Has Indian cricket moved forward?

Updated: 29 March 2013 15:33 IST

While all, players and pundits alike, applaud the Indian team, there are some like Sourav Ganguly who, though thrilled by the results, feel the Indian team must start winning abroad. That is the true test of strength, that is one mountain still to be climbed.

Has Indian cricket moved forward?

Cherish the moment, celebrate the occasion: it is 4-0 against Australia, not Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. India does not win this big often, nor is Australia used to getting thrashed so soundly.

Given this context, it is fitting that captain Dhoni feels like a Super King, the undisputed Don of cricket. Time for him to bask in the glory of victory and acknowledge the cheers of his devoted subjects with a typically casual wave of hand.

While all, players and pundits alike, applaud the Indian team, there are some like Sourav Ganguly who, though thrilled by the results, feel the Indian team must start winning abroad. That is the true test of strength, that is one mountain still to be climbed.

Now, this is not a remark from a miffed captain who sees his record of wins being bettered - only a justified observation indicating the road ahead for the continued growth of the Indian team. An unemotional wellness check of Indian cricket would confirm that, while there are signs of good health, some critical parameters need to improve .

The key questions then, despite the dismantling of the Aussies, are :

#Has Indian cricket moved forward, taken the leap into a higher league ?

#Do we now have the talent and the resources to extend this surge abroad?

And, the fundamental sawaal: can we win in Australia, England and South Africa?

There is no denying 4/0 is great for creating momentum and boosting the self confidence of the team. In cricket, defeat is a habit (which we embraced last season while losing 8 tests overseas, and then, shockingly, even at home) and so is winning. Hopefully, India will now travel better and not be pushed onto the back foot in foreign conditions.

Whether we have unearthed a bunch of young super kids to drive India forward is not entirely clear. Surely, Pujara is a priceless find, he has the desire and the tools to score on unfriendly pitches and against hostile bowling. Vijay was impressive but got out fending off Siddle - was that a case of a nasty ball undoing him, or a weakness against pace being exposed? Shikhar batted like Bradman on debut but to expect him to repeat his feat is hoping Jadeja scores a triple hundred at Kingsmead.

Equally unlikely that Ashwin and Jadeja will bag 53 wickets between them next time round. Spin is king on manufactured turners but when playing overseas, Ishant and whoever else is fit among fast bowlers will have to get the opposition out twice.

So, net-net, it is terrific to win in such grand style, soak in the moment but don't forget to thank the   helpful conditions which produced this wonderful result.

Topics : Cricket MS Dhoni Shikhar Dhawan Sourav Ganguly Sreesanth Ravindra Jadeja Murali Vijay Ravichandran Ashwin
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