Everybody was pretty sure England would be no good in the one-day series and that India would run away with the trophy by a fat margin. While praise was being showered everywhere about the Indian team effort in the test series and the intense desire to win that India displayed these traits seemed to have gone on a sudden holiday in the first one-dayer of the series of seven.
Rahul Dravid's decision to bowl first against England will be subjected to much discussion and debate just like what happened when he decided not to impose the follow-on in the Oval Test. The wisdom of hindsight tells us there was absolutely no swing or any kind of assistance available to the bowlers from the pitch and hence the debate. However, the fact remains that England were just too good for India and India just too bad to merit a victory.
Really, the only two batsmen who look capable of delivering very consistently are Dravid and Kaarthick. Though every other batsman in the Indian team too is worth his weight in gold, the haunting unpredictability is still a worrying factor.
That said, the English batting was simply superb. Cook and especially Ian Bell scripted truly beautiful innings. Totally, as Collingwood later said England played a 'perfect kind of game'. But then it is very rare that a day is 'perfect' in cricket. And so, I hope India can bounce back in this series in the second game. Atleast that will provide temporary relief if not for the more permanent alternative namely consistency.