For Indian cricket, this extraordinary season has run on two tracks as yet: riveting
performances and sweet revenge on the one, sentimentalism and grand gestures on the other.
Australia were stuffed by the New Age cricket that Ricky Ponting had threatened, but M S Dhoni deployed so ruthlessly instead. Has the pecking order changed? Are the Aussies in a free-fall? Is India top of the pops now? These are the FAQs dotting the cricket landscape. The next 12-18 months should provide some concrete answers.
But no less compelling was the poignant melodrama involving the five senior pros in the side which could have come straight out of a treacly Rajshri flick where do-gooders abound, altruism and sacrifice are seen as matter-of-fact, differences between people are settled in the nick of time, and finally all ends well.
Okay, I am being a tad facetious, but the simultaneous retirements of Saurav Ganguly and Anil Kumble became an occasion for national lament not just for their fantastic records, but also because of how the Indian dressing room...