Indians proved once more why they don’t deserve to be the World Champions. From the way the team batted it is clear that this is not the stuff Champions are made of!
Electing to bat after winning the toss the top guns failed to assert themselves on the field and let the bowlers dominate on a surface which was not very suited to explosive batting. The batsmen had to spend time in the middle and accumulate runs but the Indian batsmen wanted to flay the bowling and in the process dug their own grave.
The downfall started with Sehwag who again let himself and the team down by getting bowled for 2 runs. Sehwag had been telling newschannels about the effort put by him in rectifying his technique but the hard work was barely was visible in the way he approached the match. It was the same old story once again and Sehwag might not be lucky this time around with regard to finding a place in the side unless he proves his utility in a strong manner. Irrespective of all the meditation and hardwork his misery continues and is slowly spilling over on the overall performance of the team.
The middle order too collapsed and all that was being said and written about the solid Indian batting order evaporated into thin air as the India lost the prized wickets of Tendulkar, Dravid and Uthappa for a cumulative total of 30 runs! What a shame that the players with the maximum number of matches and runs behind them could score equal to two Indian bowlers only!
The misery was compounded with the horrendous exit of MS Dhoni and for once I felt that Dhoni could think of changing his hairstyle as his form could change with that! He got out playing a very poor shot which in a way reflected the lack of responsibility and wreckless mindset of the batsman. For Dhoni it might not be a bad idea to shift his focus from Hair to more serious things like cricket at least for the time being!
The only face saving grace for India was the painful but solid knock from Ganguly who scored 66 from 129 balls. Also worth mentioning was the superb and priceless knock of 47 from Yuvraj singh which included 3 fours and a six.
There was a certain element of pride that was missing in the
performance put up by the Indian batsmen. And if they don’t reflect and make ammends on this performance then it is going to curtains for the team in the World Cup very soon. The reason why India won the World Cup in 1983 was the sheer pride with which the players played every single match. The moment they wore their Indian caps the players turned into devils ready for any situation. A classic example was the gutsy knock of 175 by Kapil Dev against Zimbabwe when the team was down at 17 for 5 wickets.
To be frank, I do not see any player in the Indian batting order capable of reaching anywhere close to that performance for it was a mix of aggression, positive attitude and PRIDE. The Indian team needs to find these traits very soon in their game or else they might see another meek surrender to Sri Lanka and who knows even Bermuda!
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