It’s a moment of reflection. The obvious gains of the Brabourne Test are in public domain. Also, that Sachin Tendulkar nursed this dream for 20 long years. It was touching to see India’s greatest and a very, very private individual bare his soul on Sunday.
Indian cricket has seen the future. This future can only remain its present if the process is intact. A set of openers who, possibly, are India’s best-ever opening combination; a middle order to virtually die for and a wicketkeeper-batsman who is intent on reliving the days of Adam Gilchrist.
No bowling attack the world over can breathe easy till it has seen the back of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The world’s best also have a bowling attack which is varied, potent and hungry.
Never before has an India team had so many match-winners.
Tendulkar is a father figure who somebody like Yuvraj Singh calls “grandpa” in jest. Rahul Dravid has rediscovered the consistency of his prime; Yuvraj is a perennial danger and Virender Sehwag a living nightmare for bowlers.
Zaheer Khan has been magnificent over the last couple of years and nobody discounts Harbhajan Singh, and young guns like Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha are ready to step up to the plate.
The safeguards must follow now. It’s good that Michael Young will open a new world of fielding norms for our cricketers.
One hopes he has a longer association as do the support staff and coach Gary Kirsten.
It’s important that Tests have a fair share in calendar.
If the game’s oldest and most prized format is to retain its glow, it’s critically vital that it flourishes in cricket’s financial nerve centre. It’s crucial that India do well in Test cricket. This decade has been the defining one for Indian cricket.
In all of this let us not forget the role of Anil Kumble who played a critical role in this process.
The self-belief is now being reflected in the bench strength. Murali Vijay is now ready even if his two matches come a year apart; Ojha isn’t disheartened if he loses his spot and Gautam Gambhir is confident enough to vacate his spot for there are others to fill the breach.
In this new, brave world of Indian cricket, anything is possible.
The fun ride has begun in earnest.