Saturday, March 24, 2007
INDIA OuttaWORLD CUP
India's World Cup 2007 run all but ended yesterday after the convincing victory by Sri Lanka. Barring a highly unlikely victory of Bermuda over Bangladesh two days from now, India are out.
Painful as this early exit is, there is a part of me which senses some good coming out of it. In the last two or three years Indian cricket is being successfully and rapidly morphed by various vested interests into a sort of sensational marketing machine. The BCCI has become a lucrative body with high profile politicians throwing in all their might to control it. Media, with its constant look out for sensationalist talking points, also played a big role by coining terms like "Team India" and "Men in Blue". As a result a realistic connection between team's performances and fans' expectations was destroyed.
Ground realities being disregarded, desires, passions, and emotions were exploited. It looked as if people were cashing in while the going was still good. Widely covered stories in the media of people shaving their heads, offering prayers for the team, naturally led to the ridiculous reactions to the loss. Now a national calamity will be declared and a multitude of theories will be offered as explanations. Much has been written about the financial disaster that will befall if India fails to reach Super 8. I see that as one bright spot in this gloom. It might bring in some much needed balance to cricket following in India.
Now our only hope is.Bermuda beating Bangladesh in tomorrow's match which would paved way for us to at least enter the super sixes,a chance that we ill deserve...if team India puts on such dismal performance..then BCCI should contemplate not sending a under performing team to the World Cup,rather than sending a team which plays like a B grade them....and bring shame to a cricket crazy country like ours,where cricket is our second religion...