The Aussie captain had this to say after his team tasted an uncharacteristically comprehensive defeat at the hands of India:
"We fell short by 15 runs. We gave away too many extras - 23 extras means four extra overs. We did it the other night also and we need to buck up. Harbhajan and Kartik bowled well. Gambhir batted well. We would like to play more matches against the new generation Indian players."Two Twenty20 defeats in a row and I think that last line (in bold letters) can mean only one thing: Punter badly wants another Twenty20 game against the "new generation" Indians to try and get back at them.
I have a feeling that this is only the beginning of a healthy rivalry that is going to get started between the Indian and Australian teams in Twenty20 cricket.
Ponting and all of us will have to wait till the 1st of February when India and Australia will meet at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for another Twenty20 international game. That's a long wait but let me tell you, the action on that day is going to be well worth the wait!