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Look on the bright side, India

There are always positives to be taken. Even from a tour as dismal as the England one

Alex Bowden

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MS Dhoni collides with James Anderson, England v India, 4th ODI, Lord's, September 11, 2011
No. 11: Dhoni managed to administer Anderson a good blow in the side when he had this collision with him © Getty Images
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1. It's over
And if there's one thing guaranteed to raise spirits, it's a return one-day series in India, where England normally enjoy themselves about as much as India's Test team just did. Cracks? What cracks? All I can see is this robust-looking paper.

2. Zaheer Khan's stock has risen
A wicket every 40.5 deliveries. Outstanding. Now, if India can get more than 81 deliveries out of him per Test series, they'll be onto a winner.

3. Plenty of other young players blooded/bloodied
Rotator cuffs, hamstrings, fingers, ankles - all of these body parts did their bit to help India in their efforts to embrace squad rotation. Rotation does generally involve players coming back into the side again after they depart, but it's important to do these things one step at a time.

4. Praveen Kumar generally
The world needs angry medium-pacers who bat with a bizarre combination of joy and fury.

5. Pressure to maintain high standards lessened
The pressure to attain high standards has been increased, unfortunately, but Indian cricketers are connoisseurs when it comes to being subjected to pressure. They'll doubtless welcome a change in flavour.

6. Immediately after a World Cup isn't the worst time to lose one-day matches
If you're going to lose 50-over matches, it's a good idea to do it immediately after winning the World Cup, because (1) everyone's a bit sick of one-day cricket at this point, and (2) you can lose every match for the next three-and-a-bit years and you'll still be world champions.

7. September in England does not provide typical one-day cricket conditions
If you're going to struggle in certain conditions, autumnal England is the weakness to have. The Indian bowlers struggled to correctly execute their bowling actions as a result of thermal underwear and waterproof trousers according to a rumour I just made up. This will not be an issue in future one-day matches.

8. Ravi Shastri's king-sized strop
Pretty funny.

9. Upturn in Test fortunes
In the third Test, India made 224 in their first innings and then conceded 710. In the fourth Test, they conceded 591 and then made 300. At this rate of progress, they can expect a 99-run first-innings deficit in two Tests' time.

10. MS Dhoni is basically indestructible
In the last 12 months, Dhoni has played 15 Tests, 20 one-day internationals, 16 IPL matches, two Twenty20 internationals, and a number of tour matches. He's taken dozens of flights, attended countless press conferences, and held more team meetings than anyone can count. He's attended net sessions and warm-up matches, caught about a billion balls, dropped about half a million, and also filmed a bunch of adverts. In the fifth one-day international of the England tour, he still managed to hit a 26-ball 50. Imagine what he could achieve if anyone ever allowed him to have a quick sit-down for five minutes.

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Posted by Sagir on (September 25, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

Deuce, dont forget that when England were dominant in world cricket, they and Australia were the only two quality teams around.. things have changed now... SA are a big force and remember they were absent from international cricket for 20 odd years between 1970 and 1990... New Zealand have improved, Sri Lanka came into the fray.. surely England's decline couldnt have been so coincidental :)

i agree that they are a very solid side now but they still have lot to prove and they will need to put in more consistent effort against a variety of opposition and in other countries to be really considered the best team.. something the Windies of the 80s and Aussies of the past decade did...

Posted by Tom on (September 22, 2011, 22:38 GMT)

Babu - England only became mediocre in Tests in the 1980s-90s and ODIs from the mid-90s onwards. In the postwar period (before that only England and Australia were ever consistently competitive) England were the dominant team for most of the 1950s and remained consistently in the top three at least until the mid-80s.

In ODIs England reached the World Cup final in three of the first five tournaments - a record better than any team except the Windies who were the supreme team of the era. Only after 1992 did the team tail off.

England's rise back towards the top of world cricket is only an anomaly in recent terms - in the grand scheme of things it's a restoration of the status quo.

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 22, 2011, 20:16 GMT)

England invented cricket, they have been playing this game for more than a century ... playing all world cups, never managed to win it, always a mediocre ODI/test team. They just managed to win it with half a dozen foreigners and just for last 1 or 2 years and they talk big here ... LOL. Guys, if and only if England can win tests (if not test series even) in india/south africa they can afford to be called a very good side. Till then they do not worth this hyperbole.

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 22, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

On the MSD front, don't forget that he also bowled a few overs!

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 22, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

vry wel said Alex Bowden sir.the topic name should be 'something to happy about'

Posted by Rileen on (September 22, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

The line about Praveen was great :-p

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 22, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

Funny as it is - the last statements about Dhoni also have a lot of truth in it!

Posted by Srinivas on (September 22, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

Another good thing that you missed. Bollywood may give those lousy cricket themed movies a break (for atleast few months till England ODI series?). What can better that?

Posted by Nick on (September 22, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

Hahaha! Loved it. The last part about MSD is classic. Very true indeed

Posted by Anthony on (September 22, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

#11 Indian's will be able to see Sachin gets to get his 100th hundred on home soil rather than on the telly.

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