Charge of young brigade a great sign for future
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, none of whom have played more than 14 Tests, were the chief contributors to that triumph. Sanjay Manjrekar writes.india Updated: Mar 07, 2013 01:05 IST
The greatest news for Indian cricket is that the last win at Hyderabad was shaped by young architects. Yes, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, none of whom have played more than 14 Tests, were the chief contributors to that triumph. For a change, the seniors were like parents sitting on the bench, watching the kids play and give Australia another hiding.
Bhuvneshwar, with his ability to use the pitch and not just depend on the ball's shine, fills Indian fans with hope, especially on overseas pitches.
Every time the first wicket falls early, to see Pujara walking in gives a feeling of security. You know, come what may, he will do everything within his means to arrest a slide with his calm temperament and excellent defensive technique. That he plays a few shots off the back foot too, will be his important life line at No 3, when he will be tested in more demanding batting conditions overseas.
If Vijay can tighten his defence to balls that are full and move around the off stump, his attacking play, so also his willingness to stay for hours at the crease is a great sign going forward.
Ashwin's quick work on his bowling, like keeping it simple and not bowling too many fancy balls, while pitching it fuller and outside off so that more balls are hitting the stumps, is a good development. He learnt a very important lesson against England that will stand him in good stead. He needs to thank England for making him a more mature bowler.
Jadeja's greatest achievement as a Test player has been his ability to keep Pragyan Ojha, a specialist spinner, out of the side. If India get a pitch anywhere in the world where they reckon it will spin a bit, Jadeja will exploit it better than Ojha. He can be a nightmare for batsmen all over the world with his accuracy and pace on a helpful surface. It is nice for Indian cricket to have that option.
The writer is a former India batsman (PMG)