Sunday, June 6, 2010

Experiment Over

So, the laboratory experiment is over for Team India and we saw the worst possible reaction as a result. Indian team is now out of this tri-series after losing to Sri Lanka yesterday. This series proved one thing that our youngsters are not as tough as we used to think. Some of them are good but bit overrated and some of them are not ready for the International cricket. Specially bowling didn't look impressive at all.

There was only one positive from yesterday's match. They had promoted Yusuf Pathan up the order and it worked. I think it has re-defined Yusuf's role in the team, though it wasn't a big knock but still it was better. I always wanted to see Pathan batting up the order. 

Ashwin surprised all and showed that he can bat too. In the last few overs his quick-fire knock took India to a respectable total of 268. But, he was unable to create the same magic with the ball, which he showed during the IPL. 

Now, the time has come when Team Management has to re-define Dinesh Karthik's role in the team. He is not fit as a opener and they have to accept it.

This series was the test of our youngsters. There were some good performances too. Rohit and Kohli took one more step forward towards maturity. Rohit deserves a place in the Test team too. Jadeja tried to hide his bad show in World T20, by some good all-round performance this time. 

In the bowling department, only Ashoke Dinda looked impressive. Umesh Yadav is not ready for international cricket yet. He needs to play more domestic matches. 

Now, the next big tournament is Asia Cup. Hoping selectors will pick a team with open eyes and without their egos. Seniors will return in the Team. So, there will be fight for only 2 or 3 places. 

Zimbabwe's good performance was one more positive for cricket from this tournament. They will play against Sri Lanka in the finals. It will be a huge morale booster for them and their fans. Hoping this series will re-establish cricket in Zimbabwe and re-establish Zimbabwe in the cricketing world.

(Image via Associated Press)


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