Sunday, July 31, 2005


It is him once again to spoil India's hopes once again. I am talking of Sanath Jayasuriya who despite a dislocated shoulder stayed there to take Sri Lanka home after being in some kind of strife. Sanath has always shown a particular penchant for the Indian bowling. Javagal Srinath was holding the microphone in place of the ball but the result would have given him a sense of deja vu.

During the course of the past week, Arjuna Ranatunga was quite optimistic of Sanath returning to form with the prospect of having to take on the Indian bowlers. I donot have any intention of denigrating the talents of Jayasuriya but he always does good against the Indians. He has displayed streaks of brilliance against other teams, but against India his showing has been extraordinary. I feel that the Indians simply don't have it in them to shrug off the past demons. Suddenly, the bowlers appear clueless and there are dropping shoulders in the field.

Jayasuriya is the list of those players who have done exceedingly well against India. Saeed Anwar was one such player who on many occasions took the Indian attacks to the cleaners. There is another player-Shivnarine Chanderpaul who has always done well against India. This is something that Greg Chappel needs to work on.


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