The Champions Trophy win is an example of the transformation India have achieved in ODIs. The transition from a dependence on senior players, who led the side to the World Cup win in 2011, to the young side has helped the team, with the selection of cricketers who are hungry, motivated and gifted. In the Observer, Vic Marks credits MS Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher with this transformation.

Our Antipodean friends keep reminding us of the difficulties of rebuilding. They explain that there is bound to be a dip in form now that Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey have moved on. Well, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan have moved on - or been moved on - and the upshot is that India are a significantly improved one-day side.