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Cricket Columns

Jadeja, Ashwin save the blushes
Saurav Ganguly, Hindustan Times
September 12, 2011
First Published: 23:44 IST(12/9/2011)
Last Updated: 00:45 IST(13/9/2011)

There was excitement galore at Lord's in the fourth one-dayer with India setting a good total, England chasing hard against much improved Indian bowling and fielding, rain intervening and the Duckworth-Lewis method coming into play. But, at the end of it all, the result still didn't go India's way. The match ended in a tie.

I feel India deserved to win this one. After the Test series, India have now lost the one-day series and this is one English summer the Indians would like to erase from memory. At Durham and Lord's, when India looked in control, nature stood as the biggest obstacle. Cardiff can only be an effort to stop another whitewash.

Dhoni hasn't had the luck of the coin till now in this ODI series, and going by India's batting performance against the new ball at The Oval, England captain Cook invited India to bat. Rahane and Parthiv gave India a good start, but India lost the way in the middle overs until Dhoni and Raina took charge.

It was a much-improved display by Raina and I feel the presence of Dhoni at the other end calmed him to play a much sensible yet aggressive knock. Once again, it was proved what happens when Dhoni bats with more number of overs in hand.

He doesn't have to rush his innings; instead he can take charge and then demolish rival bowling. I have been saying, time and again, that he should bat higher up in the order in both T20 and ODIs. He would do more justice to his potential as a match-winner that way.

People might say that Dhoni requires rest after keeping wickets, but I would draw their attention to Adam Gilchrist, who has done it for Australia day-in-day-out and still keeps doing in the IPL. Dhoni is hugely fit and he is one cricketer who has not got bogged down by injuries in this series. Mind you, he has more reasons to tire out mentally because he is the captain.

Indian bowling was nowhere near its best at Lord's but looked improved. RP and Munaf put up a good show but the main effort came from R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

England couldn't run away with the match because of these two young talented spinners. Wizard Communications


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