Thursday, March 06, 2008

Rising Finally, Down under

Our Men in blue have finally nailed down Australian team ego and arrogance by clinching the CB One day series, This series now paves way to an interesting rivalry developing on personal and cricketing front amongst the players and the teams, for me India Vs Australia encounters would be more interesting rather than India Vs Pakistan matches.

India was definitely aware that they would be facing fireworks in form of on field sledging and hostile treatment from Australian crowd, however it further degraded to pathetic level of umpiring and on-field cheating from the Australian skipper and his team mates, specially Andrew Symonds and Mathew Hayden hogging the limelight.

Kumble and Dhoni both backed the players well and responded fittingly to the comments made by the aussie team players, media still maintaining their cool during the matches while playing, BCCI also taking a hard stand on the racism issue raised against Harbhajan boosted team members spirits.

We put up a brave face both on the ground and off the ground, emerging real winners, in terms of the character, performance, team bonding. Which now shows Indian players, whether bowlers, batsmen are no more just good on papers but can display extra-ordinary performance on the ground when needed.

This tour has being a good one for players like, Ishant Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Kumble.

I would not say that we have displaced Australia from the top position, however we have given them a strong message of not taking Indian’s lightly, be it on the ground or dealing verbally off the ground. We are not supposed to be treated as dirt of someone’s leg.

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