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    India ODI Team 1998 vs India ODI Team 2002

    Which one was better? India were ranked 3rd in ODI and Test Cricket in 1998, which has been one of their most successful years. But 2002 has been the most successful (barring India's tour to New Zealand), which side was better in quality and depth?

    India 1998
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    Ganguly
    Tendulkar
    Sidhu
    Dravid
    Jadeja
    Azharuddin
    Kambli
    Kanitkar
    Robin Singh
    Nayan Mongia
    Ajit Agarkar
    Sunil Joshi
    Anil Kumble
    Javagal Srinath
    Venkatesh Prasad
    Debashish Mohanty
    Rahul Sanghvi

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    India 2002
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    Sehwag
    Ganguly
    Dravid
    Laxman
    Dinesh Mongia
    Tendulkar
    Yuvraj
    Kaif
    Bangar
    Patel
    Agarkar
    Kumble
    Harbhajan
    Srinath
    Zaheer
    Nehra
    Yohannan
    Kartik
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    1998 team easily. They had more depth.
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    The 1998 team is definetly more balanced, but personally I prefer the current side.

    The current side has many more gifted players than the other side, despite the fact that they only really have Bangar in the all-rounder status.

    I'd much prefer Harbhajan to Sanghvi, Kaif to Jadeja, Sehwag to Sidhu etc. Sure it would be nice to have some of those older guys doing well, and the balance of a bowling all-rounder such as Joshi, but man for man the current squad is stronger.

    Also, the pace battery of the 2002 side is much stronger than that of 1998.

    Hence, my reasoning for choosing the 2002 side as the stronger one .

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    That 1998 team looks far more solid in the middle order. Not sure about the bowling department. Prasad wouldn't make a big impression
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    Originally posted by Gotchya
    That 1998 team looks far more solid in the middle order. Not sure about the bowling department. Prasad wouldn't make a big impression
    Prasad was pretty good around 1997-98 in ODIs.He was averaging around 26 with the ball with a strike rate of around 36.
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    I was equating Prasad's overall value to that of Zaheer Khan. How about a rearing Zaheer versus Prasad

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    Originally posted by Gotchya
    I was equating Prasad's overall value to that of Zaheer Khan. How about a rearing Zaheer versus Prasad
    I would pick Zaheer. I was just stating Prasad's value around 1998 and not in comparative terms.

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    Originally posted by Andre
    Kaif to Jadeja
    Jadeja just edges out Kaif in my mind. Jadeja was pretty consistant in the time that I saw him play.

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    1998 vs 2002:

    Ganguly('98) > Ganguly('02)
    Tendulkar('98) > Tendulkar('02)
    Kumble('98) > Kumble('02)
    Azhar > Laxman/Mongia
    N. Mongia > P. Patel
    Jadeja > Kaif
    R. Singh > Bangar
    Agarkar('98) > Agarkar('02)

    Dravid('98) < Dravid('02)
    Sidhu < Sehwag
    Kambli < Yuvraj
    Prasad < Zaheer
    Sanghvi << Harb
    Joshi < Karthik

    Srinath = Srinath
    Mohanty = Nehra



    Yohannan & Kanitkar didn't make much of an impact. Overall, the '98 team looks better IMO.

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    What about the overall flare of the team ? has that increased or not ? fielding ? on these counts I think the 2002 team edges in front, but the 98 team was producing results more then the present ones.

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    Don't count this team out. It had only one bad series in NZ. Also how many series did the 98 team win outside India. This team won in WI 2-1 and in ENG and in SRL. Did the 98 team win any series outside India?



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