Team India more comfortable in ODIS

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 04, 2014 14:31 hrs

India have made a winning start to the one-day series with a most comprehensive win in the second one-dayer at Cardiff. 

To have recovered from a precarious 21 for 2 to post an imposing score of 304 showed that the Indians are more at home in this form of the game than the longer format. 

The main difference, of course, is the change in the colour of the ball. 

The white ball used for limited overs games moves for maybe half a dozen overs or so, and even though there is a new ball from either end, the bowlers, after the first couple of overs, are looking to save runs than take wickets, and so the fielders in catching positions are lesser than in Test matches.

The red ball can also contrast swing well into the 50th over, so seam bowlers are thriving in conditions that suit them. 

The attitude, then, is to look for wickets and not just dry up the runs, and that's why Test cricket is the real thing for it is not just an examination of a player’s skills but his temperament too. Suresh Raina has admirable temperament. 

He brings a different energy to the team that is infectious. He also was not part of the team that lost so badly in the Tests and so was not suffering from the trauma of defeat.

He played himself in and then opened out and took the bowling apart, and along with the in-form skipper Dhoni gave India a terrific total.

In other parts of the world there is cricket too, and the West Indians are battering poor Bangladesh. To their credit, the Bangladesh batsmen are fighting back, but they have just too many runs to chase. 

Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo had a big partnership with both getting hundreds, as the West Indies put up a huge total. The Australia-South Africa clashes have always been well contested and close and the latest one was no different. 

Poor Zimbabwe, the third team in the series, will feel the brunt as the Aussies or Safs team that loses will try and regain confidence by hammering the hosts.

Aaron Finch has begun well with scores in the opening two games, and AB de Villiers has shown that captaincy rests easy on his shoulders by smashing another brilliant century. 

These outstanding performances have meant that the accolade of the Ceat International cricketer of the week is shared by Aaron Finch, AB de Villiers, Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo.

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