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Australians get their revenge
by Gulu Ezekiel
Oct 12, 2007
Stung by their defeat at the hands of the eventual world champions in the semifinals of the Twenty-20 World Cup, world Fifty-50 holders Australia came to India with the stated intention of gaining revenge.

The series is not yet over—there are two matches left—but already it has come as a harsh reality check for the T-20 world champs. It reminds me of the West Indian side that toured India under Clive Lloyd in 1983-84.

Supremely confident of making it three titles in a row, the 1975 and 1979 champions became a touch too cocky and were shocked in the final of the 1983 Prudential World Cup.

Lloyd offered to quit in the dressing room immediately after that stunning upset. But his teammates persuaded him to stay on so they could teach India a lesson in their backyard. The result was a 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series and a 3-0 win for the Caribbeans in the five Test matches. Not that it could ever change the fact that India were world 50-overs champions in 1983 and world 20-over champions 24 years later!

It will take a superhuman effort for India to win the remaining two games and level the series following Thursday’s trouncing at Vadodara.

Remember, the narrow verdict achieved by the Indians at Chandigarh was the first time India have beaten Australia in an ODI after 12 straight losses going back to late 2003.

That kept the series alive at 1-2. But with the first match at Bangalore abandoned as a no-result (even though Australia had the upper hand when the rains came), the most the hosts can hope to achieve at this stage is a drawn series.

Australia have looked formidable, notwithstanding the Chandigarh reverse where they were strangely lethargic towards the end. They have been able to take everything India have thrown at them and come back stronger than ever.

The lesson that needs to be learned—and fast--is that there is a vast difference between the 20-over game and the 50-over version. The euphoria of India’s victory in Johannesburg is already beginning to wear off.

The Pakistanis will be in India next month for another series of five ODIs (and three Test matches). And while the Indian public may be forgiving if their side lose to the world champions, there won’t be that much understanding if Dhoni and his men fail to beat their arch-rivals.
 
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