Will India 'pay back' the Kiwis and build-on?

Written by: Nivedita Aluri
Published: Monday, June 16, 2003, 17:45 [IST]
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Bangalore: Though India was the second best team in the World Cup it was a glaring fact that the gap between the first (Australia) and the second team was enormous. While Indians did extremely well to reach the finals after a bad start to their World Cup campaign, their performance in the final game left a lot for asking. Time is getting close for a few senior bowlers to call it quits. Order of the nature is that new leaves replace the old. The youngsters should be groomed to fit into the seniors' shoes.

Its time for Indian cricket to look for the future prospects after the encouraging performance in the World Cup. With the home series against the Kiwis, India cannot ask for a better time to try out the youngsters. They can afford enough time to settle down.

It has been emphasised for a long time that Indian team has not had a genuine fast bowler especially after the exit of Kapil Dev. And the current crop of bowlers fall short of beans to give Kumble or Harbhajan any sort of competition.

Indian team has hitherto been a team with a strong batting line up. Bowlers' performance has gone unnoticed on most occasions. But efforts have to be made to strike a balance. India will have to develop genuine pacers who can bounce the ball on dead pitches and spinners who can turn the ball even on wickets conducive for pace.

The need for genuine pacers in India can hardly be over emphasised. Lot depends on the pitches on the domestic scene. Board should take the responsibility to prepare proper pitches rather than modify the same old slow and dead wickets. Although there were a few steps initiated in the direction of making pitches conducive to pace there is still no improvement in the same.

Will the Board go for the same old spin tracks against the Kiwis at home or "for a change" will it take the challenge of preparing pacy and trying wickets? Wining or losing is a part of the game but the attitude matters. Will Indians retaliate? Will they make the kiwis taste some of their own medicine? Will it be a pay back time? The 'Will' have to wait and watch!!


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