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)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

More

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Cardiff

India won by 133 runs

Photos

Aaron Finch's record 156 vs England in T20I

Videos

Alastair Cook looks ahead to 3rd ODI at Nottingham

MS Dhoni records most stumpings in international cricket during India-England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

India vs England Live Cricket Score 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Ajinkya Rahane guides India

Give Virat Kohli a break, India

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Why India will miss Rohit Sharma

MS Dhoni’s statistics at No 5 and 6 in ODIs are phenomenal

Australia England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

India vs England, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: India looking good after early wicket

India vs England 2014, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Shikhar Dhawan dismissed by Chris Woakes

Hyderabad post 403/6 against TNCA President’s XI in Buchi Babu

James Anderson booed by Indian fans at Trent Bridge in 3rd ODI between India and England

Doug Bollinger might be recalled for Pakistan Test series in UAE

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 3rd ODI at Dambulla: Highlights

MS Dhoni records most stumpings in international cricket during India-England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

Give Virat Kohli a break, India

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Why India will miss Rohit Sharma

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: India’s likely XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

667 Posts | 6 Fans

10 Most Unbeatable Records in Cricket

Ebola infected monkeys said to be recovering with ZMapp

Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 eliminated contestant Kritika Kamra’s online accounts get hacked!

This is the only Apple iPhone 6 leak video you should watch ahead of September 9 launch

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Hyderabad post 403/6 against TNCA President’s XI in Buchi Babu

India vs England 2014, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Shikhar Dhawan dismissed by Chris Woakes

India vs England 3rd ODI: India off to steady start; Score 24/0 in 5 overs at Nottingham

HTC to finally unveil two wearables, Desire 820 with 64-bit processor at IFA on September 4

Norms to blacklist weapon manufacturing firms eased partially

Priyanka Chopra: I can’t go bald for a film just for one or two scenes

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here