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Other teams will not fear Australia any longer

India won’t get over this win in a hurry. Australia were pinned down to a 2-0 margin, the first time in 20 years when the world champions have suffered such an ignominy, and the crown is now within grasp.

cricket Updated: Nov 11, 2008 01:16 IST

India won’t get over this win in a hurry. Australia were pinned down to a 2-0 margin, the first time in 20 years when the world champions have suffered such an ignominy, and the crown is now within grasp. Seniors and juniors have performed and what’s more, have shown an exemplary respect for each other. It was best illustrated when Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked Sourav Ganguly to lead one last time. In his hour of glory, young Dhoni didn’t forget to pay tribute to his departing senior. Dhoni is not only a fine leader, he is also a statesman in the making.

It wasn’t going to be easy for Australia on the final day. I never thought they stood a chance. Their best chance was on the third day when the third wicket pair had given them a good platform. But they wasted it by batting too slowly. There is no point in saying that Indians were too defensive on the field or that their over-rates were too slow. Australia ought to have shown more urgency. There was another chance at tea on day 4 but the most bizzare tactics put paid to Australian hopes.

I am tempted to say that the old world order is over. Australia will not be feared any longer.

India on the other hand have the future in their hands. They are impressive in ODIs and T20 and now in Tests their soaring graph has put them on a different plane. They seem poised to be the leaders of the world. With young men making their marks and seniors refusing to fade away, India is the team to fear in the world arena.

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