Friday, March 31, 2006

Raina makes hay

Hey All,

So here I am again, with the second blog for the second ODI that India just won against the English. Like I have said in my earlier blog, this Indian ODI team is far better balanced and more talented than the Test side. To be in the Test side you need some international experience, and I think the ODIs to provide some of it, though not all.

So, while in the last game, it was Harbhajan's guile that got us the match, today it was the youthful Suresh Raina - yet another off-spring of India's small town prodigy - that brought us home in this match. Just 18 years of age and an experience of just 14 matches, I was not even sure if he had the license to drive the bike that he got as the Man Of the Match award today. But I guess that's India and getting a driving license in India is not a big deal these days ( or well, it never has been a big deal). I am sure that he will savor this win for a long time. Besides his batting, his fielding - like most other youngsters in this Indian team - has been a revalation and he has only added more strength to the off side field with Yuvraj and Kaif.

In the recent past, India has been successfully bringing more and more young talent to the forefront and it is also a pleasant change in the attitude of the Indian selection comittee to be committed to them and persist with players for a longer period of time than has been the case in the past. With the likes of Irfan, Munaf, Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj and Kaif I am sure the future of Indian cricket looks good. The strategy from Rahul Dravid and Guru Greg is not only to be able to build a strong Indian team for the World Cup, but also to be able to build a team that can move forward from there.

Only time will tell whether Suresh Raina is just a flash in the pan or is he in this for a long time.I think he is another player like Yuvraj Singh that we must look out for in the future. Am I too early to put him on the mantle? Only time will tell.....

Your comments?


Blogger Rajshekar said...

Well... India needs to do something about the top order batsmen. Like the 1st ODI, the top order did not score well putting a lot of pressure on the middle order. If you see the performance of top order batsmen in the last 5 ODIs they have failed 4 out of 5 times. One guy running a blitz is not enough...

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