Indian Cricket: Spasmodic in nature ? Author :S.Dinakar,in the Hindu,dated 19 th,October, 2007 Abstract by :rabasure, in 300 words Timing is important in cricket, but we refer to about the timing of performance and not about the timing in striking the ballThe timing went wrong in the future cup series at Vadodara and Nagpur, succumbing to the pressure in the former and wanting in the game skills in the latter.Though we won two matches against Australia, the second one was after conceding the series. Cricket in India is spasmodic in nature, lacking consistency of a champion, drifted away its chances by dropped catches,by ordinary batting and bowling.Dhoni has begun to learn the nuances of captaincy by setting attacking field to Karthick but he should avoid effecting any frequent fielding changes and taking off a bowler when he is went for runs, giving a psychological advantage to the opposition.At Mumbai,while the top and middle order failed except Uthappa, lower order came to our rescue.It is fatal to play away from the body in a seaming pitch. In Mumbai Wankhade stadium,India managed to win the seventh one day match, since the cookabura ball lost its shine in the middle overs in the sub-continetal pitch.India should fix Dravid at No.3 spot for the series against Pakistan and Australia,since Yuvaraj singh is lacking in foot work.Considering Karthick as a left-arm spinner,he is hard to tackle for a right hand batsman, since he can turn the ball and send down arm ball,can take wickets and contain the batsmen in the middle overs.After facing many hurdles he is back in the team.Uthappa, batting with flair and solidity with a straight bat is coping well with the stressful situations. Irfan pathan’s return has been steady.We have to prepare deathly and pace bowlers who can swing,vary pace and bowl Yorkers.