While India flirted with the likes of Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, and some senior players in the last couple of years, Suresh Raina was busy piling on runs domestically. While some may argue that the time Suresh Raina spent at home was in his best interest, I personally believe that the Indians lost the service of a gifted yet hard working cricketer during this time. Who knows, the world cup may have had a different result and different meaning all together! I am glad that he is back in the side and with a bang. I was thrilled to see him play brilliantly in the IPL and even more excited to take on the challenge in the one day format. He is truly a player that holds the future of Indian cricket in the same vein as Rohit Sharma. I sincerely hope and pray that the management and selectors do not mishandle him this time around. One such player who may consider himself extremely unlucky is Venugopala Rao. Greg Chappell actually saw captaincy material in the Andhra/Maharashtra captain. I hope he continues to score well in the domestics and makes it back into the side.
This Indian side looks absolutely formidable especially in its batting strength. Which team can boast of Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, and possibly Rahul Dravid as its bench strength? The bowling, while brilliant in patches, seems to gathering momentum towards consistency and international class. It is exciting, especially, to see good leg spin bowling potential in Chawla and Mishra. All in all, an exciting future of Indian cricket lies ahead.