Another disappointing night for India. Once again they lost an important toss, and then batted really well to put up what looked like a winning score. Once again rain played spoilsport and another Indian player got injured. And once again India lost a match they should have won.
Can't plan bowling around one man
India's bowling attack let them down at Cardiff. India's bowling is suffering because of their over-dependence on Zaheer Khan. You can't plan your bowling around one man. India's one-day batting is in good hands with Raina, Kohli and Dhoni in the middle overs, but where are the fast bowlers?
England's bowlers bowl around 135-140 kmph, while India's bowlers are around the 120-125 kmph mark. I hear kids in India want to be like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid when they grow up; what about kids wanting to be like Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan? It is time to look for them. Duncan Fletcher and MS Dhoni have their work cut out once they return to India and start building the side for the future.
People ask me whether Dhoni the captain should speak to his bowlers more often, especially when they are bowling badly. Each captain has his own style. While a captain can speak to his players often, it can be counterproductive in a pressure scenario. Plus, all the talking is best done in the dressing room.
What can anyone say about Rahul Dravid who scored 69 in his farewell one-day match. He is an exceptional cricketer, one of the nicest guys in the game and one of the toughest mentally. India is fortunate to have the likes of the Dravids, the Kumbles and the Srinaths who have so much to offer to Indian cricket - their experience must be utilised at all cost.