The historic day – 6th December 2009, is a day I shall always cherish, not only me but every Indian in whose soul lies nothing but unadulterated cricket
. My love… my pride… my favourite team, – “MY INDIA” reached the pinnacle of glory of being the number one test team for the very first time in the history of international cricket.
The unfortunate beaten side were the rusty Lankans with the worthy exception of the Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara. If being the world cup victors was a mindblowing feeling, being the world champions in test cricket was very special since it was in the royal and most majestic format of the game. MSD’s flamboyant captaincy showed its magical colours for once again India conquered the Lankans and our captain maintained his record of never losing a test series against any side.
Its quite true….”Why fear when Captain Cool is here ??”. The example was set by aggressive skipper Sourav Ganguly eight years back. And following his foot steps, here are we at the height of glory. A team’s performance is said to be the outcome of the collective effort of the playing XI. Similarly, we getting to the top spot is the result of consistent and high quality contribution from the players over the past few years. My heart swells up with admiration whenever I see our players perform with such enthusiasm and team spirit.
I guess no one can deny the fact that we have got a great depth in our batting strength. Even guys down the order have the ability the hit the ball over the rope. We are worthy of being addressed as the champions since our players deserve it wholly. As said, there is hardly any flaw in our batting line up with the likes of Rahul Dravid
– “The Wall”, whose calm and composed game drives the opposition crazy. Then with Virender Sehwag,
our team has the potential to chase down even a massive 400 runs on the final day of the match. He is a guy who makes test cricket every bit as exciting as a T20 game.
The other opener Gautam Gambhir is our second “Dravid” with his tactical approach towards the format of the game. He is basically a fantastic test player who can play both one-day internationals and T20 cricket. Our middle order on paper as well as on the pitch is a formidable one with the big names of legendary Sachin Tendulkar(… Or should I say ‘ton’dulkar ??) who needs absolutely no introduction and VVS Laxman who also has a controlled way of playing his game. And not to forget our dear and most adored leader Mahendra Singh Dhoni who besides being the captain of the side is a top class irreplaceable wicketkeeper batsman. Yuvraj Singh, though currently struggling with his form, also had a crucial role in
India’s journey to the peak.
When it comes to our bowling strength, Zaheer Khan, is presently India’s most trusted seamer who can be expected to send the stumps flying 10 yards back with his spot on deliveries every time he steps on. The next talented seamer is Ishant Sharma, the ‘gigantic’ discovery of year 2008, who very easily baffles the batsman no matter how experienced he might be. Though, he is not in his original self at present, all of us know how dangerous he can be for the opposition in times of need. Then there is Sreesanth who has a knack in confusing the batsmen with his perfect swinging deliveries. The frontline spinner of our side is Harbhajan Singh. His experience spiced up with a good economy rate makes him a great person to have in the side. He picks up wickets at regular intervals giving our team the upper edge. The new comers Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra are great talents as well and its hard to choose one from between them. Mishra initially had shown a lot of promise in his bowling attack but didn’t quite live up to it. Ojha is more preferable as a bowler to Mishra because of his habit of breaking important partnerships by grabbing wickets of significant batsmen at unexpected times. But when it comes to overall performance, Mishra has the upper edge because of the fact that he can bat in times of difficulty.
Therefore, a choice between the two has to be carefully made according to the demand of the situation. So, this is our all-round balanced and fiery India. With this kind of blitzkrieg batting, bowling of high quality, and a lot-more-than-decent fielding, what we expect is a great team performance every time the team steps on the field. Here I end, hoping that India will retain the title of the champions for a very long time to come.
Gooooo INDIANS !!