Men-in-blue bashing is the new in-thing and I don’t want to join the band Wagon. This article is my two cents on why the Indian Team was not as good as it was portrayed to be and suggestions for the future.
Team India went to theCaribbean with the (clichéd) hopes of a billion on their shoulders. SRK came to bid them goodbye and had them pose for the cameras with bottles of special edition World Cup Colas. Even Local Newspapers and Television channels send their reporters half way across the world to cover the World Cup.
A couple of weeks and two defeats later the whole country is in despair. With all due respect to hockey and to a lesser extent to kabaddi, caroms and Cycle polo, cricket’s world championship is the BIG prize in Indian sport and when they don’t do well on a consistent basis, anger of the fans tends to boil over. When their cricket team’s worst performance happens to be at the World Cup there is no holding them back. ZK’s was attacked, MSD’s house was attacked.
This Indian team was said to be better than the 2003 squad but it was almost the same team which grew older and slower over the four years. The guardian said that Indian team used to be the galacticos but now they are more like the geriatricos. They proved to be spot on in their analysis. The fielding suffered and so did the running between the wickets. Only three in the squad Yuvi, Uthappa and Agarkar can claim to be of International class. We had too many one dimensional players (Players who possess only one of the three key skills in cricket: batting, bowling and fielding) in the playing eleven. Munaf and Dada are prime examples of this.
Players who need to quit/take a break from the ODI team according to me.
Saurav Ganguly: Dada’s inclusion in the Indian team was a stop-gap measure. He might have scored the runs but he is not the answer for the future. He should call it quits from the One Day game
Virender Sehwag: He may have scored a hundred but he would be the last person I will put my money on to score runs in a must win game. MS word’s spell-check suggests a different way to spell Sehwag: Sewage!! He really plays like that in pressure games. Rewind to the Adelaide 2003 2nd Innings wild swipe at McGill if you think I am wrong
Robin Uthappa: You are talented but you play more like OUThappa at the international level, throwing your wicket away playing rash strokes. The only worthwhile contribution of yours in this world cup was that you managed to make a star out of Dwayne “The Rock” Leverock on youtube. I suggest a stint in the English county championship will help you
And a warning to the media!! Get off the cricket team please!!!!!!!! WC2007 should teach you a lesson.