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Wronged 'Un

On dead pitches, we write the obituary of Indian spin. Is there an afterlife?

Wronged 'Un
Wronged 'Un
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India has spinners who cannot spin and pacers who are wayward. We have the world's best batting line-up which can neither score quickly nor is reliable enough. We have a team that does not have a specialist wicketkeeper in either form of the game, and we have now gone on for some years without a genuine all-rounder. Just because things worked our way at the World Cup and before that beat Australia on turning tracks, we glossed over these inadequacies and soldiered on. And then came the roadblock against the Kiwis.

We blamed the curators for not providing the kind of wickets on which Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh would have spun the Kiwis out twice inside a day-and-a-half or thereabouts. But the truth is, both Kumble and Harbhajan looked bereft of ideas at times. Kumble is nearing his "sell-by" date and Bhajji lacks confidence to give the ball air and tempt the batsmen.

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