It was after a pretty long time that we got to watch two Indian spinners bowling in tandem in a one-day match playing outside the subcontinent. And as it turned out, the selection was a masterstroke. Infact it almost seemed to be the sanest thing to do. Maybe it did not happen much in recent times due to the lack of some good spinners. But now, I am pretty sure Romesh Powar and Piyush Chawla are going to feature in the Indian team for a long time to come.
Piyush Chawla was very successful in outwitting the batsman on more than a few occasions and Romesh Powar's control was absolutely awesome to watch. Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble have finally got competition. Whatever happens in the next match, one thing is for sure: India will once again go in with two spinners whatever the pitch report might be like.
So the India-England series is now level at 1-1. Still, though India got 329(and that is huge) and won the match by 9 runs, there is still that feeling of inadequacy.
For starters, the fact that we allowed England to get so close to the target of 330 even after having gotten them on the mat at 240-7 is a shame. Then there is the pathetic fielding and catching which still remains to be the haunting ghost for India. Wonder what Robin Singh, the fielding coach, is upto. As far as I can see there is no obvious improvement in the fielding at all. No diving stops in the outfield and no extra efforts to stop the extra run. And ofcourse catches continue to go down by the dozen.
There are 5 more matches to go and to beat this England team(as unpredictable as their Indian counterparts) and take the series is surely going to take a lot more than what the cricketers did in this match.
And surely Dhoni needs to be coming before Yuvraj Singh. He takes a lot more time to settle down than any other player and it would in India's best interests if he can get some balls to play off quietly, for, after that, he can be very explosive. He should be coming in at No.4 with Dravid at 3 and Yuvraj at 5. Some food for thought there for the think-tank.