Why 2013 will be a defining year for Indian cricket

FP Sports, Jan, 02 2013

It was a difficult year for Indian cricket. VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid called it a day. Sachin Tendulkar retired from ODIs and the Test team slipped all the way to No. 5 in the world. Zaheer Khan’s lack of fitness and Habhajan Singh’s lack of form meant the bowling has suffered too. 2013 therefore stands to be a defining year for team India.

Not only are more established players such as Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir also struggling, but the next generation of players needs to establish themselves and prove they can take over the mantle and help India climb back up the rankings table. To do that though, the BCCI need to have a plan to rebuild the team.

“It should be a defining year,” veteran cricket writer Ayaz Memon said on Sports Talk. “The Indian cricket establishment should set an agenda that this is what we want to achieve this year. In ODIs, for instance, this is the progress we want to make so that by the time the 2015 World Cup comes around, we will have a terrific team.

India will have a tough time replacing Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in the Test team. AFP

“They need to look at how to revive their rankings and their performances. To me, it seems exceedingly difficult at this point in time because I can’t see the Indian team taking 20 wickets. It is not just about the bowlers. They are young – Ohja, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav when he comes back. But the batting is not clicking. So it is a double worry.”

India aside, Memon said there was plenty to look forward to in 2013 as young talent across the cricket-playing world comes through the system. A resurgent West Indies side and an Ashes contest that could see England reclaim the no. 1 Test rankings are other intriguing story lines to follow next year.

Watch Ayaz Memon and Pulasta Dhar discuss the year to come in the video above.

Published Date: Jan 02, 2013 | Updated Date: Jan 02, 2013

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115