India must also be concerned by the inconsistency of the younger players. Across professions, consistency is a direct product of work ethic. The greats were defined by their consistency because they were wedded to work ethic. No oddball gambler ever achieved greatness – Harsha Bhogle
The just concluded tri-series in Sri Lanka seriously exposed our so-called ‘Youngistan’s’ arrogance. Apart from Virender Sehwag, no one even bothered/was able to join the fight, forget the party. In the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan – the World Cup expectants were supposed to find their feet but sadly didn’t even come close to doing that. Bowlers did manage to purchase some benefits but the primary concern, which must be haunting Dhoni and Kirsten, was the batting which Indian team has been boasting of for long.
How they fared during the tour: The opening game for Team India against New Zealand, without Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum, was a disaster. The Kiwis surprised India by a 200-run defeat. Chasing 289 runs to win, a dismal batting effort by India saw them getting bowled out for 88 with Ravindra Jadeja scoring the highest of 20 runs. Welcome to the team! Read full story from publisher