Thursday, June 3, 2010

India: The New Minnow in Cricket?

India's second loss, in a row, to Zimbabwe is quite shameful indeed.

The Indian tigers now just seem to be purring like pussy cats in front of the Zimbabwean lions.

Surely, the politics and sleaze associated with cricket in India has taken its toll, a very heavy toll indeed. Very soon we could see a repeat of what happened to Indian hockey decades ago if nothing is done to arrest the downfall down.

I was never a big fan of the game nor do I still claim to be. I am not an expert on the game, but there are a few things that I am absolutely convinced about.

Firstly, we need to get the basics right. Cricket is a game. If played well, success will come and so will money. But, the business aspect is secondary and subservient to the sporting aspect.

Secondly, fitness and technique is something the players should focus on or rather should be made to focus on. Post-match parties, drinking binges and brawls, chasing pretty chicks and soliciting commercials are secondary to the game.

Thirdly, attitude is everything. The Aussies have shown it time and again. We simply seem to lack it.

Somehow, we seem to lack a vision in cricket as well. And it seems all is well as long as the BCCI is able to rake in the moolah.

Sad but true. If things don't change, twenty years on, India will be a minnow in international cricket.

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