• The Indians are trying their best to catch up with the Australians at the top but are just not there. Whatever they do the Aussies do better with the result that while the ODI series is locked at two matches, all at roughly the halfway mark, the home team's hopes of dislodging the visitors from the top spot in the rankings seem to getting dimmer with every match.


    The Indians have been performing admirably in the series even if it is against an Aussie side not exactly at full strength. There are certain positives about the batting, bowling and fielding for which MS Dhoni and his men can justifiably be proud. The emphatic victory at Nagpur followed by a notable win against the odds at New Delhi has kept them in the hunt for a series triumph.


    But the narrow defeat at Baroda and the unexpected setback at Mohali has meant that they are back to square one going into the fifth game of the seven match series. In pure arithmetic, India will have to win all three matches if they are to

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  • 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-match

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  • The two English sides - Somerset and Sussex - did not set the Champions League on fire, but that was mainly to do with their inexperience of playing Indian conditions.


    There is not enough international experience in Somerset or Sussex's squads and that has probably counted against them as they crashed out of the inaugural competition.


    If you look at the IPL sides they have such a wealth of experience at the highest level of the game, as do teams like New South Wales and Trinidad and Tobago.


    For Somerset to lose their second most experienced player in international terms, Marcus Trescothick (pictured), it left far too much pressure on Justin Langer to lead the side.


    You simply cannot afford to lose one of your key players when the squad is so thin. I would not say that the two English sides were naive, but it certainly took me two A-tours in India to adjust my game to the conditions and gain experience.


    The style of cricket is required in India demands that you exploit the

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