Prove worth on the field
the first Test.
The Indians are obviously very dominant at home and looked like Goliaths against us rather than the sacrificial lambs that were slaughtered away by England recently.
I concede they may have beaten even a stronger West Indies team and I wouldn’t have complained, because even at full strength we are known to blow hot and cold but I would have marked them based on their application and their intestinal fortitude.
The will to win is acceptable but at times you have to concede if the opposition has played better. When there is a contest you feel better losing but when it is totally one-sided you can’t search for excuses. Without taking anything away from the Indians, I think we gifted them their recordbreaking performance.
As diehard supporters we weren’t offered a single thread of hope that we could compete on any of the three days. The guardians of our rich heritage never showed up and we were severely punished and eventually annihilated in quick time.
Having deep pockets couldn’t change the outcome. What you take to the bank is your entitlement but what you take to the middle should justify it. I hope this message resonates with the players as they prepare for the second and final Test.
Manchester United is the richest football club in the world, with a current net worth of $4.14 billion. It has Alexis Sanchez on its books and he reportedly earns around £400 000 weekly. There are other players who are paid three-figure cheques too.
Despite that, they have made their worst start to the English Premier League in 29 years. Truthfully, the bottom looked to be dropping out the bucket when they were 2-0 down against lowly Newcastle at half-time last Saturday.
What happened in the second half was more about players saving their reputations than any interest in salvaging the job of embattled manager Jose Mourinho, who has reportedly fallen out with key figures in the dressing room.
For instance, look at Sanchez who has been way below par all season but he seemed to be specially energised when he came on for the last 20 minutes. He was involved in every attacking move and consequently and fittingly scored the winning goal.
With the kind of cash he gets, it is possible that at some point his conscience had to override any ill feeling he might have been harbouring against Mourinho. Professional pride was the currency that counted in that situation. He was the catalyst for the others. That’s the mirror image all sportsmen should portray as frequently as possible.