By Ashok Kumar:
The proverbial it’s hard to beat India in India has come true with a comprehensive win at the Eden Gardens,Kolkata tonight.
By the 20th over of England innings, the Indian total of 271 looked an easy one. Cook and Kieswetter were on a roll and for the first time in the series both the openers crossed three figure mark and in the process both scoring their first half centuries in the series. But what happened after that was unimaginable. England losing ten wickets for mere 47 runs! A cakewalk turned into a steep uphill climb and India triumphing by 95 runs.
Their wrecker in chief was Ravindra Jadeja, who made a superb come-back into the side after failing to get a call for the World Cup and England tour.
This series was more of surprises than expectations. The prolific run scorer in England against India, Ian Bell had been sitting out for four matches and by the time he got the call, he had rusted. There was no century from English batsmen and Jonathan Trott was the only one who came very close to the three figure mark when he remained unbeaten on 98 at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
For the Indians, Vaun Aaron of Jharkhand became the second bowler to clock over 140 kmph consistently. Now with the Australian tour round the corner, India can expect to match their rivals. And, we can now say India has the bench strength with Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar and Varun Aaron faring brilliantly, at least on home soil.
Another good news is that the chopper has started to fly again. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has rediscovered his helicopter shot in this series and made full use of it in all the matches.
This England team never in the series looked even a shadow of the side that beat India to embarrassment in England. India seemed to have forgotten that and picked up from where they left in World Cup finals.
India should not allow any complacency to set in as after England, the Australian tour will be the next test not that the West Indies tour is going to be of lesser consequence.