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Friday, December 23, 2005

From the desk of Arjuna Ranatunga

The former Sri Lankan skipper's latest column is up. Choice bits:
Be that as it may, Indians still were clearly the better side. They have begun to rely on cricketers with multi-dimensional ability. Batsmen can bowl when required and bowlers can bat. Such teams are difficult to get past by and certainly not by somebody like Sri Lanka who only were relying on couple of batsmen and an extraordinary spinner.

The Indians also had a virtue which was incomprehensible to the Lankans. By and large, Indians believed in hanging in at all times. They did not try to be flamboyant and overtly aggressive. They relied on being patient and building pressure brick by brick, closing in till they had squeezed the opposition out of contention.

And intriguingly, this:
The likes of Laxman and Sourav Ganguly must look to command their place by virtue of performance and not past glory. Call it blasphemy or anything you like, it also goes for Tendulkar. They must not give the impression they are trying to build scores for themselves and not for the team.

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