WI ODI series preview
The buildup to the series is almost complete...with most of the WI batsmen warming up in the Zim series
, and Lara reminding us
that they may be unpredictable, but our head to head count is not really bad. And they surely have the skills to cause an upset against *any* side in the world, not only the Indians. After all, they did it in the last edition of Champions Trophy too, with virtually the same core group.
The West Indians had a very stop-start ODI season, and therefore never got the momentum going. The Zim series, along with Lara's captaincy, could have been just what they needed. I would expect an exciting series ahead, not the regular 4-1 or 6-1 kind of mauling India had been handing over of late. That said, I would surely be shocked if we lose the series.
Meanwhile, the Indians have started practising
and would travel to Montego Bay tomorrow. More importantly (and to the pleasant surprise of some, I suspect) Mahendra Singh Dhoni has cropped his locks!
Practise hard is the way forward for Sachin
also, trying to get as much of it under his belt by travelling to the MRF foundation in Chennai, not only to prove to others but also I suspect to himself that he's once again ready for the big stage. With hardly any decent domestic cricket happening in the country, this is probably the best he can do. Still 5 days to go for his fitness test on 20th, by which time, if he's really match fit, he should be able to absorb a few hours of net session on the trot.
And btw, hope you're catching the wonderful tour diaries
of Sid once again, at cricinfo.Cross posted at SightScreen