Saturday, November 05, 2005


After four matches, the scoreline reads 4-0 in favour of India and all of a sudden the captain, the players and most importantly, the coach are paid glowing tributes. One news channel even conducted a poll, ostensibly, to identify the person who had the most important contribution to the performance of India. The poll found the captain, Rahul Dravid to be the most significant factor and the embattled coach, Greg Chappell came a distant second. Truly, cricket is a magnificent obsession in this country.

Now, everyone is expecting a clean sweep of the seven match series. Let us not forget that the Sri Lankans were the most feared opponents till a few months back. In my opinion, the biggest factor behind the poor show by the Lankans so far is the failure of Jayasurya. The lefthander has always shown a liking for the Indian bowling taking it to the cleaners, be it in the test matches or the one-dayers. Of course, players like Dhoni, Raina and Venugopal Rao have shown the grit and determination that is required in international cricket.

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