How do you rate this Indian team?
I see some good things happening. I think the generally under-rated Srinath is by far the best fast bowler to have come out of India. Prasad is good support. The problem is that they're one Test bowler short, and that reflects even in the one-day side. This lack was very apparent against South Africa, 250-odd was defendable if they had an extra bowler.That makes the difference. Pakistan got 229 against the West Indies in somewhat similar conditions. After the first 15 overs the West Indies didn't look like getting the target. That's because of the Pakistani bowling and attitude. They attacked all the time. They weren't defensive. But again, Pakistan has five good bowlers, India only three. Agarkar lacks experience and is not in the Pakistan class.
And the batting?
With Sachin the line-up is as good as any. He, of course, can win a match on his own. Ganguly looked good in the first match. I thought he could have accelerated but he started looking for his 100. If I was the captain, and any player started playing for personal landmarks I would drop him. It sets a bad example for the team.