The most important match of Asia Cup 2010 will be played on Thursday, and India must take stock of what went wrong in the league match against the Lankans.
The good news for India is that they will have their top four bowlers in operation, Zaheer, Harbhajan, Praveen Kumar and Nehra are all fit and raring to go.
The batting collapsed inexplicably after Dhoni’s departure. The real problem has been the failure of both Kohli and Raina to fire in the competition. Raina is due for a big innings and that could come in the final. Kohli has a fine temperament and he has made the most of the opportunities in the last year. He must realize that a good fifty in the final can boost his career more than a century in an inconsequential group match.
Kartik’s replacement of Sehwag has been criticized by the likes of Nayan Mongia and others in the commentary box. Fortunately for Kartik, he fired in the last match, and if he plays sensibly in the final, he can shut the critics up for some time to come. What are these commentary box critics suggesting? Do you want to ruin the likes of Saurabh Tiwary by pushing him into an opening slot, for which he is not fitted?
On the selectors’ part, they need to think of having some more stand by openers. In recent times, Sehwag has been injured too often for comfort.
With India back to full strength, they just need to play to potential and they are likely to win the cup that has eluded them since 1995.
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