First, Congrats to the West Indies for playing excellent
cricket and winning the Test. Putting India to bat and
bowling them out for 102 was a great performance by any
standards by the West Indian bowlers. Inspite of the loss
the Indians feel that the first innings batting collapse
was a pyschological event and dropping and changing players
for T4 and T5 are not going to make thing better mentally.
As far as India is concerned, the emergence of the
Jaffer and Das as an opening pair is very heartening.
Winning or losing is part of the game but Ganguly has put
together an excellent team for the future. This team
can win outside India and it certainly has given
Jaffer enough practice for future matches in T4 and
T5 as well as the English tour. Ganguly form and
silken touch is back and leads the series in batting
Name Mat I NO Runs HS Ave
SC Ganguly 3 5 2 213 75* 71.00
R Dravid 3 5 1 278 144* 69.50
VVS Laxman 3 5 1 256 74 64.00
SR Tendulkar 3 5 0 204 117 40.80
W Jaffer 1 2 0 63 51 31.50
SS Das 3 5 0 78 35 15.60
Jaffer is simply exquisite of the back foot driving
and slashing on the point and cover boundaries all
along the ground. With his inclusion and Das, the
top order of Das, Jaffer and Dravid should give
stability at the top 0rder most of the time. At 80
for no loss the openers.
The batting lineup of Das, Jaffer, Dravid, Sachin,
Ganguly and Laxman should gel over a period of time
once they all get adapted to the bouncy tracks.
Jaffer in particular will need at least 20 more innings
before he can get used to the surfaces outside India.
The attack of Srinath, Nehra, Khan and Harbhajan also
looked very formidable and over a period of time
Ganguly's men will prevail based on the law of averages.
Nikhil [who feels we need not make any more changes] Shah