India have yet again lost a cricket match. Even 'Pathetic' is the most pathetic word to describe this performance. The Aussie outplayed us in all departments of the game. Although this is no new news for the Indian cricket fan, this loss brings forward a lot of unnoticed defects which cannot be ignored on the eve of the World Cup.
- We do not have a reliable opening batsman other than Sachin. Relying on Sehwag is very dangerous and self destructive. The inclusion of Gautam Gambhir may help.
- Our middle order is weak as this was highlighted by the difficulty with which Raina managed to score runs in the abscence of Yuvraj Singh.
- We do not have a single world class new ball bowler other than Agarkar. The decision to drop Sreesanth may have cost us the match against West Indies.
- We cannot score runs at will against a disciplined bowling attack.
We cannot overlook these shortcomings when the world cup is so near. Also Mr. Chappel must get over with his love for experiments. Otherwise the world cup will be the same old story again.