As a staunch believer in India's batting might I admit I am baffled by the defeat at Galle. What is even more perplexing is that Sri Lanka won by ten wickets with a day to spare following the second day's washout.
I am well aware that Sri Lanka at home are a difficult side to beat and I also know that India has won three Tests to Sri Lanka's five in matches played in the island nation and that India has lost the last two contests away in 2001 and 2008. But then, India were not the No 1 Test playing nation.
I always trace India's climb to the top which they attained last year following a series of fine performances to the memorable victory over Australia at Kolkata in 2001. For me that match underlined India's batting strength, for after following on they scored 657 for seven declared, thanks mainly to the record 376-run fifth wicket partnership between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.
Since then, Indian batting has frequently touched dizzy heights and going into the Galle Test weRead More »from Onus is on the star studded batting line-up