2009, a golden year for India.
If it was India beating the Kiwis down under, If it was the IPL in South Africa or If it was Sachin Tendulkar completing his 20 years in crickets, The most of them was India achieved their feat of becoming the No.1 Test Team in 2009.
All hoped that they will do it in 2009. But they could not defend their title in England but gave it away to their arch rivals Pakis.
It looked like India is the No.1 team in One Day but that also easily ended in 24 hours losing the home series to The Kangaroos.
But with the negligence of Test Cricket by BCCI too, India playing only six test matches in a year could achieve this feat of becoming the No.1 team in Test Cricket. It was a 18 month wish that was fulfilled by Dhoni and Co against The Islanders in The CCI or commonly called Braboune stadium.
If 2-0 win against the Lankans put the Men in Blue on top of the World, they should rewind the 1-0 win against The Black caps that came down under after 4 decades.
Most of all these losses is the huge loss in England T20 World Cup to defend their title. They screwed the minnows Bangladesh and Ireland easily but lost the other three big games in a row to come back home with what? Nothing, but losing the title to The Pakis.
All this was squeezed in 365 days so there was really no time for rest for the Men in Blue. But the poor factor is that India go to Play only 6 test matches in this time.
In fact, the BCCI has scheduled only 2 test matches for the next 11 months.
Becoming the NO.1 team in tests needed a lot of hard work. It was not only the one year but a hard work of a decade. There were many obstacles for The Team but finally got to No.1 in Braboune stadium against Lanka with Sehwag’ superb innings.
WIth Dhoni becoming Indian captain it looked it they are going to win all the matches. But they didn’t even care to defend their T20 title and came out of Champions Trophy without a fight.
WHAT 2010 HAS
With India becoming NO.1 team it is very difficult for them to defend that title. The Men in Blue has to beat The Kangaroos, The Proteas and The Lankans not in Home conditions but away.That journey will start when India tour South Africa in the end of 2010.
Another factor, BCCI too has to do a thing- they have to arrange more test matches six tests in a year is not enough.
The Men in Blue have to improve in bowling and fielding to win shortened versions. Even if their batsmen score 350+ or even 400 the bowling and fielding department has to improve a lot. Even 414 seemed not enough against the Lankans.
India will have a go again to the T20 World coming awaiting for them in West Indies before they play in the 2011 WC
Another mantra will be rest players in some series and give chance for youngsters and others to Capitan. Virat Kohli scored a awesome innings.Even Sehwag’s captaincy was very good winning two matches in a row.
His words after winning-“I was actually supporting Sri Lanka. My superstition is that whenever I support India, we lose. So I was supporting Sri Lanka.” Sehwag’s prayers worked as India won by 3 runs against SL at Rajkot.
2010 is also awaits a packed schedule
From The Bangladesh ODI Tri Series
To Bangladesh Test Series
India- South Africa test series
THE T20 WORLD CUP
and many games to go.
Posted on December 31, 2009, in News, Report and tagged 2009, 2010 matches, australia series, compaq cup, Golden year, india, india no.1, india srilanka, new zealand series, royal stag cup, west indies series. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.