Home > Features >

MS Dhoni’s men have given justifiable causes for euphoria, but players need to be consistent

MS Dhoni's men have given justifiable causes for euphoria, but players need to be consistent

For Team India, it’s time to enjoy the moment © PTI

By Dhananjay Devasper

The final nail has been hammered into the Australian coffin. India have comprehensively beaten what is being dubbed the worst Australian side in 34 years, in every aspect of the game. Even the nightmares that Shane Warne had, will pale in comparison to what Michael Clarke’s side has experienced in the just-concluded series. India did not even seem threatened, except for two sessions in the Delhi Test when Nathan Lyon produced his best bowling effort of the series to reduce India to a slender lead of 10 runs.

It was a moment that every Indian fan was waiting for, after a series of whitewashes abroad and a pedestrian effort against a resurgent England in India. Beating an Australian side always has its own charm. The Indian team well and truly deserves to be lauded for their efforts. The series brought out some standout performances from some much reviled cricketers. Murali Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja have cemented their place in the side for some time now with their efforts on this tour. In Cheteshwar Pujara one finds a solid middle-order batsman. Shikhar Dhawan showed exactly how one should capitalise on an opportunity given. Ravichandran Ashwin, smarting from the “kick up his backside” after the England series, did what he does best — take wickets.

The media, which was baying for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s blood after the disastrous England series, has started eulogising him. There’s no doubt that Dhoni has led India to every conceivable achievement that anyone in the cricketing world might covet. It was only fitting that he ticked off the media for having double standards after this win.

However, while the win is a great one, it’s also time for some reflection. It is very clear that in this win there were just a few consistent performers across the series, with some support at crucial junctures. This can be a cause for concern when touring South Africa. The last time India played there, India’s bowlers and batsmen were both severely exposed. While Dhoni may say that the era of aggressive fields is over, it might work for an inexperienced team like Australia, but might backfire against a team like South Africa. Even England proved that if similar fields were set, all one had to do was rotate the strike to take the sting out of the bowlers.

While there will definitely be introspection after all the celebrations have died down, for now it’s time to enjoy the moment, uncork the bubbly and take a break from Test cricket. With the Indian Premier League (IPL) coming up, it’s a completely different ballgame that will take centrestage.

Stay tuned…

(Dhananjay Devasper is an “IT guy” by profession and a sports fanatic at heart. He has an unbridled passion for sports and Indian achievements in sport. Extremely opinionated, he attempts offering perspectives around sports which are simple to understand and easy to relate with)

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 17, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 21, 2014 (08:50 IST)   at Melbourne

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Chittagong

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 20, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled(Match rescheduled to 21/11/2014)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 19, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 19, 2014  at Canberra

Australia won by 73 runs

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 16, 2014  at Ranchi

India won by 3 wkts

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 16, 2014  at Perth

South Africa won by 3 wkts

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

Virat Kohli’s challenge in Australia is like Sachin Tendulkar’s task Down Under in 1999-2000

Did N Srinivasan browbeat Mudgal panel?

South Africa’s struggles while chasing

Australia vs South Africa 2014: Aaron Finch could be key batsman for Australia

Keith Pont bicycles across cricket ground while fielding

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 BCCI India New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014

India tour of Australia 2014: KL Rahul confident of doing well

IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal: BCCI affidavit suggests that they took action against ‘Individual 3′

Virat Kohli confirms relationship with Anushka Sharma

Sri Lanka vs England 2014: Alastair Cook eyeing series victory

Sri Lanka vs England 2014: Moeen Ali to open batting with Alastair Cook in tour game against Sri Lanka A

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Dubai: Will Brendon McCullum take the gamble?

Virat Kohli’s challenge in Australia is like Sachin Tendulkar’s task Down Under in 1999-2000

Did N Srinivasan browbeat Mudgal panel?

South Africa’s struggles while chasing

Australia vs South Africa 2014: Aaron Finch could be key batsman for Australia

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

WhatsApp releases a new user-friendly feature for group messages

LOL! This treadmill #fail video is hilarious. Don’t miss the woman wearing heels!

Virat Kohli confirms relationship with Anushka Sharma

Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata, Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2014, 37th Match Preview: Atletico look to reclaim top spot

IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal: BCCI affidavit suggests that they took action against ‘Individual 3′

Happy Ending movie review: Saif Ali Khan and Ileana D’cruz’s quirky romedy will NOT disappoint you

Ladies, experience pain when you pee? Here are 6 reasons why

Xiaomi Redmi Note launch in India imminent

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here