1.) You know when an aethist keeps murmuring prayers that India is in trouble.
2.) No matter how many prayers the aethist murmur’s, God never fulfills.
It was so so so disappointing yesterday that we are now out of the World T-20 Championships. While disappointment clouds my and all Indian supporters hearts this is the time to support the team. Loses happen, this is sport, decisions misfire and mistakes are made. The true character of teams emerges from what they learn from the mistakes and how they come back.
Some decisions will be and must be debated,
1.) Strange Tactics – –
Why did Mahi come at number 3 in the first 3 matches and go down the order when the more important matches came he went down the order, neither did he let Raina get used to the conditions and when they were going to bombard us with Short Pitched stuff Raina is sent at number 3, where as he is miserable against genuine pace and bounce, especially when all the deliveries are heading for his throat. Mahi is a much better player of the short pitched stuff and why he went down will be questioned and must be questioned.
2.) Instincts Fail – –
Captaincy is all about instincts and a matter of taking risks, while Joginder Sharma bowled the last over in the World cup finals last year… I quietly thought to myself… this is recipe for disaster. But Mahi’s punt worked… and a captain is awarded with tons of accolades… He is a gambler, a risk taker, he has a midas touch… etc etc… all fine till you are winning however the problem starts when this strategy fails. Everyone is going to question why was Ravindra Jadeja was sent ahead of Yuvraj, Mahi and Yusuf ???
3.) Conservative India – –
Normally over the last 1 to 1 and a half year when our players play there is this constant fear in my heart… careful… they are taking too many risks, these players have no fear or what… how does it come off… Yes I would always be anxious and nervous that they are taking too many chances…
However amazingly they used to churn out match winning performances. Amazingly India have resorted to being conservative and a fear of failure it seemed gripped them… Kindly explain why would you hold Yuvraj behind Ravindra Jadeja when he is in scintilating form ?? Kindly advise why did Gauti stopped charging the opening bowlers ?? Kindly explain why Ishant resorts to bowling at 135 kms/ph ?? Kindly explain why Dhoni has just forgone his attacking play and only looks to nudge singles ?? What happened to the team that threw caution to the winds ??
This is sport and mistakes happen they get lots of accolades when they win and they must get their share of criticism but with mistakes also come opportunities to learn. They have lost and they will learn…. I just hope that the media remains constructive in criticism and does not go crying about the advertisements the players do or what the players do in their personal lives.
Mahi’s honeymoon with the media is over. Now begins the real test, all was falling into place so far and this is his first taste of failure, the media will hound him and pound him tooo… Mahi has always received a fair share of accolades, Captain cool, Captain courageous, the man with the midas touch… well just see how the media will take a “U” turn.
It is now that the litmus test will begin, hopefully India cricket can rise from this, T-20 is a fickle game in nature and this can happen. Important is to bounce back and not fall apart. Mahi and his boys will have to rise from here and they have the ability, talent and the sensibility to do so…
Remember the players are the most disappointed and disheartened bunch at the moment. I sincerely hope people support the team and not ransack it. !!For it is human to err… !!
Espn / Star Cricket just showed why they are the best channel to broadcast Cricket… amazing was that in the last 5 overs they cut down on the commercials and actually let us experience the atmosphere of the crowd and the excitement throughout. If and only if they would cover all the matches. It would be so much fun unlike Set Max who only shows 5 balls of the over and bombards us with advertisements all the time.