India’s Dominance Of World Cricket Foreshadowed In Triumph Over England - 3 minutes read

India dominated England to win the series 4-1. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)Getty Images

Jay Shah, India's cricket chief who also rules the sport with an iron fist as its most dominant figure, looked dapper as he took centre stage in the last rites of the blockbuster Test series between India and England.

But his navy blue attire also looked as if he was going to a funeral. It's doubtful Shah was trolling England, but the optics were amusing anyway. With Dharamshala's famous snow-capped Dauladhar hill-range in the backdrop, it made for a perfect image with a beaming India lifting the trophy after completing a convincing 4-1 rout of England.

'Bazball', a nickname that generates so much derision, is apparently dead - much to the glee of England's detractors who have simultaneously stuck the boot in - after India buried them with four consecutive wins in a compelling series that ended in rather predictable fashion.

England, as always given that their aggressive style of play upsets traditionalists, have hogged the headlines with 'Bazball' under scrutiny as the recriminations begin after they fell apart following an incredible series-opening victory.

India's dominance has gone under the radar. Which is unusual - and another nod to the hysteria over 'Bazball' - because India are the rock stars of cricket given the devotion to the sport from the world's most populated country.

India's captain Rohit Sharma (L) holds the trophy (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)AFP via Getty Images

It can be so easy to roll your eyes over India's home dominance, which has now stretched over 11 years and shows no signs of abating in what has become the most formidable advantage in all of sports.

But this triumph marked something that should be much more ominous for opponents worldwide. India leant on their unparalleled depth to overwhelm England with a reservoir of talent that no other country can come close in matching.

India did not have talisman Virat Kohli for the entire season, while wicketkeeper-batter dynamo Rishabh Pant and quick Mohammed Shami remain sidelined due to injury. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja, arguably their most important players, were not available for all of the series.

It did not matter because India showed off those in reserve while their precocious youngsters are starting to make a serious mark. None more so than 22-year-old opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, whose big-hitting has lit up the IPL for years but he's just starting to be known to a global audience having made his Test debut only last year.

Yashasvi Jaiswal is England's new star (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Getty Images

He scores quickly and big - 'Bazball', basically, except without the pomp. He scored double centuries in consecutive Tests to break England, whose beleaguered players could only just reluctantly nod in admiration of his aggressiveness.

Wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel waltzed into Test cricket looking like a sage as he calmly guided India over the line in his debut in a tricky chase. While another 23-year-old, Devdutt Padikkal, struck an attractive half-century on debut in Dharamshala at No.4, a position long held by Kohli.

Then there is Shubman Gill, who is a little bit more experienced, but still only 24 and already has four Test tons after making a century in Dharamshala. He got under the skins of an increasingly irritable England, who tried to admonish his modest overseas record having never scored a Test century out of South Asia.

With a deep pool of talent and unlimited resources, fuelled by its fanatical following, long-held fears from opponents is surely being realized. India are about to thoroughly dominate cricket in all forms.

The only surprise is that it's taken so long.

Source: Forbes

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