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If the Ducks are swimming at SCG tomorrow , Men in Blue then have pulled off a Major Coup.

With showers/rain  forecast for Saturday, this probably will be the only way India can salvage a bit of pride  and  avoid a whitewash -  5/0.  A true reflection of their performance on this tour. No doubt they have taken the game to the last over in all the games, in the end that is irrelevant. What matters is the current score line 4/0 . This stands between the Victor and the Vanquished.  Australia has not done anything out of the book , we have been complacent and handed freebies like in the train stations.   At least for one last time, the Indian selection on tour should get their team right. India should play its premier spinner Ashwin for Kumar,  Axar for Mann, with  Manish Pandey   in as replacement for injured Rahane.  Between Rohit, Shikar and Kohli, at least one of them need to stay to the end to finish the game.   Let us recap  India’ s Top 5 batting debacle that has left  millions of supporters baffled without answer for decades.
  • India vs Sri Lanka, Kolkata, 1996 World Cup semi-final 98 for 1 to 120 for 8
  • India v Sri Lanka, Sharjah, 2000 Coca-Cola Champions Trophy Final 54 all out,
  • India vs Australia, Kolkata, 2003 TVS Cup final 159 for 4 to 198 all out,
  • India v South Africa, Nagpur, 2011 World Cup 267 for 1 to 296 all out
  • And now Canberra ODI tops it all. 277 for 1 to 323 all out.
  For a decades we have also been deeply cynical about our cricketers, Sydney One dayer is perhaps a good opportunity for Men in Blue to redeem themselves.  There is no doubt on talent or class, it is their appetite for success ,do they really  want  win a game?

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