The Indian tail knows how to wag

Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 10:00 [IST]
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The Indian tail knows how to wag

Bridgetown, June 26: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni could not stop praising his lower-order batsmen after going up 1-0 in the Test series against the West Indies and the appreciation is well-deserved given that the team's tailenders have shown steely resolve in recent times.

Since the Hamilton Test against New Zealand in March 2009, India has stacked up an admirable Test record of 12 wins, seven draws and three losses from the 22 Tests it has played.

But that's true only in Tests and substantially different in one-day internationals.

India's lower-half has consistently failed in one-dayers and one doesn''t have to go beyond the present year to understand the phenomenon.

The triumphant World Cup campaign couldn't hide the fact that India lost its final six wickets against England for 33 runs; its' eight wickets for 29 runs against South Africa and final 5 for 36 runs against the West Indies.

Even on the present tour, India lost its final two one-day internationals by staggering margins of 103 runs and seven wickets as its lower half failed to come to the party.

One common ingredient between these two extremely divergent performances of Tests and one-dayers is the presence or absence of mercurial off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Harbhajan Singh made 41 runs in the third one-day international on the present tour to Caribbean and helped India take unassailable 3-0 lead.

But when he went missing in the final two one-day internationals, India lost by the staggering margins of 103 runs and seven wickets.

"The money was promised to Gavaskar, it was agreed upon, it was on drafting stage of agreement (before the then set-up of IPL was changed). It''s been sitting on BCCI chief''s desk for years," Modi said in a rare television interview earlier this week.

Gavaskar, who is here on a commentary assignment, said, "Lalit (Modi) is only reiterating the facts of the matter.

Since the first IPL was round the corner, I was informed that the paperwork and the formalities would be completed soon.

"Mr Pawar had promised to have a meeting with his successor in BCCI and me but it's been a hectic few seasons and so it hasn''t taken place."

"However, since it is a commitment, made by the then BCCI president, I am sure, the matter will be sorted out to everyone's satisfaction. I have full faith in Mr Pawar and BCCI in doing the right thing," he added.


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