Indian team's success has been a pleasant surprise

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By : Dilip Vengsarkar
Last Updated: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 05:42 hrs
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It’s been great going for the Indian team so far in the Champions Trophy. A pleasant surprise for me, because most of the players are playing in English conditions for the first time, and the way they have adapted to the conditions is praiseworthy indeed.

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It’s definitely not easy for the first timers to go in an international match and perform in cold conditions. Thankfully, the wickets too are more conducive for batting which I guess has nullified whatever advantage the new ball bowlers would have had.

But what’s important for any player who is keen to establish himself at the international level is to grab the opportunities that come his way. And, that’s just what the young players in the Indian team have done.

Kudos to Shikhar Dhawan who has been consistently plundering runs since he got the opportunity and looks in a terrific form. Shikhar’s batting relies more on hand-eye co-ordination rather than solid footwork.

His balance and head positioning while executing shots is precise, like that of Viru Sehwag when the great man was at his peak. Such types of players are great to watch when in full flow and they are capable of taking the game away from the opposition within no time with their exquisite time and explosive batting.

Though Pakistan has lost both its matches, for them as well as for India who have won their matches most convincingly, today’s encounter is most crucial, for both the teams are traditional rivals and would like to win this one come what may.

It’s a litmus test for players from the both the teams as it boils down to more of a mental game, and the team that holds its nerve better comes out on top.

The way the Indians are playing at the moment, Pakistan has to play out of its skin to win. The momentum is surely loaded heavily in favour of India. Pakistan does boast of a formidable attack, and that I believe is the only plus point in their favour.

The expats from both countries reside in large numbers at Birmingham, and I am sure the tickets must have been sold out the moment the match was scheduled there. All in all, it’s going to be the match of the tournament.        

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