It’s still early days in the final edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, and already I see some similarities in the way the Indian squad has performed in 2000 and 2013. In both cases, the team came into the tournament with the spectre of match-fixing hovering over them like Voldemort’s Dark Mark, and turned in match-winning performances to re-ignite people’s faith in cricket.
Here are some of the snapshots of today’s game against the West Indies:
Johnson Checks In
With Gayle dismissed early, fellow opener Johnson Charles stepped on the gas as he launched a spirited attack on the Indian bowlers. The way he bats, I’m reminded of former WI blaster Ricardo Powell, who would always reserve his best for India. His mini-assault on Umesh Yadav nearly reduced the Vidarbha pacer to tears – in fact, I thought Yadav was going to unload a bucketful. After all, you don’t expect a batsman with his first and last names in the wrong places (shouldn’t it ideally be Charles Johnson?) to hammer your bowlers all over the park, do you?