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Nick of time
by Gulu Ezekiel
Feb 03, 2007
It could well be that the Indian team is peaking at the right time. The sudden slump in form that began in the West Indies in May last year and continued for the rest of 2006 has hopefully been finally arrested and in the nick of time too.

Of course it is never wise to sound too optimistic about the home team’s performance on the kind of plumb batting tracks this series produced, in stark contrast to the wickets for the Champions Trophy late last year that gave the edge to the bowlers and on which India were found wanting.

Still, the 3-1 verdict and the tons of runs produced by the top batsmen will give the team a much-needed boost after all the trials and tribulations of last seven to eight months.

There were plenty of positives coming out of this series and if the Indians can carry this momentum forward to next week’s series against Sri Lanka, it will do them a world of good with the World Cup less than six weeks away.

A couple of cracking good knocks by opener Robin Uthappa has sealed his place for the West Indies and now it remains to be seen if Virender Sehwag can force his way back in to the side. He will get his final chance to impress in the Sri Lanka encounters after a personally disastrous last six months.

It should be remembered here that Sehwag had an outstanding one-day series in the West Indies last May and that might weigh in his favour when the final 15 for the World Cup is picked on February 12. Another plus-point is his off spin bowling which adds a vital extra string to India’s bowling bow in ODIs.

The other heartening feature of the series was the return of Yuvraj Singh. It is hard to over-estimate his worth to the team and one can only wonder how India would have fared if he had not injured himself during warm-ups the day before the Champions Trophy tie against Australia last October. One can safely assume we would not have had to suffer the ignominy of a 4-0 whitewash in South Africa had he been in the side.

Since it is unlikely that Mohammad Kaif and Suresh Raina will find a place for the World Cup, the subsequent slump in fielding standards in their absence can be stemmed to some extent with Yuvraj’s return.

The Man of the Series award for Sachin Tendulkar and the confirmation that time spent out of the national side has done Sourav Ganguly a world of good were the other positives to emerge. Now for Sri Lanka.

 
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