August 13, 2008

Indian cricket

What’s in store for the Fab Four?

George Binoy

The new selection committee that will meet to pick the [Indian] squad for Australia’s tour in October-November will have to weigh short-term goals against long-term targets, writes S Ram Mahesh in the Hindu.

For that they must ask themselves if each of the four is likely to succeed consistently in this period — if the tour of Sri Lanka was an aberration, not a portent — and how best to renew the middle-order, so the eventual transition is, as far as possible, painless. First, the tour of Sri Lanka. Was the batting failure entirely a function of the particular — the combination of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis — or was it a sign of decline of physical and mental skill with age and wear?

The most disappointing of performances in a sea of mediocrity that the middle-order wallowed in was Tendulkar's, writes R Kaushik in the Deccan Herald.

In the Hindustan Times, Anand Vasu comes out with his report card on individual players. Not surprisingly, Tendulkar languishes close to the bottom of the pile.

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