• It's been a great Champions League for us so far. The guys have adapted well to the conditions and made the most of the opportunities. Confidence is high and they are enjoying the experience.

     

    It has been disappointing that the stadiums have not been completely full, but the atmosphere has nevertheless been good and the boys have taken the crowds and noise in their stride. Apart from enjoying the experience of playing in India, a lot of them have also been out shopping and making the most of every day.

     

    I hope we can keep the momentum going and put in a good performance against Victoria on Saturday. They are a well-balanced side with batting depth, that has the likes of David Hussey, Brad Hodge and Rob Quiney in it, and a strong bowling attack that includes Peter Siddle and Shane Harwood. So, they are strong in all departments, really, just like any Australian team and have played really good cricket till now. They obviously know how the wicket is playing after they had a go at it

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  • Successive selection committees under Dilip Vengsarkar and Kris Srikkanth had made it clear that they were keen on building a winning squad for the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub continent. Against this background the recall of Rahul Dravid was clearly a retrograde step. Whatever merits his supporters might have found in his being reinstated after a two-year gap, Dravid's return was by no means going to offer a long term solution.

     

    Thankfully, the selectors have realized this and have dropped him for the ODI series against Australia. Given his batting approach and his fielding which has seen better days, Dravid was increasingly looking a misfit in an Indian team getting younger and younger. The former captain now nearer 37 than 36 has rendered yeomen service to the team in the shorter version of the game but his time is past. He will no doubt continue to lend grace and strength to the Test squad but his overall strike rate of 71 in ODIs seems archaic as compared to most of the

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  • The newspaper headlines have it that the TRP ratings for the Champions League are not very encouraging - even faring badly as compared to the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy - a Fifty50 tournament. There has been an overkill of cricket in the past few months what with the ICC World Twenty20 in England, the Compaq Cup tri series in Sri Lanka, the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa and now the Champions League.

     

    Perhaps, the new format of having foreign club teams taking part with quite a few players who are anything but well known names has not really caught the public fancy. Whatever the reasons the fact is that the tournament has seen much of the razzle dazzle associated with cricket's newest and shortest format and those who have preferred not to catch the action have really missed out on something.

     

    Graham Thorpe for example cannot hide his enthusiasm for the Champions League. In his latest column the former England batsman hails it as "a priceless experience for the

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