We the champions

With Sunday’s victory, India has scaled the summit of T20 rankings. But bigger challenges lie ahead, such as the World Cup T20 in March

Photo: Rob Griffith/AP
Photo: Rob Griffith/AP

Certainly today’s is not the Australian team of Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, and Twenty20 isn’t the format that tests the grit of players in the same way as a five-day Test match. Yet, a clean sweep against Australia in Australia has not happened in the past 140 years—not until Suresh Raina played an aerial cut over the fielders in the inner ring on the off-side to seize a hard-fought victory in the third and final T20 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

With this victory, India has scaled the summit of international T20 rankings. India also stands at a happy first and second position in Tests and One-Day Internationals, respectively. But bigger challenges lie ahead.

The sixth edition of the ICC World T20 will be held in India in March. Skipper M.S. Dhoni won India the inaugural edition and would want to end—this will most likely be his last World T20 tournament—by repeating that feat.

India’s bowlers will need to contribute more to make Dhoni’s task easier.