I have also said a number of times that India is one of the strongest cricket sides in the world today, despite the fact that they recently lost 2 ODI finals.
After going through their squad for the test series against Sri Lanka, something struck me.
For India to displace Australia from the top, or for even to be one of the strongest sides in the world, they will have to take a leaf out of Australia's books.
Playing Test cricket and ODI cricket with a different set of players, and even a different set of captains.
India is going through a time where:
Their 4 best batsmen don't play ODI cricket. Well Sachin does, but he's opted out lately, while Ganguly, Dravid, and Laxman haven't let their desire to play ODIs remain a secret.
Their best ODI batsman and vice captain has just been dropped from the test side. Everybody knows how eager Yuvraj is to prove his worth in tests.
Their test captain does not play ODI cricket.
Their ODI captain has just stated his preference and chosen ODIs over tests.
Their newly announced Vice Captain for the test matches will play ODIs under a different captain and vice captain.Now if all that does not mean treading on the path to Danger Zone, I don't know what does.
There is no doubt that India has one of the strongest sides in cricket today, for both tests and ODIs, but if they are to remain one, their test cricketers and ODI cricketers will have to gel well and adapt to playing under different captains, and with different players.
Australia has done that for a decade now.
I'm not sure if India will be able to.
The Seniors vs Juniors debate has done the rounds for almost a year now with Dhoni, Yuvraj, Uthappa, Ganguly, Kumble all giving voice to it.
Sehwag, who besides Sachin, is the only connection between India's test and ODI batsmen has reportedly been at loggerheads with Dhoni.
So if this is any indication for what is to come, the future could be quite destructive.
Rohit Sharma may not get a test match, but say he does, and say he scores a debut 100 and shows the world his mettle and attitude and what not in test cricket.
How would Yuvraj feel about that?
If this was Pakistan, I can say for sure that there would have been more than one incident of a player hitting another with a bat.
Is India over and above all this?
Will they self destruct like Pakistan would have in such a situation or will they follow Australia's example?
Time will tell.
No matter what the situation, the times ahead sure are interesting for Indian cricket.