Sunday, February 03, 2008

Brisbane rain may wash away India's sins

By John Cheeran
India escaped from Brisbane with two points in a game in which they deserved none. Australia, thanks to Brett Lee’s brilliant bowling clearly had the edge, but rain during the Aussie innings came to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s rescue.
It was a young, experimental batting line up from India at Gabba. None can quarrel with the team management for giving Manoj Tiwari and Rohit Sharma their chances. Rohit did play some colourful strokes, but the youngster needs to think beyond Twenty20s.
So should Dhoni. Where are the runs, Indian captain?
It is quite right thing to talk about 2011 World Cup, but let’s concentrate on the task at hand -- that is, winning the tri-series against Aussies and Sri Lanka.
I’m sure as the days go by, India’s one-day team, with a large dose of youngsters, will find its moorings and keep the series alive.
In fact, in the absence of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, Dhoni has a great opportunity now in Australia to make amends for the collective crime of Indian team during the World Cup in the West Indies.
Can there be a better chance to tell the world that Indians are a combative side in the pulsating arena of one-day cricket when you have enemies such as world champions Australia and runners up Sri Lanka?
May be, the rain at Gabba might have washed away the Indian cricketers’ sins and purified their mind and body for the battles ahead.

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