Yes, it is been a week since India won the ICC Champions Trophy, much like a breeze. It never seemed for a moment that India was not a potential contender for the crown. Right from the practice matches to the final against England, India was always in the hunt for the crown. Dhoni, sporting salt and pepper hair and stubble can now definitely say even at this age that ‘yeh baal aivin safed nahi huye – ICC World Cup, T-20 World Cup aur ICC Champions Trophy – I have all that on my kitty. Truly enough, Dhoni’s astute captaincy and immaculate reading of the game has paid rich dividends. He has also got a fantastic support from the team which is brimming with youth, enthusiasm and adequate aggression. The likes of Kohli, Raina, Jadeja, Dinesh Kartik, Rohit Sharma and Dhawan have imparted the much needed edge to the fielding and even batting. Captain cool almost always has an answer to tough situations the team gets into. Yes, his decisions sometimes have drawn flak and serious critique sometimes. But he stoically stood by them and has made India proud.
Cricket gurus have already raved about this new and super improved team. Sure enough this team looks like a very good contender for the World Cup next year. If the performance in the ICC Champions trophy is anything to go by, the team atleast is shaping up well for the ultimate cricketing battle. There are however, a number of other tournaments before that. India would have to perform equally well in those to keep their morale high and get used to the winning streak. Just like a lot of Indians, I am extremely glad the way the team has shaped up. Dhoni has marshaled his forces extremely well. Inspite of all the horrible controversies shrouding the purity and sportsman spirit, the team kept it all aside and gave its best. The rain definitely played a spoilsport in a lot of matches. But that was not enough to deter India from winning all the matches. This win and the demeanour of this new, aggressive team India has surely heralded a promising era in Indian cricket. Kudos to Dhoni and Co!