to the test match and series but a 24-year career. He ensured that everyone who had made a contribution to his career were covered.

What everyone forgot was the way the top 6 lineup in the Indian team had been replaced completely from the next test match from - Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Ganguly - to the current crop of batsmen - Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rahane. The beginning of Post-Tendulkar era seems to have started on a bright note but one has to remember that it will not be glowing as it is now.

There will be more downs than ups in the near future and these batters will be tested thoroughly. If they can withstand and become tougher, that is what will benefit Indian cricket. PATIENCE then will be the virtue that the Indian public will need in large doses in the coming days. 
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