Raina, Kohli, Vijay need to improve their games P2

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
Published: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 15:47 [IST]
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Time for Raina,Kohli,Vijay to improve P2

This is not what Laxman, Dravid, Sachin and Sourav did or when confronted with a glitch in their game. Time and again, these people have gone out of their way to weed it away. Remember how before the 2004 tour to Australia, Sourav met Greg Chappell Down Under to brace himself up for the short pitch stuff. Again in the same tour, Sachin didn't play a single cover drive en route his unbeaten 241 at Sydney. All this because he felt something wrong had crept into his technique.

One can argue that they are youngsters and need time to iron out the flaws. But that is hardly an excuse, because if they are good enough to play for India then they must be sincere enough to make themselves better with each passing day. Or else there are many who are waiting in the wings to turn out for India.

The flaws of these young batsmen won't be noiticed until the team starts to fail miserably, but then that would be too late to rectify. This is not to say that they are not trying, rather to insist that the efforts are not showing up.

If Indian cricket has to stay at the top for a long period of time, then these are the people who need to take up the responsibility. Sachin, Sourav, Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag have brought us so far and needless to say that they have been through many humiliating tours to reach the pinnacle of their games. Their efforts to improve themselves have made them legends of the game and unless these youngsters start their bid to outdo themselves with each passing there is no way they can make a mark for themselves or the country.

OneIndia Cricket

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