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Saturday, 17 September 2011

India's Bowling and Injury Woes

It is finally over! The complete domination of India in the English summer of 2011.

Many younger Indian cricket fans are new to this kind of experience. A mammoth wake up call, not only for the players, selectors and the board but also for millions of cricket crazy fans. It can get real tough and painful.

The completely one sided test series in which England displaced India from the top spot was followed by another 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series. It was punctuated by a T20 game, also won by England. India, who are the current world champions did not win a single international outing through the entire series. Who would have thought?

England showed great skill with bat and ball in the conditions. But most hearteningly when they called upon their bench, in tests or in the ODIs, the new comers grabbed the opportunities and delivered. That is the best omen for England in all forms, and the future of the side.

India has their plate full. Key decisions lie ahead on blending experience with youth, and most critically player fitness and injury management. The series saw eleven Indian players exit the series, mid-way through games in some cases, due to injury. That in itself maybe a record!

All eyes are now on the five match ODI return series starting in four weeks at Hyderabad. Will England be as dominant or will the traffic change course? Will India have key players return? Will fortunes reverse in hot humid conditions on harder grounds and turning tracks? I only wish there were a few test matches in this return series, but there aren't.

This England team definitely deserves their glory and all the accolades. They hold strong promise for the near future.

Well played!

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