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Mindset will matter more than technique

After the Test series loss, the Indian team and its fans will be hoping for a turnaround in the shorter format of the game. Sourav Ganguly writes. Their corner

india Updated: Feb 01, 2012 01:44 IST
Sourav Ganguly

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After the Test series loss, the Indian team and its fans will be hoping for a turnaround in the shorter format of the game.

Both the teams are full of young legs and so the mobility and enthusiasm on the ground should be much higher. This is a format in which India has dominated more than their counterparts.

India has been a T20 world champion whereas the Australians have only reached the final. The match will be held at a new venue, the Olympic stadium. It will be interesting to find out how it lives up to the cricketing atmosphere.

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In the two match series, it's going to be more the mindset than the technicalities of the players that is going to matter. India will be bolstered by the inclusion of many a youngster, who should be raring to go and get noted for the future, as Indian cricket is on the verge of undergoing a sea change.

It is sure that there will be a lot more spark in this Indian team than the one which featured in the Test series.

Whether that exuberance will be good enough to win a cricket match only time will tell. India should look to utilise Irfan Pathan as an all-rounder as he can be a good package in the shortest form.

Australia's new T20 captain George Bailey is considered a sound cricketing brain in this part of the world.

The selectors have gone by the form of the players in the Big Bash and that's why the forty-plus Brad Hogg has got a call-up. In England, India failed to arrest their downslide after losing the Tests. I wish they turn things around this time.

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(The former India captain is a commentator)