August 31, 2008

India in Sri Lanka 2008

Save the celebrations for later

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Reviewing India's tour of Sri Lanka, Ayaz Memon feels that despite India's spirited comeback in the one-dayers, there were more questions raised than answered as the tour progressed. Most worrying is the performance of the Fab Four and that the new generation of Indian cricket did not exactly cover itself in glory in the ODIs to suggest that the Old Guard is entirely dispensable. Read on in DNA.

I wholeheartedly endorse Dilip Vengsarkar’s statement that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is emerging as a great captain, but I think his belief that the victory over Sri Lanka in the one-day series must rate as one of the finest in Indian cricket history is a bit exaggerated — or premature.

In the Hindustan Times, Ravi Shastri gives India a good report card and praises the new-ball bowlers for sinking the opposition before they could even put up a fight.

Bowlers rarely get the same space as batsmen in newsprint or on prime time but this time they did. I can't recall when each one, in isolation or as a group, was so telling. Zaheer, Praveen, Munaf or Harbhajan and Pragyan Ojha earned everyone's respect.

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