Tom Moody gets immediate result from his boys

Written by: Sunil Vasudeva
Published: Thursday, August 11, 2005, 16:30 [IST]
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And the final score is, Tom Moody 3, Greg Chappell 0. The Sri Lankans showed what stuff they were made of by resoundingly winning the Indian Oil Cup. All this after dealing with the tsunami that hit the Emerald isle, coupled with the anguish of not knowing how their loved ones had fared in the affected areas.

Also, they got their wish in that they had hoped that the BCCI would have chosen Chappell to coach India over Tom Moody. Tom is getting immediate results from his wards, and Greg, not quite. But that is not Mr. Chappell's fault. A workman can only produce the final product his tools allow him to.

For the Indians, to put it in a nutshell, New Coach + New Captain = Same Result. Remember, it was Greg who called the Indians "chokers" not too long ago. Looks like the "choke" hold has yet to loosen fully. Team India has not lost the habit of "snatching efeat from the jaws of victory". They were at the threshold of an amazing win but the Sri Lankans kept their nerve and in the process made India lose theirs. Thus, Sri Lanka also won the mental battle as well.

Dravid put it aptly, "They (Sri Lanka) have quality bowlers and it was not easy to get big runs off them in the last overs." India was in the driver’s seat until the 41st over and then it was all downhill from there. Not to forget, the Sri Lankan last overs strangulation had an accomplice, reckless batting from the Indians. Team India now sits in the 7th spot in the ICC ODI rankings with their only solace being that at least they are better than West Indies, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh!

With the 2007 World Cup looming over the horizon, what can be expected from team India? Cricket is a sport of glorious uncertainties, so one never knows what can happen. Who expected the Indians to win in 1983 over the all conquering West Indies? Who expected a total of 183 to be defendable? Who expected them to make it to the finals of the 2003 World Cup? Never mind the fact that the Aussies romped home.

Hats off to England for the amazing win at Edgbaston! Australia found out what a vital cog Glenn McGrath is in their machinery. Andrew Flintoff justifiably deserved the Man of the Match award. In the fourth innings stretch he held on to the easiest of catches to get rid of the dangerous Gilchirst.

The English did not lose their nerve during the critical junctures of that match. They truly are the #2 test team in the world! What a big gap McGrath will leave in team Australia once he retires!

Here's wishing Shane Warne all the best as he gets set to become the first bowler to cross the 600 wicket mark in Test cricket. What a fighting spirit he has shown! He is also very matter of fact about his retirement, saying that once he feels he is not enjoying it anymore he'll retire.

Until then we'll see a lot of teams get "Warned". His departure too will leave a gaping hole in the Aussie armory.

Congratulations to Sanath Jayasuriya for becoming the fourth batsman to cross the coveted 10,000 run mark in ODIs! He is the one who invented the art of "slam bang" cricket and in the process has also shown how to keep a cool head during the "slam bang" process. During the past week we have truly seen a celebration of cricket, both in the Test and ODI arena. May there be many more.

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