The two Delhi openers and their opening fast bowler (on the final day) with a significant contribution from their Punjabi neighbor won the test for India handsomely. The Sri Lankan batting looked very ordinary on the final day as the Indians through some lethal pace bowling and good catching ran through the line up. It was a good team performance on the final day but it is impossible not to recognize that this test match was hardly an Indian victory but for the fact that Sehwag single handled carried the Indian batting. While it bodes really well for the future that we have a really good opening pair, Ishant Sharma is not a one series wonder, and that Harbhajan can still trusted as a test winner, the famous five did not make it count.
The top Indian batting has to absolutely click in the final test if India wants to consider itself as serious contender for the test championship title. The Indians should consider playing Rohit Sharma in the next test match. I am not going to speculate as to who should be replaced but the replacement should happen if India has any long term plans. Also, I do not think it is a bad idea to test Parthiv Patel out in the next test match. Realistically, I fear, India will claim to play it safe and play the same eleven in all the three test matches.
This post is not to meant put a dampener on the victory but the victory did not seem to taste as sweet as the ones in England or at Perth! Interesting days ahead!