There Are Lessons to be Learnt

The Economic Times - - Sports - Bo­ria Ma­jum­dar

It has been a rather strange home tour­na­ment for In­dia. Los­ing to New Zealand at Nag­pur started a string of un­der­whelm­ing per­for­mances and the ge­nius of Vi­rat Kohli notwith­stand­ing, In­dia, one has to agree, does not de­serve to be in the fi­nal at the Eden Gar­dens. Against Bangladesh, it was the visi­tors who gifted In­dia the match rather it and against Aus­tralia it was a Vi­rat ef­fort. The cu­mu­la­tive con­tri­bu­tion of the top five bats­man- Ro­hit Shar ma, Shikhar Dhawan / Ajinkya Ra­hane, Yu­vraj Singh and Suresh Raina is less than Vi­rat’s solo. They were too re­liant on Kohli. Capt a i n MS Dhoni, in his post-match press con­fer­ence at Mum­bai said that his spin­ners have never done well with the wet ball. Some­one should surely have asked him why? These are home con­di­tions and the match was be­ing played in a venue where ev­ery In­dian crick­eter has played tonnes of cricket grow­ing up. Seven matches of the IPL are held at the Wankhede un­der lights and our premier bowlers should by now be used to bowl­ing with a dew af­fected ball. Are we then sug­gest­ing that In­dia will win only if Dhoni wins the toss and only if our spin­ners get a crack at the dry cherry? Af­ter a spec­tac­u­lar Asia Cup much was ex­pected of the In­dian bat­ting. But they strug­gled, ev­ery­one but Vi­rat did. In­dia was in­evitably two or three down in the power play and h a d Vi r at not stepped up his game to an­other level, it would have been cur­tains at Mo­hali it­self. Ro­hit was just not able to c on­ver t st a r t s and Dhawan fell rather pre­dictably far too many times. Raina too didn’t im­press.

So, should there be a churn? The next 50 over World Cup is still three years away and the next World T-20 four years down the line, how many of these play­ers will be around in 36 months time? While Ashish Nehra was good, for how long can he sur­vive the rigours of in­ter­na­tional? Yu­vraj isn’t the same player that he was. So what’s the way for­ward for In­dian cricket? Many might see Thurs­day as one bad night and say that much is be­ing made of one loss but the re­al­ity is we were hardly con­vinc­ing in any of our vic­to­ries. In­dia scraped through and did not dom­i­nate at home and that’s the worry. But should we ask these ques­tions? Af­ter all we are In­dian jour­nal­ists who our cap­tain has very lit­tle re­gard for. While none of us will have brothers or sons to take his place, there are young­sters in the coun­try who do as­pire to play for In­dia if given an op­por­tu­nity. And this world cup may well end up open­ing the door for some of them.

Many might see Thurs­day as one bad night and say that much is be­ing made of one loss

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