Invariably, teams that have had success in India over the past decade have learned to embrace the country as it is. There is no doubt that the many dollars, and opportunities for future dollars, on offer have eased that. But even then, the acceptance has often been a grudging one, of the give-me-my-bucks-and-I'm-out-of-here variety.
After India's loss in the series against Pakistan, it was expected that the selectors would make a few changes to the team for the ODI series against England. That they made only one, with Sehwag left out of the squad, was a little surprising.
India won in Ahmedabad and England never seemed to have a realistic chance of even saving the game was not just expected, it was likely from the moment that Cheteshwar Pujara took root and then blossomed at the crease.
Saurabh started out as a management graduate working for multi-national banks, but switched careers mid-way to cricket. He started his cricket writing career with Cricbuzz in early 2009. He was the first person to join Cricbuzz in an editorial role, and spent 3 years with the company, heading the editorial desk during his stay. His cricketing assignments included following the Indian cricket team during the 2011 World Cup.
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