Australia outplay India in Future Cup

India will have to do a lot of more work if they are to challenge Australia in their own backyards.

updated: October 22, 2007 18:14 IST
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Australia won the Future Cup 4-2 and despite the consolation win in the Mumbai one dayer, India know that a lot more work needs to be done if they are to challenge Australia in their own backyards later this year.

Former India player Ajay Jadeja believes that the Indian team still have a good future and that was evident from the win in Mumbai.

The series began with Ricky Ponting finding out that Indian fans are quite hospitable to visitors but that's no longer the case with the cricketers.

"What the Aussies have done in the past is history as well. We are just looking forward to it. Everyone is raring to go because we've found this new strategy to take on Australians which will work. We are going to fight fire with fire," said Robin Uthappa, Member, Indian Cricket Team.

Comments like these led to a very fiery series. Though in all fairness the aggression on the field soon subsided and was later played out in newspaper articles and columns.

For all of India's aggression they were outbatted. Thanks to man of the series Andrew Symonds who had one hundred and three fifties at an average of 73 in six innings.

Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson went from being a plumber four years ago to causing the biggest leaks in India's batting. He finished as the top wicket taker with 14 wickets.

India's fielding wasn't a patch on Australia and after the nine wicket loss in Baroda, captain MS Dhoni had really no answers.

"Well everything (went wrong for us). Only thing that was right was the toss," said Dhoni.

Still as Jadeja said there were some gains. Dhoni's faith in Murali Kartik certainly paid off.

Robin Uthappa played a key role in the Mumbai match and showed a devastating batting lower down the order. Zaheer Khan also reflected maturity during the series.

Sreesanth was both a plus and a minus. He became the biggest talking point of the series for his aggression, his nine wickets from just four games and for his economy rate of close to 7.

Ian Chappell went as far as to say that he's like a sports car which is an accident waiting to happen, but don't be suprised if this car is the one that revs back into action by running over a few Aussie batsmen later this year.