In the end, it all worked out well
It was pleasing to see Sehwag and Yuvraj find rhythm at Vizag, writes Ravi Shastri.Updated: Feb 18, 2007 05:13 IST
My prediction that Sri Lanka would be hammered by India has come true — it could have been 3-0 for the hosts but for their hara kiri in Rajkot. It was pleasing to see Sehwag and Yuvraj find rhythm at Vizag, though the former's dismissal suggests he still can be infuriatingly casual. He must show he values his wicket.
Yuvraj batted with authority, moving easily and driving with felicity.
There was more than a glimpse of his old regal self, which augurs well for India. He was in the kind of form that can put everyone else in the shade, and the timing of this innings couldn't have given India greater joy.
Sourav Ganguly brought his experience into play during Yuvraj's onslaught. He has been impressive in the last few months but the old Ganguly who came down the track to spinners every second ball was missing.
We saw it in ample measure at Vizag as he quickly put leggie Bandara — who got him in Goa — in his place.
Robin Uthappa too played an authoritative innings; he is powerful and fearless, just the man you need at the start. Looking back, Sri Lanka would realise that some issues need looking into. The team relies too much on Jayasuriya, who came good only in Kolkata. Atapattu and Jayawardene struggled for form and Sangakkara seemed to have used up all his runs early.
Without Vaas and Muralitharan, their bowling was sub-par. They also had the irritating inability to avoid no-balls and wides.
India, though, must not forget the injuries to a few key players. One would have liked to see more of Irfan Pathan, but his sore shoulder hasn't allowed that. One hopes he would not be found wanting at the big stage.
First Published: Feb 18, 2007 05:13 IST