Saturday, March 30, 2013

India Victorious

India wining the Border-Gavaskar trophy 4-0 was a proud moment for every cricket loving Indian fan, though I must confess I was startled, was it wishful thinking on my part or was it a sweet dream that every Indian would like to see come true? I had every reason to feel the same since India has never been so ruthless on the cricket field in recent times.
I was more than elated to see the men in blue annihilating the Aussies and their inflated egos. The Indian juggernaut was too much for the Aussies to handle and they were blown to smithereens.
Indian team has always been the nemesis for the Aussies, be it in India or down under or elsewhere. Team India had out classed them on many occasions in recent past; Aussies always feel the heat when they play India in India and they called it the last frontier to be captured, which eventually they managed to, few years back, but we have been tormenting them time and again, compelling them to confess of getting night mares wherein they have been thrashed by Tendulkar or that India is the only team who can win against the invincible Aussies.
The current series was special for us since we manage to beat them 4-0, which has not happened for more than 4 decades in Australia’s cricketing history and the current Aussie team had to face this ignominy.
The thing to notice about the current Indian team was, they were ruthless and wanted to make it 4-0 once they won the 3rd test. Earlier, Indian team used to get complacent after a series win and hand over a consolation win to the opposition, but not this time.
To add to the batting and bowling woes of the kangaroos, was the Mickey-Michael gate, which was a severe blow to the team which was low on morale and finding difficult to get a footing. Indians took good advantage of this fallout and butchered the depleted Aussie ranks.
Everyone in the Indian team contributed to this success, but some names call for special mention, R Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara the rock in making, Captain Cool, the man with the Midas touch MSD, unlikely hero Jadeja and of course the new Delhi Daredevil Shikhar Dhawan.
Aussies displayed some sting and gumption in the last test under the captaincy of Shane Watson but they were blown away by the Indian blitzkrieg. They showed some form of their old aggression (???) sledging and hurling abuses at their Indian counterparts but to no avail.
In the end the best team won and Aussies had to bite the dust. With this ignominy the Aussie media tore them apart and stalwarts like Richie Benaud commented, henceforth before the start of match, involving Aussies, there will be a 2 min silence observed in remembrance of the death of Aussie cricket. This was indeed a telling statement.
It’s imperative for the Aussies to regroup and ready themselves for future challenges, for their old foe, England is waiting in wings to take them on in the ashes. The English should be happy at the current state of the Aussies and would fancy their chances in the forthcoming Ashes, but at the same time they should not be complacent for the battered and bruised Aussies might come back hard at them, with their pride at stake.
For team India lot of positives as the team is in transition phase, but let’s not jump the band wagon and declare the new Dravid’s, Ganguly’s and Laxman’s for they are big shoes to fill in.
The current lot needs to perform in foreign conditions where they will have to deal with fiery pacers on bouncy tracks, before they are called the mainstay of Indian lineup.
They have got the much needed impetus and they need to capitalize on it, wrest the initiative and take Indian cricket to new glories in years to come.
At the moment lets savor the Indian win to the fullest and wish them luck and success for the future.
Men in Blue here they come…

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