Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
New Delhi: The current Indian Davis Cup team oozes confidence. The 5-0 whitewash of the visiting Chinese Taipei side tells a story, that of young Indian tennis players arriving for the occasion. Indian tennis, for quite a long time, has been the story of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.
The impressive show in Indore, against a higher ranked team, obviously allows many to dream for some sort of revival in Indian tennis scenario.
The first round victory in their Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup tie allows the young Indian team, ranked 37th, to take a hit to World Group Play-offs. If Somdev Devvarman and Co. manage to beat South Korea in the second round in April this year, they will qualify for the World Group Play-offs, where the big boys of world tennis fight it out to become a part of the elite 16 teams, the so called World Group.
The next stage will provide more stiff challenge to the Indians. But the 5-0 clean-sweep in Indore means that this team of Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni and Rohan Bopanna, under the guidance of Anand Amritraj, can dare to dream.
In their last meeting, India lost to South Korea 4-1, playing at home, in Delhi. If the current crop of players continue their form, they can surely beat the 29th ranked team when they meet this April.