The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Expedition to the Antipodes …

The Indian cricket team is all set to play in the Antipodes (for the uninformed, this refers to the opposite end of the world, or what the Brits refer to Australia and New Zealand), and will be hoping to make a good impression this time around – in contrast to the rout some years ago.

 

India’s cricket-crazy public has been over the moon, so to speak, after the team’s excellent showing against the visiting Aussies and the English. The ODI series victory in the Emerald Isles only added to the feel-good factor.

 

There are loud public pronouncements about this being the world’s numero uno team, that this is best Indian team EVER.

 

I think this team is genuinely good. It is balanced, has players who possess the guts, the burning desire, and, fundamentally, the ability to take on all comers. And, it has a captain who is a gritty fighter, an instinctive sort of chap, who has instilled a “no-fear” mentality in the team.

 

But, hold your horses, guys. A trip to New Zealand is not something to be casual about.

 

The Kiwi skipper, Daniel Vettori, has said that he fears the havoc that the big-hitting Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni can wreak on the smallish grounds in that part of the world.

 

However, very few of the players have experienced the extremely pacy wickets out there. Yes, the Indians have a bunch of quicks who have demonstrated the ability to exploit the conditions, and batsmen who have learnt how to deal with the moving ball, but playing on foreign shores is a different proposition as compared to turning out on the dust bowls of the sub-continent.

 

I think this is a good team. I think it will do well.

 

Yet, one would do well to temper one’s expectations.

 

Beating the Kiwis on their home turf would be great. But not doing so does not make the Indian team any inferior.

 

For, as in life, you win some, you lose some.

 

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February 19, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that, Cricket

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