Vantage point

Monday, October 04, 2004

Let the games begin!!

The lip smacking treat of another test series between India and Australia is just under two weeks away. The mood amongst the Indians fans would be as mixed as the mood amongst the Indian players. How will they look forward to the series?

My guess is, they are looking forward to this series ferociously. Over the past couple of seasons, one has noticed that one thing this team is full of is self-belief. And this trait is kindled most intensely when the media is writing them off. After the disastrous tour of New Zealand, the media was castigating the team, we replied with a good World Cup campaign. At the beginning of the Aussie tour last year, the media was again targetting the Indian team after their failure against New Zealand at home and the TVS Cup. We responded in a way that made the world sit up and take notice.

Now the team finds itself in the same position. Everyone is doubting it, and again, it will be the Australians who will be at the opposite end.

I am going to stick my neck out and predict an Indian win...maybe 3-1, or 2-1.

The reason is the same as last time. We can out-bat them. Especially on the subcontinent, and especially with both our spinners fit and in fine form.

Like last time, this is going to be a contest of who outbats whom.

On form, one might back the Aussies, but on class I would back the India.