June 26, 2013

More power to youth

India won the Champions Trophy in unfamiliar conditions and without many of their experienced players. What they had were free-spirited cricket and good fielding
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When Sunil Gavaskar retired, there were concerns about what would happen to India. Who would now stand up to the big bad fast bowlers of the world? As it turned out, two years later Sachin Tendulkar arrived and we had another little master who not only stood up to the fast bowlers but also managed to put some of them to the sword.

This Champions Trophy-winning Indian team under MS Dhoni was devoid of the recent stalwarts of Indian cricket. No Tendulkar, no Sehwag, no Gambhir, no Harbhajan, no Zaheer, no Yuvraj. But the young team put up one of the most impressive performances by an Indian team overseas to prove that when stars leave, very often they just make space for future stars to come in. As long as the sport is popular in the country, this generally happens.

After India's disasters in England and Australia in the last two years, there was a feeling in some parts of the media that it was time to let the ageing players go. But with that came the typical apprehension: Who will take over from these greats? Is anyone good enough to replace them?

I believe however great a player you are, there comes a time when you become a liability to the team. Smart and brave selectors recognise the signs earlier than most and sideline these players before they can go on to do damage to the team.

In India this takes a little longer to happen, because selectors fear the wrath of the millions of fans, who are emotionally attached to these players, and the media, which generally whips up the popular mood. It needs a brave selector to take this kind of step at the right time and face the fury that his decision inevitably brings forth. Indian selectors tend to wait for the performances of ageing stars to dip hugely so that dropping them does not trigger a heavy backlash.

By that time substantial damage is done, like with the 8-0 Test losses in England and Australia and the 2-1 defeat to England at home. A player's experience is invaluable to the team but there comes a time when that experience starts to become heavy baggage for him, which he carries with him everywhere on the field. It's an extra weight on his mind and consequently on his body.

Let me give you a case in point. In the first game of this Champions Trophy, when India batted first in Cardiff, despite Dale Steyn's absence, the South African attack led by Morne Morkel, on an English pitch, against a team that had a reputation of being sitting ducks against pace and bounce, looked intimidating. The Indian batsmen were new, a bit wet behind their ears. Indian fans feared the worst.

Sure, the pitch turned out to be flat, but it was not one that lacked pace or had low bounce. The way Shikhar Dhawan went after the South African pace attack was sensational. He was aggressive against the short ball and danced down the pitch to the big South African fast bowlers to hit them over covers. In Cardiff, not Rajkot. Rohit Sharma, his opening partner, did not hold back either. For me, that partnership in Cardiff set the tone for India's eventual triumph in the tournament. Dhawan's free-spirited batting at the top, minus excess baggage, served Indian cricket well.

With youth in the team, along with free-spirited cricket, you also get good fielding. For the first time in the history of Indian cricket, India laid claim to being among the best fielding sides in a tournament. The average age of this team is 26. Ravindra Jadeja's run-out of Robin Peterson in that first match was the turning point, when it seemed that AB de Villiers and Peterson would pull South Africa through. Who knows whether India would have even qualified for the semi-finals if that run-out had not been successful?

Dhoni does not show his emotions often, but you could see the pride in his eyes when he looked around at the fielders he had in this tournament. It was like a long-held desire had finally come true. A good catch here and there, a run-out at a crucial stage to turn the game become more frequent occurrences when you have a fit, athletic side.

India won every match on the tour easily, because for the first time we saw them bat well, bowl well and field well - all in one game. I hope this win makes Indian cricket think of fielding as a skill that every player must possess if he wants to play for the country.

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar is a cricket commentator and presenter on TV. His Twitter feed is here

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  • Harish_Sridhar on June 27, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Nice article & kudos to the 'revamped' Indian side. Yes, pitches were spin friendly- but you got to admit that these guys have done well to deserve the 'Champions' tag. Lets not forget, this team landed in UK with a lot of baggage - spot fixing scandal & MS especially was under tremendous pressure. He needed the win desperately. His trusted Lieutenants have delivered when it mattered - Ashwin, Jadeja, Dhawan & Co. have come out on top. Bhuvi, Rohit, DK are here to stay. Umesh too did well in patches. Raina's catching was great and so was Ashwin's. Sad that Raina didn't get many opportunities to bat. I'm not suggesting that this side will go to SA and win; but certainly GG, Bhaji, Yuvi are not going to do well in SA either. In that sense I think Dhawan, Vijay should be given a long rope. @ Sandy-Bangalore I surely would pick Ash over Bhaji during those crunch moments. Ash is young & doing well. He relishes those tough situations, he keeps his cool, backs himself n FLIGHTS the ball!

  • couchpundit on June 27, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    @ glen1 - you already see "rohit sharma" being given rope for 7 th year now, he is no new breed no super star(beyond mumbai cricketing circle), never delivers beyond single match..you check stats of this tournament(50+ 2 times out of 7 innings) on him after taking up lots of deliveries.

    What makes you think these guys wont be spared on basis of reputation. Look at rainas batting performance.

    These might sound nit picking...but truth is these are not new players...young yes...but have not learnt anything in 7+ years of international circket.

    Fielding should be necessary...but whats the point in having 2 fielding all rounders who are afraid of perfume balls? unless they conquer those fear....all the best of Test cricket.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on June 27, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @sandy bangalore : bhaji has done hardly anything (in tests) after kumble retired !! he was always overrated and ashwin is already better than him. as for gambhir i think IPL has spoiled him , i too thought he was a good opening batsman but he is simply not producing the runs needed anymore , and please don't compare IPL with international test matches !

  • sgd120 on June 27, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Whilst we are all getting carried away with the success of this Indian side, can I just point out that all of these youngsters had been tried for at least a couple of years, and had failed. That probably helped their development, but we have been here before. Remember 1985? World Series Championship and Ravi Shastri's Audi for man of the series and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan's bewitching leg spin? This is not an end point in itself, this is the start of a journey, if the players start believing the hype, they will become rubbish in no time. The true test for any cricketer comes in season 2, when the other cricketers have figured the person out.

    Yes, India does need to celebrate this, but use this victory as a stepping stone, not as the biggest achievement in the world.

  • on June 27, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore: Nobody here showed any disrespect to Harbhajan or Gambhir. Yeah its true they WERE great in the past and won us World Cup but not anymore. Yeah your point about team starring down the barrel, I would any day/night have Ashwin in my team rather than Bhajji. Have you watched recent IND-AUS test series when team had Dhoni and Virat at other ends in first two tests respectively. What did your fighter with attitude who came at no.9 did? just swung the bat like a man without any brains and got out when the match was hanging in balance. If not for certain Bhuvi in 1st test we would have lost it. where was his fighting attitude?????? and don't talk about Gambhir. what did he say just before the start of Eng series at home? that he and Sehwag are the best opening partners in India. WOW. what an attitude!!!!!!! You should first perform before opening your mouth.Please don't say you have these players in your team. And for God's sake don't compare IPL with International cricket.

  • aruntheselector on June 27, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    It is good that the selectors have moved forward and taken some bold decisions.Also, the quality of oppositions (Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) has detoriated and thereby helping.Whatever said and done, irrespective of greats what you need is a good team with the right combination that can win.The high fielding standards (atleast 6 top class fielders) and good running between wickets from the new team has contributed to the success.By comparing with India's performance in England and Australia in the last 2 years, Manjrekar is forgetting that the failures were more in Test cricket than ODI.India has always managed to comeback in ODI's as it has the right players for that.Still remains to see how is India going to do in Test cricket under testing conditions.The tour of south Africa may have many questions or many answers.

  • raulraj on June 27, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Mr. Manjrekar, it's sad to see knowledgable person like you getting carried away like this!! Dhoni, Selectors, Coach and Players all deserve credit but I don't think INDIA this team deserves to be called india's best side. 1) All pitches were flat tracks helping spinners. 2) Lack of quality fast bowlers(Morkel and stye injured). 3) Pitches helping spinners(Indian bowlers and batsmen will always do well if pitch is turning). 4) Most teams either played half game or no game never got into rhythm as a team, due to weather. Only positive INDIA can take from this series is they have become good fielding side. India still needs Fast bowling all rounder (Irfan should be played n given chance/You wont find flat/spinning tracks in SA or AUS. Please don't compare Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan and Yuvi with these young players. They still need to prove themselves. Even at match presentation DHONI said GOD(Sachin) wont come to save you!! Even he know what GOD and other Seniors were capable of

  • chapathishot on June 27, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    When every one trashes Mr.Flecher when team did badly and now all credit to Dhoni ,selectors etc in win is not fair .He and the support staff also deserves some credit

  • sandy_bangalore on June 27, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    I am completely surprised at the lack of respect towards Bhajji and Gambhir in the various articles since Indias victory. These guys are achievers and world cup winners, and have the attitude to go with their considerable talent. And in a tough situation, when India is staring down the barrel, who would you rather have - Harbhajan or Ashwin? The answer is obvous. Looks like Sankay and a few others forgot Gambhirs captaincy and batting for KKR this season, and Harbhajans spells for a winning MI side. ANd they are barely 32 years, with atlest 4 years of cricket left in them! And why no talk of Yubraj. This guy is a fighter, and can win matches singlehandedly, with both bat and ball. Please dont get carried away by the youth wave, and please remember these guys have just crossed 30 and have proved themselves far more than some of the names in the current squad. I would have Yuvi, GG and Bhaj in my Indian squad any day, as Mr Sourav Ganguly said the other day!

  • glen1 on June 27, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    Manjrekar had written not too long ago about the absolute need of Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan for the tour of South Africa. The current Champions Trophy team has laid such promotion to rest. Hope, the days of hero worship are long gone, and we have a bunch of sportsmen who know they have to perform to stay in the team, and leave when their time has come. The previous heroes were needed because the land produced very few talented sportsmen, and in turn they were hard to dislodge. Look at the new guys and their team coordination; we have never seen such team work.

  • Harish_Sridhar on June 27, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Nice article & kudos to the 'revamped' Indian side. Yes, pitches were spin friendly- but you got to admit that these guys have done well to deserve the 'Champions' tag. Lets not forget, this team landed in UK with a lot of baggage - spot fixing scandal & MS especially was under tremendous pressure. He needed the win desperately. His trusted Lieutenants have delivered when it mattered - Ashwin, Jadeja, Dhawan & Co. have come out on top. Bhuvi, Rohit, DK are here to stay. Umesh too did well in patches. Raina's catching was great and so was Ashwin's. Sad that Raina didn't get many opportunities to bat. I'm not suggesting that this side will go to SA and win; but certainly GG, Bhaji, Yuvi are not going to do well in SA either. In that sense I think Dhawan, Vijay should be given a long rope. @ Sandy-Bangalore I surely would pick Ash over Bhaji during those crunch moments. Ash is young & doing well. He relishes those tough situations, he keeps his cool, backs himself n FLIGHTS the ball!

  • couchpundit on June 27, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    @ glen1 - you already see "rohit sharma" being given rope for 7 th year now, he is no new breed no super star(beyond mumbai cricketing circle), never delivers beyond single match..you check stats of this tournament(50+ 2 times out of 7 innings) on him after taking up lots of deliveries.

    What makes you think these guys wont be spared on basis of reputation. Look at rainas batting performance.

    These might sound nit picking...but truth is these are not new players...young yes...but have not learnt anything in 7+ years of international circket.

    Fielding should be necessary...but whats the point in having 2 fielding all rounders who are afraid of perfume balls? unless they conquer those fear....all the best of Test cricket.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on June 27, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @sandy bangalore : bhaji has done hardly anything (in tests) after kumble retired !! he was always overrated and ashwin is already better than him. as for gambhir i think IPL has spoiled him , i too thought he was a good opening batsman but he is simply not producing the runs needed anymore , and please don't compare IPL with international test matches !

  • sgd120 on June 27, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Whilst we are all getting carried away with the success of this Indian side, can I just point out that all of these youngsters had been tried for at least a couple of years, and had failed. That probably helped their development, but we have been here before. Remember 1985? World Series Championship and Ravi Shastri's Audi for man of the series and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan's bewitching leg spin? This is not an end point in itself, this is the start of a journey, if the players start believing the hype, they will become rubbish in no time. The true test for any cricketer comes in season 2, when the other cricketers have figured the person out.

    Yes, India does need to celebrate this, but use this victory as a stepping stone, not as the biggest achievement in the world.

  • on June 27, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore: Nobody here showed any disrespect to Harbhajan or Gambhir. Yeah its true they WERE great in the past and won us World Cup but not anymore. Yeah your point about team starring down the barrel, I would any day/night have Ashwin in my team rather than Bhajji. Have you watched recent IND-AUS test series when team had Dhoni and Virat at other ends in first two tests respectively. What did your fighter with attitude who came at no.9 did? just swung the bat like a man without any brains and got out when the match was hanging in balance. If not for certain Bhuvi in 1st test we would have lost it. where was his fighting attitude?????? and don't talk about Gambhir. what did he say just before the start of Eng series at home? that he and Sehwag are the best opening partners in India. WOW. what an attitude!!!!!!! You should first perform before opening your mouth.Please don't say you have these players in your team. And for God's sake don't compare IPL with International cricket.

  • aruntheselector on June 27, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    It is good that the selectors have moved forward and taken some bold decisions.Also, the quality of oppositions (Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) has detoriated and thereby helping.Whatever said and done, irrespective of greats what you need is a good team with the right combination that can win.The high fielding standards (atleast 6 top class fielders) and good running between wickets from the new team has contributed to the success.By comparing with India's performance in England and Australia in the last 2 years, Manjrekar is forgetting that the failures were more in Test cricket than ODI.India has always managed to comeback in ODI's as it has the right players for that.Still remains to see how is India going to do in Test cricket under testing conditions.The tour of south Africa may have many questions or many answers.

  • raulraj on June 27, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Mr. Manjrekar, it's sad to see knowledgable person like you getting carried away like this!! Dhoni, Selectors, Coach and Players all deserve credit but I don't think INDIA this team deserves to be called india's best side. 1) All pitches were flat tracks helping spinners. 2) Lack of quality fast bowlers(Morkel and stye injured). 3) Pitches helping spinners(Indian bowlers and batsmen will always do well if pitch is turning). 4) Most teams either played half game or no game never got into rhythm as a team, due to weather. Only positive INDIA can take from this series is they have become good fielding side. India still needs Fast bowling all rounder (Irfan should be played n given chance/You wont find flat/spinning tracks in SA or AUS. Please don't compare Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan and Yuvi with these young players. They still need to prove themselves. Even at match presentation DHONI said GOD(Sachin) wont come to save you!! Even he know what GOD and other Seniors were capable of

  • chapathishot on June 27, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    When every one trashes Mr.Flecher when team did badly and now all credit to Dhoni ,selectors etc in win is not fair .He and the support staff also deserves some credit

  • sandy_bangalore on June 27, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    I am completely surprised at the lack of respect towards Bhajji and Gambhir in the various articles since Indias victory. These guys are achievers and world cup winners, and have the attitude to go with their considerable talent. And in a tough situation, when India is staring down the barrel, who would you rather have - Harbhajan or Ashwin? The answer is obvous. Looks like Sankay and a few others forgot Gambhirs captaincy and batting for KKR this season, and Harbhajans spells for a winning MI side. ANd they are barely 32 years, with atlest 4 years of cricket left in them! And why no talk of Yubraj. This guy is a fighter, and can win matches singlehandedly, with both bat and ball. Please dont get carried away by the youth wave, and please remember these guys have just crossed 30 and have proved themselves far more than some of the names in the current squad. I would have Yuvi, GG and Bhaj in my Indian squad any day, as Mr Sourav Ganguly said the other day!

  • glen1 on June 27, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    Manjrekar had written not too long ago about the absolute need of Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan for the tour of South Africa. The current Champions Trophy team has laid such promotion to rest. Hope, the days of hero worship are long gone, and we have a bunch of sportsmen who know they have to perform to stay in the team, and leave when their time has come. The previous heroes were needed because the land produced very few talented sportsmen, and in turn they were hard to dislodge. Look at the new guys and their team coordination; we have never seen such team work.

  • slip_catcher on June 26, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Mr. Sanjay, First of all, great Indian victory. I have not seen an Indian team being so Consistently dominant. Fortune favored them in the finals but then who does not need that to succeed. However, India's failing recently have been in Tests not One days. Its a great start for a newish team, but still way to go in test cricket on foreign soil. And also, the team is not new. All these players have been around. Its just that the old players have left, which seems to have changed things quite a bit. You of all people should understand that our bowling is still not good enough and batting still can be tested. Fielding - definitely a pleasant surprise which we can count on.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on June 26, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Also i don't understand why some people keep saying 'we won even without bhaji , viru , gambhir , sachin etc..' in fact its PRECISELY because of their ABSENCE we won this in such style , that coupled with the fact that there was hardly any swing in the air and surprising turn from the pitch

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on June 26, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    gr8 performance indeed by a young Indian team , but lets not get too excited , anyone who has followed Indian cricket knows that we have always been a good ODI side , even in the 4-0 loss in England the following ODI series was very closely fought (despite the scoreline) , its away tests that will really judge the quality of this team , the south african series at the end of the year against dale steyn , morkel and philander on some of the toughest pitches , if we can pass that ,we Indian fans are in for a glorious period of success

  • sandeep1978 on June 26, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    If youth is the answer, mr. manjrekar , how come this 'young' indian team has performed miserably in the last 3 t20 world cups? Its all very well to celebrate our victory but plz keep it in perspective. The pitches were flat, the opposition teams were nowhere near their best( SA had many players missing, Aus had their weakest team in 3 decades), some matches were truncated. There is a typical indian mentality to praise somebody and immediately to put somebody else down. Excess baggage indeed !

  • on June 26, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Sanjay has been an ardent and honest critic. I remember in past him being raked over coal for his outspoken opinions. Thanks Sanjay for sticking up with it

  • on June 26, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Sanjay, could you please write an article on Ishant Sharmas lack of talent? Worst bowler ever, literally anyone would do in his place. Please write something about this guy so he gets the attention he deserves to quit cricket

  • krsriram on June 26, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Sanjay,

    congrats are due to the Indian team - but this is still an ODI team, and not a test team. We will still have to be a little circumspect about our Test team - how will these youngsters perform in South Africa. I dont think the Test pitches will be as flat as these; they will certainly test Dhawan, Rohit, Jadeja et all. Of course, if they come out of the tour with respectability, if not flying colours, then great!

  • sarangsrk on June 26, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Mr. Manjrekar, of all the people, you should know that there is lot of difference in tests and ODIs and we lost very badly in tests and not in ODIs. So, as good as this team played and as much happy I am with the performance, I don't want to say that we would play well on all overseas tours now. They need to play more matches overseas to be consistent in ODIs. I agree this is a very good team for future and they should be persisted till WC 2015.

  • Naresh28 on June 26, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Memories of the 2011 8-0 loss to England on that tour comes to mind. Teams win some and lose some. Our fading stalwarts were going out and team was in disarray. The Indian team was written off after that and the Oz tour. But look how well they have rebuilt. We kept getting comments that the batsman could not face quality fast bowling on overseas tracks. In winning the TC we faced fearsome WI and Pak bowlers - not to mention the great English bowlers.

  • crayzee02 on June 26, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    CricketMaan - your "Test XI" has 12 players... Agree this would be great, but a tad unfair to opposing sides no?

  • NP_NY on June 26, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    This team looks good for the next 3-4 years (until Dhoni retires). There is plenty of good reserves as well.

  • CricketMaan on June 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @Sanjay - Where does this leave our test team that too has some ageing stars? Zak is still hoping for a comeback on SA tour, but can he last the distance. Even if he plays will he go to England and last the 5 Tests? Such questions needs to be answered. If selectors turn thier back to Zak and blood youth just like ODI then i see Umesh, Ishant, Bhuvi opening the 1st Test barring injuries. The back up to these 3 is still fragile. Neither of VK, PK induce any confidence or newbies Ishwar, Shami, Mohit will be under pressure to perform or perish (remember Pankaj Singh on that SA tour?). SRT seems to be still enjoying selectors, fans, media, sponsors backing to play. He still could crack a 100 on his day but can he hold one end and guide CP, VK, SD to flourish like what RD did? A good incoming delivery could still haunt Rohit, leaving Rahane, Raina to complete for that place. My Test XI would be MV, SD, CP, SRT, VK, SR, MSD, RJ, RA, BK, IS, UY with DK, Shami, VK, Rohit, Rahane as backup

  • CricketMaan on June 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @Sanjay - Where does this leave our test team that too has some ageing stars? Zak is still hoping for a comeback on SA tour, but can he last the distance. Even if he plays will he go to England and last the 5 Tests? Such questions needs to be answered. If selectors turn thier back to Zak and blood youth just like ODI then i see Umesh, Ishant, Bhuvi opening the 1st Test barring injuries. The back up to these 3 is still fragile. Neither of VK, PK induce any confidence or newbies Ishwar, Shami, Mohit will be under pressure to perform or perish (remember Pankaj Singh on that SA tour?). SRT seems to be still enjoying selectors, fans, media, sponsors backing to play. He still could crack a 100 on his day but can he hold one end and guide CP, VK, SD to flourish like what RD did? A good incoming delivery could still haunt Rohit, leaving Rahane, Raina to complete for that place. My Test XI would be MV, SD, CP, SRT, VK, SR, MSD, RJ, RA, BK, IS, UY with DK, Shami, VK, Rohit, Rahane as backup

  • NP_NY on June 26, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    This team looks good for the next 3-4 years (until Dhoni retires). There is plenty of good reserves as well.

  • crayzee02 on June 26, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    CricketMaan - your "Test XI" has 12 players... Agree this would be great, but a tad unfair to opposing sides no?

  • Naresh28 on June 26, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Memories of the 2011 8-0 loss to England on that tour comes to mind. Teams win some and lose some. Our fading stalwarts were going out and team was in disarray. The Indian team was written off after that and the Oz tour. But look how well they have rebuilt. We kept getting comments that the batsman could not face quality fast bowling on overseas tracks. In winning the TC we faced fearsome WI and Pak bowlers - not to mention the great English bowlers.

  • sarangsrk on June 26, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Mr. Manjrekar, of all the people, you should know that there is lot of difference in tests and ODIs and we lost very badly in tests and not in ODIs. So, as good as this team played and as much happy I am with the performance, I don't want to say that we would play well on all overseas tours now. They need to play more matches overseas to be consistent in ODIs. I agree this is a very good team for future and they should be persisted till WC 2015.

  • krsriram on June 26, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Sanjay,

    congrats are due to the Indian team - but this is still an ODI team, and not a test team. We will still have to be a little circumspect about our Test team - how will these youngsters perform in South Africa. I dont think the Test pitches will be as flat as these; they will certainly test Dhawan, Rohit, Jadeja et all. Of course, if they come out of the tour with respectability, if not flying colours, then great!

  • on June 26, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Sanjay, could you please write an article on Ishant Sharmas lack of talent? Worst bowler ever, literally anyone would do in his place. Please write something about this guy so he gets the attention he deserves to quit cricket

  • on June 26, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Sanjay has been an ardent and honest critic. I remember in past him being raked over coal for his outspoken opinions. Thanks Sanjay for sticking up with it

  • sandeep1978 on June 26, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    If youth is the answer, mr. manjrekar , how come this 'young' indian team has performed miserably in the last 3 t20 world cups? Its all very well to celebrate our victory but plz keep it in perspective. The pitches were flat, the opposition teams were nowhere near their best( SA had many players missing, Aus had their weakest team in 3 decades), some matches were truncated. There is a typical indian mentality to praise somebody and immediately to put somebody else down. Excess baggage indeed !

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on June 26, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    gr8 performance indeed by a young Indian team , but lets not get too excited , anyone who has followed Indian cricket knows that we have always been a good ODI side , even in the 4-0 loss in England the following ODI series was very closely fought (despite the scoreline) , its away tests that will really judge the quality of this team , the south african series at the end of the year against dale steyn , morkel and philander on some of the toughest pitches , if we can pass that ,we Indian fans are in for a glorious period of success