7th ODI: India wins, yet again

Batting second seems to have become Team India’s big plus these days. The last three series have shown this ability ample number of times. Once gain, Dravid deserves credit for leading from the front.
Robin Uthappa: Uthappa did a superb job of staking a claim for more opportunities. He played a controlled innings and appeared determined to crack a century until his dismissal. With Viru sorely out of form, Uthappa is bound to have a few more chances in the months ahead. Hats off to the team management for trying Uthappa despite a fairly ordinary domestic season after his fine show at the Challenger tournament.
Sreesanth: Finally, he had a creditable outing. His performance this series has been fairly inconsistent and with Munaf around he will still have to fight for a spot in the playing 11. VRV and RP Singh haven’t performed very well this series and one or both of them might not make the WI tour. India’s fast bowling pool seems to be pretty good, though a tearaway fast bowler is still lacking (barring Munaf’s occasional burst).
BTW, is Balaji ever going be fit again?
Dinesh Karthik: He did a fine job behind the stumps. This went completely unnoticed, unfortunately. Understandable though, given the Dhoni phenomenon and the other performances in this match. Dinesh held on to two superb catches.
Yuvraj Singh: He has been in tremendous form. He does strike the ball with great confidence right from the word go. I fully agree with David Gower who recently compared his batting style to that of Brian Lara. He strikes the ball with a lot of power and has a huge backlift. His consistency is questionable at times.
Suresh Raina: He is clearly the find of the series. He showed his class with three crucial fifties and some superb fielding. He is a perfect replacement for Kaif if it came down to it. Unfortunately, his bowling was never tried this series.
A word of caution: All the recent victories by Team India are great. The Ganguly scandal is behind us. The team is winning matches (ODIs) with amazing consistency. There are many youngsters who are performing exceptionally. The future looks bright. But one must remember that all this recent action has occurred on sub-continent wickets. Playing in other parts of the world will most likely be a different ball game. It remains to be seen if the magic can persist!
The WI series will be a good test.
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One Response to 7th ODI: India wins, yet again

  1. Caleb says:

    India’s biggest problem seems to have been solved..

    This Abu Dhabi series will be the last chance for Sehwag..

    If he fails, he will go Ganguly’s way!! And when Sachin comes back, Dravid will go back to his place in middle order at Kaif’s cost if he continues like this

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