Friday, July 04, 2008

Dhoni helps Indians take their seat in Asia Cup final

By John Cheeran
India is in the final of Asia Cup. A forced opportunity to chase the target, 309, a target which Pakistan overcome easily on Wednesday, gave India and Mahendra Singh Dhoni the ideal chance to move into the final and make amends for the defeat to Pakistan.
Skipper Dhoni deserves praise for his initiative, if not for tactics, while promoting himself in the batting order after the opening blitz provided by Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir came to an end. That's welcome sign from a leader of men.
Among the Sri Lankan bowlers only Muttaiah Muralitharan presented any danger for Indian batsmen, and the Indian victory was never in doubt after the atomic start in the first 10 overs.
Sunday's final will see the same rivals clashing again.
The thought itself brings yawns as I type this, and imagine the amount of boredom among the Indian cricketers, though they are after all are paid to suffer the slings and arrows of international schedule.

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