A couple of years ago Anil Kumble while paying handsome compliments to the Indian batting said that the huge totals piled up gave the bowlers that much more freedom and the confidence to do well. He was talking of Test matches but the same can be said about the shorter versions of the game in which Indian cricket's traditional strength - the batting - has frequently lived up to its lofty reputation.
Bowlers win matches it is said but the same does not always hold good for Indian cricket for often it is the batting that has helped the team to come up trumps. The famous Natwest Trophy final in England in 2002 is a case in point but it is by no means an isolated one.
The point made by Kumble was driven home in no uncertain terms by events at Nagpur on Wednesday. With the cushion of a total of 354 behind them the Indian bowlers could perform with utmost confidence and the result was a most emphatic victory that leveled the series.
And, while, the second game in the seven-matchRead More »from Dhoni took full control