Surprise, surprise, India have clinched the five match ODI series against Zimbabwe with two games to spare. Jokes aside, ever since this series was planned, there was always going to be only one outcome. The Indian think tank clearly thought no different as they exemplified their confidence by granting a much deserved break to several of the first team stars. As expected, it’s made no difference as the Men in Blue have raced away to an unassailable 3-0 lead.
We look at some key talking points of the series and what it says about India’s future in the 50 over format.
Leap or Lack of faith?
Perhaps one area where the management may have missed a trick is by surprisingly benching most of the new arrivals for the tour. Ambati Rayudu and Jaydev Unadkat were two exceptions and they both seized the opportunity to impressive effect. If only the same sort of faith was shown to the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Parvez Rasool and Mohit Sharma who are yet to get a game.
Some like it hotIt would have hurt seeing their own team at the receiving end of Virat Kohli’s batting exploits but Zimbabwe fans would have understood just why the cricket world is going gaga over the 24-year-old Delhiite. The locals also got an idea of just how much he loves being at the crease going by his massive disappointment at being declared out in controversial circumstances in the 2nd ODI. His temperament divides opinion among pundits and fans, but one thing’s certain - there’s no keeping him out of the action.
Mishra turns it on
Veteran leggie Amit Mishra has been the other notable performer as he leads the wicket taking charts in the series so far with nine scalps at an average of 15.11. It remains to be seen what the ‘wise men’ in the selection committee make of it as Zimbabwe aren’t exactly the most formidable opposition around.
Future looks bright
For all the negativity that has shrouded Indian cricket in recent times, if there’s one thing the diehard Indian cricket fan can look forward to with optimism, it’s the beckoning of a healthy era for the world champions as they look to dominate the 50 over game. The recent success in England was achieved with a squad containing just four survivors from the 15 member World Cup winning unit of two years ago. And you thought life without Tendulkar was unimaginable!
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