Lets just get this out of the way.
We went there with our cricket at a pretty low point. Knocked out of the World Cup before the Super 8s, talk of rifts within the team , a coach who we could find nothing right with and Sachin and Saurav “rested” for the ODIs meant we were left to choose from a system we could find nothing right with either.
And so a makeshift coach and a team selection that nobody quite agreed with. All this with the additional backdrop of squabbles about money and endorsements.
We’ve come away 2-0 in the ODI series with the third game rained away. And the one Test of the two match series where a result was possible, we have decimated them. First we get 610 for 3 in 150. Then we get them twice in 95 overs. Innings and 239 runs. Slam !
And this with three frontline Test batsmen and two frontline Test bowlers not in the lineup.
Now, the season moves on. First the hunt for a new coach as it looks like the BCCI for all its marketing skill is not able to make Shastri an offer he can’t refuse..
Meanwhile though, as Dravid (typically) says, “We came here to play good cricket. I thought we did that. And we did it in tough conditions.”
Agreed. Well done.