- By far the most important consequence of the match is that India's run rate got a crucial shot in the arm and we have now moved ahead of Bangadesh in the points table.
- The next most important thing is that Sehwag scored runs. Of course We still do not know if he has broken the shackles and come out of the bad patch but atleast he has proven something to himself.
- And it was refreshing to see the Indians go about their task with atleast a touch of professionalism. They were not looking to merely rip the leather off the ball right from ball one as they seemed to have tried doing against Bangladesh.
- Yuvraj is doing very well. He is at the top of his game and is striking the ball so well that his bat seems to have no edges. Atleast one Indian batsman who's form is not in doubt.
However, for some reason(maybe the foolish public outrage has shaken him up) Dhoni didnt seem very comfortable. Not that we needed him this time. Also, though Ganguly again got 80+ runs he sure was not timing the ball as well as we would expect him to and Uthappa is suddenly looking very ordinary.
The bowling had to be good given the kind of batsmen they were up against and Kumble's inclusion was, for me, a good thing.
Overall, India's chances of progressing into the super 8 somehow looks a little better. But only time will tell. I am waiting anxiously for the 23rd of March when the we take on the Lankans. We need to beat them and by a good margin too. And hope the Lankans convincingly thrash the Bangladeshis. That would brighten our chances much more.