HOME PAVILION SHOP ACADEMY CRICSTOCK FANTASY CRICKET BLOGS FORUMS FULLTOSS GAMES DOOSRA FRONTFOOT MOBILE RSS
Live Coverage
  Live Scorecards
  Upcoming Matches
  Results
     
News
  World Cricket News
  USA Cricket News
  American Cricket History
  Newstracker
     
Views
Frontfoot
Dreamcricket RSS
 
Views
 
Tour of Ireland
by Gulu Ezekiel
Jun 22, 2007
Indian cricket fans are quick to anger and even quicker to forgive and forget.

The fury that exploded after India’s shock early exit from the World Cup has subsided to some extent after the successful tour of Bangladesh last month

. Now for the wounds to fully heal India needs to regain its magic touch in the series of ODIs in the UK first against Ireland on Saturday, then against South Africa, Pakistan and England. No one is going to underestimate the minor ODI nations any more after the shocks of the World Cup. And one of the biggest shocks of all time was Ireland stunning Pakistan. So Saturday’s game in Belfast may not be a walk in the park for the former world champions.

The Indian team has a strange look to it with the exclusion of Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh who have been such an integral part of the set-up over six to seven years. While the batting will as always depend on the stalwarts—themselves going through a painful period of redemption—it is the bowling that is a cause for worry, both due to the inexperience and fitness levels of the pace bowlers in particular.

It is an exciting time for Irish cricket after they made it to the Super Eights stage of the World Cup and they will surely be gunning for another upset in front of their colourful home fans. Hopefully the Indian team will not spring any more unpleasant surprises on their fans this time around and if they ease past the Irish, the big test will come against South Africa.

There will be three ODIs against South Africa and one against Pakistan in a span of eight days following the Ireland game and that should test the mettle of the team before they begin their tour of England in right earnest.

No doubt Indians and Pakistanis living in England will be making a beeline in their hordes to Glasgow for the one-off ODI on July 3.

For the first time in over a decade the Indians will be without a traveling coach. Chandu Borde, Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh will be providing plenty of support and feedback in the absence of a full-time coach. However, if Greg Chappell’s elder brother Ian is to believed, such a post is redundant and pointless in international cricket, a view shared by Shane Warne. Once the team returns in September, we will know whether those Aussie greats are right or if a suitable replacement can and will be finally found for the younger Chappell brother.

 
More Views by Gulu Ezekiel
  Book Review: Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2014
  Pankaj: Bengal's Forgotten Cricket Legend
  Book Review - My Journey to the World Cup: The Sky is the Limit
  When Pietersen played in Duleep Trophy
  Foul language on the field of play
More...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AFFILIATED COMMUNITIES
Write to us to find out how your club or league can get the benefits of being an affiliate of the DreamCricket League platform.

DreamCricket.com runs an Academy that is an affiliate of the USA Cricket Association (USACA).
 
PAVILION SHOP
DREAMCRICKET ACADEMY
NEWS
COMMUNITY
FANTASY CRICKET
MORE GAMES
FULLTOSS
RSS
 
 
 
 
 
 
  About Us  |   Dreamcricket in the Media  |   Event Management  |   Disclaimer © 2014 DreamCricket.com