More matches like the one we had between India and Australia at Baroda on Sunday and there will be no more talk about the survival of ODIs in the face of the onslaught of the raging popularity of Twenty20 cricket.
Indeed, if the Champions Trophy had a responsibility towards upholding the popularity of Fifty50 amidst obituaries being written about the format, the ongoing series between the two top teams in the game has perhaps a greater responsibility towards the same objective.
If most of the contests can match the thrills and excitement of the opening encounter, then the players will be doing a great service to ODIs. It will prove that the one-day game is still alive and well and the obituaries are premature.
In the ultimate analysis, it is a pity that one team had to lose such an engrossing tussle and that by a margin of four runs. Right from the time they won the toss Australia always looked the better team thanks to their batting, bowling and fielding but the Indians'Read More »from Very little to choose between the teams