Way to go Windies, Emerald and Australia!

Written by: Sunil Vasudeva
Published: Monday, November 24, 2003, 14:34 [IST]
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The West Indies certainly gave their fans their money's worth by winning the series against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabweans however put on a good show. One always gets to see exciting cricket from players who treat their sport as their bread and butter and give it their all.

Zimbabwe is sorely missing the services of Olonga and Andy Flower. However, it will only be a matter of time before those shoes will be filled. The West Indians are beginning to win abroad and are getting some good pace bowlers and the ever reliable Brian Lara is there leading the way. A true match winner to the core.

Sri Lanka really blasted the English to their second lowest ODI score and then won by 10 wickets. Hats off to veteran Chaminda Vaas who has shown that he still has a trick or two up his sleeve and is a force to be reckoned with.

The way the lower order players batted for England showed that they were keen to make the difference where their top-level batsmen failed. Hats off also to the debutant bowlers who showed no signs of nerves as they dismantled the English batting order to set up an easy target to reach.

The recently concluded TVS Cup gave us the expected result. Ponting always knew his team would win. It was the Indians who were in their usual delusional state thinking they could topple the champs.

The Indians were simply "Auss-tracized" from what can be called a competent display by the Aussie bowlers, and second stringers at that. Does this Indian team really need to tour Australia? Haven't they been humiliated enough? All the crowing about the atmosphere in Eden Gardens put the Indians in a complete smog.

The two innings were a stark contrast. After Agarkar and Khan got the initial breakthroughs, the Aussies showed what guts are all about (Indians please take note) when the following batsmen undid the damage and posted a somewhat respectable total.

As I was watching the game in progress, I knew that the Indians would do what they are best at doing - tamely folding up. They did not prove expectations wrong. Thank you so much. You are so predictable.

The vast array of dropped catches was the Indian mantra for the day. We need to remember, however, the Indians unlike the aforementioned teams do not have the hunger to succeed. They play the most predictable and boring cricket at present. Even Bangladesh won praise from Steve Waugh. What are the chances India will?

An Indian tailender has no sense of batting responsibility. Truly heartless, spineless, and gutless. But, that does not effect the paycheck because the advertising contracts have their bellies flowing over. Of course, fingers are probably pointing at Sachin for failing. Let me repeat, he is not a champion batsman. So be realistic in what he can (not) do. Stop blaming him.

Aavishkar Salvi is going to Australia. After what happened at Eden Gardens, are the selectors having second thoughts. The Aussie populace is going to see very predictable, boring cricket for the next few months. I hope their TV stations have other interesting stuff in the offing. Australia is going to beef up their lead at the top and the Indians are only glad to oblige. Way to go West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Australia. Zimbabwe thanks for the brave display. Likewise England. India... is a completely sorry predictable story. The lion (Australia) gets ready for the weasel (India).

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