From despair to hope - the Indian journey

When a team is doing well, nothing succeeds like success. Nothing succeeds like failure too, as the Indians discovered in Australia and their rivals are discovering in India now. The emergence of a bunch of exciting players in one team has to be seen against the background of poor player management and the mental disintegration – ironically a phrase favoured by former captain Steve Waugh – of the other.

updated: March 21, 2013 16:13 IST
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In Bangalore where I live, it is said that if you took your eyes off a main street, it would be unrecognisable within a week as another mall, another extension of the metro or a whole set of new buildings seemed to crop up. The Indian cricket team has been Bangalored – not in the Obama sense, but in the manner in which new personnel have replaced the stalwarts.

Wasn't it just yesterday that India opened with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, had Rahul Dravid at three, followed by Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and so on with the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan making up the bowling attack?

Now, only Tendulkar of that group of players remains. India's transition from No. 1 back to No. 1 is nowhere near complete – they will have to win with some consistency abroad for that – but the gentle, almost silent revolution that has been unfolding before our eyes has been fascinating to watch.

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