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Hot in ODIs, cold in Tests

The Indian side seems oddly scizophernic, doesn't it

Amit Varma
The Indian side seems oddly scizophernic, doesn't it? India played lukewarm cricket in the Tests in Pakistan, losing the series 0-1, and then were held to a series draw by an England side racked by injury. The one-day side, on the other hand, has won 16 of the last 20 games it has played -- I'm writing while the Jamshedpur one-dayer is in progress -- and all of the last 15 in which it has chased. India appear to be serious contenders for the 2007 World Cup, but are slipping in Tests. What causes this difference?
To discuss this, we've assembled Anand Vasu, Ashok Malik, Dileep Premachandran and Prem Panicker. Over the next few days we'll talk about the various factors that have caused India's resurgance in ODIs and the dangers that lie ahead, as well as the reasons for their dismal Test performances, and what can be done about them. Watch this space.

Amit Varma, a former managing editor of Cricinfo in India, now writes on economics and politics.