25 November, 2020

And Now, The Real Test

With the World Cup over, Indian selectors must rebuild a young side for the future

And Now, The Real Test
NOW that the Cup is over and thousands of words written on how Sri Lanka defied all odds to beat the Aussies in the final at Lahore, it's as good a time as any for India to look ahead to the tours of England and South Africa this year.

It Won't benefit anyone to dwell too much on the disaster (from the Indian point of view), for no postmortem can alter the results. The times are such that one-day cricket gets more prominence than Tests which, I feel, are the true index of a player's ability. In this context, when the selectors sit down to pick the squad for England, one hopes they won't attach undue importance to performances in this Cup or, for that matter, in limited overs cricket in general.

I feel only a few players have survived with their reputations intact: Sachin Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja, Navjot Sidhu, Anil Kumble and, to a lesser extent, Javagal Srinath. Mohammed Azharuddin came in for a bit of stick for his handling of the two games against Lanka, at Delhi, where we went in with four seamers at the cost of a specialist spinner and at Calcutta when he...



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