YOUNG GUNS OF CRICKET
Indian cricket, which was looking out of its depth ever since the defeat to Australia in the world cup final in South Africa, finally found that it had huge depth in both batting and bowling. The Twenty/20 World Cup showed that India had a huge bench that if judiciously exploited could pay good dividends. What must have been clear to all except the dumbest that when the Big Three of Indian cricket sit out and let the youngsters take over, victory comes India’s way. The Big Three returned for the series against Australia and India lost 4-2. They sat out against the Twenty20 one-off game against the Kangaroos and India won again. Sayantan Chakravarty should have dwelt on this aspect too in the cover.
India’s colossal bank of talent was there on display in the Twenty20 World Cup and in the series against Australia. There’s a reason why India wins when they field a young team—these boy are fearless and don’t care much for reputations and names. They don’t who the hell Hayden is Ponting. They just whack the living daylights out of the opposition and know that winning is not everything, it’s the only thing. India should employ a ruthless policy when it comes to selecting the final 11 for the day. The team should change on a match-to-match basis. A Rahul Dravid or Sachin Tendulkar should not run on reputations but on performance. Alan Border, who led the Australians to success when the seniors deserted the team, was dumped when aggressive young players came to the fore. He could still eke out the odd 50 but that was not what Cricket Australia wanted. They wanted a more aggressive team and they got it. India should go likewise and if tomorrow Yuvraj Singh doesn’t click in a series or two, it should be back to the bench. There’s a mob of talent waiting outside.
NEED FOR SPEED
Vijay Mallya’s F1 coup is brilliant—he gets a publicity platform for his brands and India gets a team on the F1 starting line-up. It’s amazing how an expanding economy can open up vistas for a country that would have been unthinkable a few years back. Today you have Indian companies gobbling up global corporations and you have Indians making a mark internationally. So Mallya’s move is in keeping with the trend.
YOGA IS BEST
Yogi Ashwini’s column is simply superb. He explains things in such clear language that there is absolutely no scope for getting asasnas wrong. Also, the benefits are mentioned so that it gives you motivation to get into those seemingly difficult positions. But the fact is that they are extremely natural and once you get into the act, they are easy.
INDIA EMPIRE is one of the finest new magazines to come out in recent years. You really get a snapshot of what’s happening in the NRI world. Frankly, the other magazines are more like little Indias and more keen on selling spices and calling cards rather than giving you a good picture of what’s happening in the real world of non-resident Indians and PIOs. But your magazine has a mission and an objective. Keep it up!