Two things struck us about India’s defeat of Pakistan today. Actually, no things struck us. Two things gently bobbed towards us after we’d stared at the scorecard blankly for what seemed like forever.
Firstly, India fielded quite a lot of youngsters. Yusuf Pathan’s 25 and most of his team mates probably envy his deep voice and lack of self-consciousness when wearing a cardigan. Kids admire people at ease in a cardigan, right?
Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar are all 21, while Ishant Sharma and Piyush Chawla are both 19.
And then the second thing strikes you: They’re all REALLY good. It’s a more-than-decent international side that’s only unusual for the fact that none of the players have ever had a conversation about ‘whether it would be better to go with Nomadic Glow or Magnolia in the hall’.