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It could have all gone horribly wrong. A young team, missing all its big guns and suffering from a massive IPL hangover. A new coach, still getting to grips with the Indian cricket administration and the young prima donnas under his charge. A party destination, tempting young players with its idyllic beaches and swinging nightlife.
Even the opponents were at half-strength. Without Chris Gayle and several other key players, the West Indies were just begging to be underestimated.
All in all, it could have been the perfect storm, and a 5-0 whitewash would have embarrassed the 2011 World Cup Champions to no end.
Thankfully, that was not to be. Suresh Raina managed to herd together his young team, connect with his new coach Duncan Fletcher, and lead the team to a 3-0 series win in the Caribbean.
It really was high time Raina came good. His leadership has also sounded a clear wakeup call for Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, who are also strong contenders to take over at the helm of the Indian team in the years to come.
We're thrilled for young Suresh Raina, and hope he can carry the team onward to a 5-0 series win. His task this series was onerous--filling MS Dhoni's shoes is no easy task. It also seems like a bit of a double-edged sword: lose and you'll be exiled to the wilderness, win and people will point to the below-par Windies and say it doesn't really count.
Still, Raina's acquitted himself admirably. For all that and more, he's our Sports Hero of the Week.
-Pictures courtesy Reuters-
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