taking fresh guard...

shared by straight point on Sunday, November 15, 2009

sorry for talking about mundane things like the upcoming india vs sri lanka series when the flavor of the season is tendulkar20 business...

its not that being a sachin fan i did not capture my feelings on sachin completing 20 years... but i came bit early to the party... end september to be precise...

coming back to the post... after the brain freeze series that india had recently against fractured australian team... the aura around sri lanka series seems to be just about the same... that india will have to just turn on the ground to beat sri lanka which has youngsters in the rank who have virtually no experience of playing in india... is carrying the weight of veteran jayasuriya... in a land where even the likes of murli have not find any favors...

i hope this is not the case this time... specially after the timely rap on the knuckles provided by australia... the last series was like the mirror placed in front of team india in which they could clearly see their ugly complacent face and the extra flab which needed to be shed...

hopefully now team india will realise what it takes to remain at the top... any team can have bad days but great teams usually keep the gap between bad days as wide as possible...

earlier team india was not expected to win and the win against top teams used to be seen as underdog defying all odds to beat the favorites... but now the table is turned... now india start as favorites to win most of the time... it will take some time adjusting to this scenario... much the same way it took australia some time to reconcile to the fact that they are not favorites or the same force anymore...

so next few series starting from srilanka series will tell us whether team india has it in them to cross this hurdle or this is the best they can produce... how they are going to cope with this new found status coz now even fans want team to behave the way favorites teams are supposed to... on and off the field...

good showing in upcoming series will go a long way in re-assuring dejected indian fans that they really have the team which is not only the best but can take the best head on... consistently...

whatever be the case... as far as indian cricket goes... we are in for some interesting times...

8 comments:

Naked Cricket said...

I'm all for playing Herath tomorrow, India's never played him before - and you know what that means.

Som said...

I'm afraid the Curse of the Rankings would lay India low. They started the ODI series with the opportunity of becoming No.1 and ended being No. 3. They now have chance to become the No. 1 Test nation and it remains to be seen where they end up.

Purna said...

Sri Lanka have their own problems SP. They are the biggest bunch of underachievers. With their talent and their line up, I don't understand how they stumble so often. I really like them, but they might just beat India at not living upto their potential.

Nathan said...

Ah, Sri Lanka... They're a good team but a little inconsistent. It's been a while since I've had a good look at them, though.

I'd say that unless there have been some very frank discussions in Team India's locker room over the last few days, the series could go either way. (that sounds like something I'd expect to hear from a fortune teller though... "you will meet someone today with ... a nose")

straight point said...

yaah i am getting your point... india has been very kind against the slow bowlers of late... remember we made the career out of kreja last time...

straight point said...

lets see how this pans out som... if they can just go out there and play without keeping eye on anything but ball... we will do good... :)

straight point said...

very re-assuring comment purna... :)

straight point said...

this is like egg and chicker issue nathan... when they wont regularly visit countries like australia... south africa owing to muddles ftp how there players will take their game to next level...?

right now they are stuck at doing what they do best... and i feel if they regularly play against the top teams they will eventually come good...

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