With nothing at stake and a great form, India once again massacred SL — as Ravi Shastri put it — ruthlessly, in a fashion that’s associated more with Australia. While RP Singh did brilliantly with the ball, Sehwag, Pathan and Sachin damaged the SL bowling to a point of no return. In the end, it was a cakewalk, and it was ably assisted by some brilliant batting by Dhoni to make the win comprehensive. Wish his 5th attempt to finish a match off with a sixer had come off though!
Sachin finally looked in touch, after a miserable last outing but perished to his old nemesis — of the de Villiers days — the slower delivery! Sehwag too was awesome as usual, and he’s been the only batsman to display consistent form in this series (Dhoni excluded), but he’s been so consistent in getting out in 30s too! Looks like he’s reserved the larger poundings for SA!
Overall, it has been a great series for India. The supersub rule and the length of the series as well as the quality of our opponents after the first 1-2-3 bashings made it extremely conducive to testing out a lot of players and we do have a decent second line of players now, it seems. With such bowling strength, and Zaheer waiting in the wings, it is really a happy position to be in for India.
Further, I like the way BCCI gave the players a bonus — why they did confuses me to no end, as those rascals want to only stuff their coffers (even after they tear!) — the first time BCCI is making some good use of the billions they make. If they’d flush something like this into domestic cricket, we will have a dozen more Rainas and RP Singhs.