My Point of View

March 25, 2007

Indian Cricket

Filed under: Uncategorized — allforcricket @ 10:25 pm

Just finished Swades, Its Friday night/Saturday morning 5:00 AM, 12 hours since, a week long lurking fear, finally and slowly unfolded on me as a cruel reality.

For one week since India’s loss to Bangladesh (so called minnows), and its world record thrashing of Bermuda, I was putting up a brave face saying India does not deserve a Super 8 berth, primarily trying to look correct.

However, the patriotic fan and the cricket fan within myself were battling each other every day. On one hand the patriotic fan thinking about positives, past performances, faith in great players, 2003 WC run, while the cricketing fan looking at teams likes the Aussies, NZ, SAF, SL and comparing them against India. I wanted the patriotic fan to win this time, while I knew the cricketing fan would have the last laugh, which he did on Saturday.

All this makes my mind relate to a student who, prepares for an exam in his best possible way, approaches it enthusiastically, positively, then after he takes the exam, knows at the back of his mind that he has not done enough and his chances of failing are high, yet he hopes for a miracle on the result day, only to see the deserving reality come hard at him.

Rahul Dravid is that honest student of the game and am sure must have gone through some of these phases after he took the exam against Bangladesh. He hoped for a miracle on Friday against SL, in the form of a Super eight berth,to see the reality unfold.
What we need I guess is not an honest student but an astute leader. People will say Ganguly is the one, but that’s a huge topic for discussion in itself.

On Friday afternoon with every top order Indian wicket falling, it was like a ship sinking slowly and surely in deep waters, only this time the ship had a huge baggage, it was the hopes of one billion people back home in India and rest like me around the world.

At work, I read the description about Sachin’s dismissal, and with my 18 years of following almost his every innings, knowing his vulnerabilities, could imagine what it would have been like. My imagination came true when i came home and saw his dismissal, the delivery that got him out did not rattle his stumps, but like a sharp arrow, pierced the hearts of millions of his devotees like me. God had failed when his masses needed him the most. The sight of him offering the perfect forward defence and yet the stumps being rattled in the background was a sorry one, and in a way reflected Indian cricket’s current state.

I am not angry, frustrated, furious but disappointed and have gone sad from within. I feel i have lost some thing.

I cannot imagine the air and feeling in the Indian dressing room, the same bunch of family members who together celebrate success and victories are now faced with coping of a situation no different than a death of a child in the family, the death of their dream.

Where does Indian cricket go from here on ? will it follow the path of Indian hockey ? I honestly do not know and i am not sure if any one knows at this point, it has to still sink in and people have to overcome it to start thinking ahead. It will take some time.

But it is a desperate situation for India, and that often forces one to make radical changes. I am sure heads will roll.

One thing i am sure needs to be done is, reducing the number of domestic teams in India, there are far too many teams playing domestic cricket and its quite often that increase in quantity, is coupled with decrease in quality. Also, at this point in time we do not have enough quality to replace the existing squad. Who can replace Sachin, Rahul,Ganguly, Sehwag ?

There are a couple of examples to support my point of view

Take Australian cricket circuit for example, there are only 4 domestic teams in Australia (if i am not wrong), so by the time a player reaches any one of those teams, he has already battled it out, and is already good for International cricket, players like Hussey walking in the team at 30+ age is common. For Indian players the learning starts when they start playing international matches.

Let me relate this viewpoint to an Indian aspect. Why do so many IITians succeed in the world, that is because there are very few IITs in India and millions of aspiring students fight for each place. The competition is breath taking and fierce. So by the time, a student, beats everything and gets in the IIT he already is confident of taking on the world, knows at the back of his mind that he is the best in India. The same feeling cannot be seen in our domestic players, Aussie players ooze with it.

In the past week, one more event redefined the phrase ” It’s just a game ” for all of us, the death of Bob Woolmer, just that the redefining came at a huge cost. His family will never have the same opinion about the game


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7 Comments »

  1. Save yourself the trouble of gathering more thoughts. Everyone feels let down at some point of time or the other.

    Just remember to lower your expectations the next time you go and watch India play. That will help you a great deal.

    Comment by Abhijit — March 26, 2007 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

  2. Point taken sir !!!

    Comment by all for cricket — March 26, 2007 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  3. Mitra,

    First things first, a very good post to begin with.

    Don’t know why but the loss directly hits the heart but it does.

    And yes, the pain the cricketers must be feeling is more that what we feel right now. No self respecting person likes to lose and our top most cricketers might be anything but they do have some self-respect. Rahul,Sachin,Saurav have seen it all and have shared the joys/sorrows together. But, this moment might be one of the lows that they share together.

    And, its really sickening to see ppl burning effigies, carrying mock funerals and all. If ppl say they love the cricketers, then how can they do it. If I fail in a public exam, I don’t expect my loved ones to go and burn effigies and carry out my funeral in public. Pathetic to say the least..

    The problem is the lack of talent at the Ranji level. Barring a few players like Manoj Tiwari,Rohit Sharma, Ishaant Sharma I don’t see much talent. Hopefully,the next season will spring up some better players.

    Chal, bahut pakaya maine..
    Hope to see more posts from your side!!

    Cheers,
    HP

    Comment by HP — March 26, 2007 @ 11:18 pm | Reply

  4. Yogesh,
    I would not call it excellent , but i liked the way you narrated most of it . I could not resist myself from reading it not only twice but thrice ..

    This is great work man .. Keep writing

    regards,
    Hari

    Comment by HariPrasad — March 27, 2007 @ 3:56 am | Reply

  5. ha ajun ek HariPrsad koni tujhya olkhicha aahe ka??

    Cheers,
    HP

    Comment by HP — March 27, 2007 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  6. he is a Project manager from Igate works along side us

    Comment by allforcricket — March 27, 2007 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  7. Good blog…After reading reflects a true Indian Cricket players thoughts and reactions after World Cup 07 loss…

    Comment by Suhrud — March 27, 2007 @ 6:20 pm | Reply


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