Indian Cricket: A smooth transition required

India is a cricket crazy nation and thus majority of people have their own view-point on what’s happening on and off the cricket field whether its Dada retirement or Dravid’s sluggish form offlate or Harbhajan-Symonds brawl.
Lately India has been doing well in ongoing Border-Gavaskar trophy 2008 vs Australia. For the past few days Indian newspapers and media have questioned Australia’s supremacy as World’s Best Team and have portayed India as serious contender as the team replacing them. The same media has lamblasted the team after they lost series to Sri-Lanka and has questioned place of Fab 4 in the team.
No doubt India has played brilliant cricket in this series as a team and under the new Mr Cool captain Dhoni haven’t scumbbed to pressure which it earlier used to do especially after taking 1-0 lead in the series. As i write this blog on the 4th day of 4th test at Nagpur,Dhoni-Harbhajan were involved in brilliant 100+ run partnership at time when India was reeling at 166-6. This handling of pressure under such conditions is a big difference between present team and the earlier teams.

But even after India’s improved showing vs Aussies, still there is some way to go before we arrive to any conclusions about Aussies downfall and India’s emergence as World’s top cricketing nation. Like Australia,India is in transition phase with Kumble retiring, Ganguly playing his last test and also Dravid low scores lately will also raise many eyebrows. Tendulkar has utmost 1-2 years of cricket left in him and so has Laxman. Its very important that the transition is carried out in smooth manner, otherwise a void will be created which will be too difficult to fill. Especially in test arena, there haven’t been much players around who can match or show promise which Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid showed in their early 20’s. In spin department , Amit Mishra has shown the promise but still there is long way to go before we can term or Piyush Chawla or Ojha as a suitable replacement for Kumble. At the same time there are players like Gambhir, Badrinath, Raina who have showed lot of promise lately but still need to be tested in longer version of the game which infact is the real test of grit, patience and determination.
Indian media and people need to be bit more responsible in their analysis and not reaching conclusions far too early.Transition will take time,what is required is utmost respect to the seniors who have done Indian cricket proud and building confidence of youngsters to follow their footsteps.

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