Watching Indian team slowly collapse against the Aussies, a thought crossed my mind. The other day I read about the success of reality shows such as Nach Baliye and Jhalak Dikhla Ja somewhere. Well, if millions of Indians can tune in to watch such shows, is it possible to have reality show which seeks to unearth bowling talent from far flung and remote areas of India through a TALENT HUNT CONTEST?
The reason behind my worry is the absence of a string of lightening quick fast bowlers who can make the batsmen go weak in their knees. We have seen what a Shane Bond, Brett Lee or Shoaib Akhtar can do to an opposition. India needs a couple of fast bowlers who can join this elite category. West Indies reigned supreme in the world of cricket primarily due to their pace battery which comprised the likes of Marshal, Roberts and Garner. The reason behind my worry is the absence of a string of who can make the batsmen go weak in their knees. We have seen what a Shane Bond, Brett Lee or Shoaib Akhtar can do to an opposition. India needs a couple of fast bowlers who can join this elite category. West Indies reigned supreme in the world of cricket primarily due to their pace battery which comprised the likes of .
For this we need to search and scout for talents. We need to dig out alleys, small towns and cities where cricket breeds and flourishes in India. There exists talent which does not find the resource to reach the final destination. That is where a talent show can make a difference. The incentive on offer for such talents through sponsorships would also be a lucrative deal for them to come to the fore. And the greatest reason above all would be the Pride and Playing for the country!
The other reason for such a talent show is the gaping hole with regard to the bench strength in the bowling of Indian cricket team.
A string of bowlers are cooling their heels, some are injured while others are recovering. The list is growing by the day Laxmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel and the most recent inclusion- Ajit Agarkar. If experienced bowlers like these keep getting hurt do we have a good line of bowlers to fill in their slots?
In a country where cricket has displaced hockey in terms of popularity and fan following, where people literally idolize cricketers, it becomes important for the team and game to develop.
Cricket has outgrown from this image of a sport to an entertainment event and is rated equally or maybe more than reality shows on a given day. Thus a talent show for the betterment of the game using media is not a bad deal after all. Media’s power should be harnessed for the benefit of the game and the Indian cricket team.
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