Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Snatching Defeat from the jaws of victory

Just when it seemed that the Indian cricket team was getting its bearing it managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. When the sixth wicket fell, with still a hundred runs required to win; I was quite sure of an Indian victory and stopped looking at scores. Taking nothing away from the two Sri Lankans who played very sensibily and held their nerve, the Indians certainly lost this one. Chaasing a target with the lights, with the outfield getting heavier is not easy. This bring forth the absence of a strike bowler. It is very difficult to believe that after the World Cup India seemed like the only team capable of giving the Aussies a serious fight. Now having to qualify for the ICC should be treated as a serious wake up call. In a country of 1 billion people obssessed with cricket, I am sure we can find and hone talent to make India reach the pinnacle of the cricketing world.

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