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India's youth remove doubts

india Updated: Oct 24, 2011 23:53 IST
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England's team selection was the most surprising aspect of Sunday. Graeme Swann, the world's number one bowler, did not play. If they wanted to salvage pride, Swann should have played.

The innings was yet another story of batsmen not putting up enough runs on the board. This aspect should feature when England do an assessment of what went wrong during the series.

The lack of runs meant that Scott Borthwick did not have much of a cushion. But it was a good lesson early on in his career from a very accomplished India side.

What they brought to the table was entertainment of the highest order. It was a shame that there was not much of a crowd.

Kohli, Raina did country proud
Despite the scepticism around how this team would perform without the likes of Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan, the younger players have stepped up in a fine way.

The likes of Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina have done the country proud with their batting abilities.

In the bowling department, India have unearthed yet another young quick in Varun Aaron. I believe Varun was down with stress fracture and was not 100% ready for debut in England. But he is young, strong and impressed me with his pace as he cleaned up the tail.

In Umesh Yadav and Aaron, India have two impressive young quick bowlers. There is some good stuff to play with here.

If there was an area where India were struggling, it was the pace bowling department. But with the arrival of Yadav and Aaron, it looks good for Indian cricket.

We will play at the Eden Gardens, one of the great stadiums of the world. I hope there will be a crowd, because it is a day before Diwali.

But Kolkata has a history of supporting cricket and the fans are fanatical about the sport.

I am looking forward to the spectacle and I don't think India will have any problems in making it 5-0.

Diwali is a big festival and the celebrations on the streets remind me of Christmas in England. I saw people busy shopping and having a great time. I hope you enjoy the festivities.


(Ian Botham is former England captain and cricket commentator.)