Indians are worthy Champions?

Champrockx By Champrockx, 11th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article highlights the debacle Indian cricket team suffered after the world cup glory. Who are to be blamed for this and also the possible reasons for this debacle.

Team India's poor run after the world cup

This is a question lingering in most of the people’s mind whether India really deserve the champion tag after we all saw their worst ever performance in the ongoing tour of England. Cricket is unpredictable? Isn’t it? How one bad game can make a team so demoralized that they keep losing all the games. I feel Indian team needs that one win in their kitty to bring their confidence back which has been lacking all throughout this England tour. While England team have been wary of this Indian team, they know how Indians can come hard at them. They have been very aggressive trying to keep India quiet with all the talkings trying not to put a foot wrong. While I have seen all throughout my cricketing years that the sub-continental teams can really turn their head up when the crowd really goes behind them. And this is partly the reason why teams like Pakistan, Srilanka & India for that matter do really good in their own backyard. Somehow we miss the crowd when we play outside sub-continent.

However all said and done, August 22, 2011 will always be remembered as a black day in India's cricket history. The team, ranked No 1 at the start of the series, again surrendered tamely in the fourth Test at The Oval, and suffered a 4-0 whitewash by England. It handed Mahendra Singh Dhoni his first Test series defeat as captain. It was not the margin of defeat that hurt, but the manner in which the team gave up match after match.

New coach Duncan Fletcher will surely be heading back to the drawing board to find ways to spark a revival, though the Board of Control for Cricket in India is unlikely to go in for a major shake-up or a post-mortem, like Australia did recently. They are fully aware that any such move will only point fingers at the Indian Premier League (IPL), which has helped it become one of the richest sports bodies in the world.

I was surprised to see India’s famed batting line-up which has got the reputation of ‘the best in the world’ failing to reach 300 in any innings so far. No-one believed India wouldn't be able to score 300 runs even once in the six innings it has played so far. No one expected India would lose by more than 750 runs in the first three Tests. This is possibly the worst series we have played in decades. It is clear that a combination of injuries to star players, lack of adequate preparation, absence of a wider pool of Test players and too much cricket thanks to a thoughtlessly crowded cricket calendar rendered India one of the worst series ever.

IPL is the reason behind this debacle ?

The IPL has done great things for Indian cricket in terms of improving infrastructure and giving domestic players a sense of security. But a board that has promoted it relentlessly needs to ensure that its scheduling does not impact on the national team's fortunes. They did play too much cricket before heading towards this England series. IPL being played immediately after the World cup and then the West Indies tour, and now immediately after the England tour they are to play the Champions League. No wonder the players would get injured after having played so much cricket in a very less amount of time.

The players have a lot to answer for in terms of accepting the scheduling. The players are very well aware that they are indeed playing too much cricket and they have left no chocie but to accept whatever comes before them. The senior players have to speak up in this regard and take up the issue to the BCCI or whoever it is. Nobody would point on IPL though, not even players nor BCCI because thats where the money comes from for both players and BCCI. Money factor as we all say, not surprisingly any common man would have done the same. But my point here is why do they have to play this every year, why not make it once in 2 years. Before we had only IPL to comfront, now to make matter worse there is Champions league, yet another tournament started off by BCCI which will again be played ever year.

At present, though, some see no need for change despite the problems on this tour. "We weren't sleeping and so we didn't need a wake-up call," said a defensive Dhoni on the eve of The Oval Test. "The good sides don't press the panic button quickly. We have to admit we were outplayed. Failures and challenges make life interesting." If India continues to play cricket as it has on this tour, India will turn off cricket. If you think that's unlikely, just where is Indian hockey now? India was once a true hockey powerhouse, but once the team stopped being competitive, people stopped watching.

However, a humiliating series can often be an inflection point. Indian cricket may yet become healthier, thanks to England. I'm very optimistic that Indian cricket will rise from this debacle. Just as we did after the 2007 WC exit. For there are still enough influential people who care about Indian Test and ODI cricket.


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author avatar Champrockx
Myself Champ, hailing from India, working for E n Y, this is totally new for me. I have been reading quite a few of them from various authors so i am still in my learning curve. Hopefully i will succeed in what i am doing !

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author avatar Shreeja
13th Sep 2011 (#)

good article :)

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author avatar Champrockx
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank u Shreeja ;)

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