The positives and the value of Wright

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Saturday, June 9, 2001, 21:31 [IST]
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Bangalore: If one were to weigh India's performance against the Zimbabweans, it definitely would be in the positive. But given the quality of the opposition, normally these performances tend to get slighted and the reason being, though Zimbabweans are no pushovers, they still are in the process of honing their Test skills.

However, what has been impressive and definitely a huge plus has been India's fielding. We have seen the Indians pull off brilliant catches before but the consistency with which they are pulling them off now is remarkable. The overall picture? They are swifter, fitter and keener out there on the field. And who has brought all these about? Without a doubt it has to be Mr Wright.

Thanks to John Wright, it does look like the Indians do know how to field, after all! Time and again the Indian fans had to make do with mediocre fielding which did tell on the final outcome of the game. In spite of it, there was no serious effort from the Indians to change any of it. Series after series, we had to make do with it but the last two series has definitely seen an upswing in the fielding department.

That apart, India's bowling department also wears a healthier look. Although Zimbabweans may not be top-notch batsmen, it must be said that the Indian attack looks sharper. I will not say that they are a threatening attack like the Aussies, South Africans or the Pakistanis but they definitely have tightened a bit and with a little more of hard work can be a very effective attack. (We are basically talking of bowling on foreign soil.)

It was always known that India did possess talent but it was also known that lack of professionalism and a lot of dirty politics had laid India low on many occasions. If ever the Indian cricket administrators have to be commended for job well done, then opting for a foreign coach is to be the one.

There were many who went up in arms saying that, it is degrading for India to opt for a foreign coach when we have such experienced and renowned cricketers in our own land, why pay a foreigner so much and talks to that effect.

One thing we should remember that when we Indians opt for a drink we don't find it degrading to go for imported brands. For that matter our clothes, perfumes, shampoos, even to small things such as blades and pins we prefer foreign stuff.

Why? Because we know the quality and efficiency of those goods can be counted upon - with due respects to the Indian goods. Well, then why not a foreign coach, if he is good enough?

Before I wander off and coming back to the ongoing series, although there is a long way to go for the Indians to reach the top, they are shaping up well.

With regards to batting, the top and middle order haven't been exactly impressive, but it must be said that the attitude of the lower order is very refreshing.

In closing, for the sake of Indian cricket, lets hope that no outside interest and undue politics on behalf of the administrators and to an extent the players come in the way of India's rebuilding process.

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