Long-standing love for the game of Cricket ends

These are very sad days for Indian Cricket. India, the team which boasts to have the best batting line-up in the world is knocked out of the first round of Cricket World cup. The defeat against the minnows Bangladesh was humiliating.

Add to that the SMS leaks, E-Mail leaks nothing is going well for Indian Cricket at the moment. Greg Chappell’s comments on the seniors players, branding them as the “Mafia” and accusing them of not treating junior cricketers well and not making way for the youngsters. He goes on further to point fingers to Sachin Tendulkar. Then you have Greg’s brother Ian Chappell who says Sachin Tendulkar should retire.

Till now it was just the Chappels who had put forth their views. Today’s Newspaper had the views of the Indian players, especially the seniors. Man !! Greg Chappell, the coach, didn’t speak to players for three to four days during the world cup !!! No wonder India was knocked out in the first round. Lots of indirect mud-slinging happening.

There are big players in India team with lots of ego. Greg Chappell wanted to run the show Australian way, Well !! this is India to do that, the system needs to be changed. BCCI is a money making organization its more interested in selling media rights than improving the system in India. BCCI is the richest Cricket board where does all the money go ?

This was bound to happen some day. Commercialization of cricket is the root cause for all this. Its not the players or the coach who are to be blamed its the system i.e. BCCI who is responsible for it. If anyone has to resign or retire it is the BCCI officials.

Whatever it is the game of cricket has lost one fan.

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8 Responses to Long-standing love for the game of Cricket ends

  1. aashithraj says:

    The game of cricket is at a all time low in India. I have been a supporter of India through its good times and bad times. But then I wasn’t working and didn’t know the difference between professionalism and amateurism. Well I won’t say I know it now but I definitely will say this much Indian cricketers are not professional enough. How many times have we heard this we lost because we didn’t play well, its cricket everything depends on luck. If luck was the case, explain why Australians always win. Is it because they have the best batting line up? We have a better one don’t we. At least we boast of one. Bowling I agree Australians are far better than Indians, but Australian bowlers are hardly stretched with the batsmen murdering the opposition. Forget Australians, all amongst the current Australian team has achieved greatness, guess there is a tree in Australia where they can go and pluck the fruit of greatness and eat it.
    Take Srilanka for example, they look far more imposing than the Indian team with their bunch of far less talented guys. Barring Murli, there is no exceptional talent in the team. But they still win. Is it just plain pure luck the Srilanka wins? Nope, they also loose when they are faced with a better team than they are. But they murder lesser teams and ward off equals and give a nightmare to far superior teams. This is professionalism, you are playing cricket agreed but its your profession so you have to work on it, there is no reprieve till you retire. That’s the case with all professions, only that sportsmen earn far more than some other mundane jobs.
    If Aussies are great its because they work relentlessly on their skills even when they have a long lay off. Glen McGrath hits a length consistently because he bowls overs after overs in the nets trying to hit the exact spot. Tell me one Indian cricketer who does that even during his off season? Guess barring Sachin(don’t know if he also does it) none.

  2. Sweety says:

    I too am (or should i say was!) a great fan of cricket. I agree that Indian players do not have professionalism. But have we ever wondered why the best batsmen of world play so badly?? I remember Inzy’s comments at this stage, “Each player from India /Pakistan goes to the field as iff it is a battle field and with the fear that if they lose their family is going to suffer back home”. You think Austarlian Team has to go through this?
    Dont you think, we the people of India are as much responsible for their poor performance as they are? Why do we treat this sport as if our life depends on it?

    About Commercialization, who would not go for an act in Ad if you are given such huge amount. Now why are they awarded with such huge amont?Again Because of us?

    I too am a great fan of India and Indian cricket, I love watching it. But the match result does not affect me .. change the channel and watch some movie if they lose:)
    wish we give our cricketers some space so that they could breath easy and concentrate on their game..Only then we will have the rights to blame them for not performing.

  3. Firestarter says:

    “Each player from India /Pakistan goes to the field as iff it is a battle field and with the fear that if they lose their family is going to suffer back home

    Do they complain when the public shower accolades on them ? When they don’t complain about that, then why complain about this ? Its two faces of the same coin…They have to learn to deal with it rather than complain.

    About Commercialization, who would not go for an act in Ad if you are given such huge amount. Now why are they awarded with such huge amont?Again Because of us?

    They are treated as heroes because of the heroisms they show in one off match. Let them show the heroism in every match or at-least put up a fighting performance we will always support. The point they forget to do that.

    I too am a great fan of India and Indian cricket, I love watching it. But the match result does not affect me .. change the channel and watch some movie if they lose:)

    So that means off-late you haven’t watched matches featuring India 🙂

    wish we give our cricketers some space so that they could breath easy and concentrate on their game..Only then we will have the rights to blame them for not performing.

    World cup in no ordinary series its like the final exam of Cricket. Where everyone should gives their best, at least show a fighting spirit. If this was some ordinary tournament the above comments would have been harsh.

    Football players say English Premier League make more money that Indian cricketer do. Football is more commercialized than cricket. Seen the way the supporters react when their team looses ? The passion there is more than what we have for cricket. But have you seen anytime players (not a player) being blamed for the loss ? NO. Thats because they make sure they give their 150% in the field, the other team might be far better, they might loose. But they fight till the end. Thats the whole point.

    Its not about winning or loosing. It about sportsmanship, showing fighting spirit. They are representing their nation what more motivation do they need ?

  4. aashithraj says:

    Sweety, I totally agree with you when you say it is because of the people that Indian players are such a pampered lot.
    But this lack of performance has not been just in this World Cup. Far lesser teams have overtaken us in every department of the game. Barring a Dravid who always plays cricket as if it his job and he has to do it, no one else does. WHy do they have to right? They will get a huge amount of money in ads anyways. Because, the people adore them. So why are the people blamed when they are agitated with their heroes for failing their hopes. And the cricket field being a battle field, I haven’t seen in the recent past where the players were crucified for losing after they had given a fair fight.

  5. Sweety says:

    I totally agree with Both fo you guys. I do understand what you guys expect from Indian Players. And I agree that World Cup was the stage where they should have given their best and if they perform to their calibre they can beat any team any day.. We do feel disappointed when they dont give their best.

    But now we can grumble about it whole day saying why they are not playing and blame them or do something about it.
    This “Something About it” is what i am trying to talk people in to.. stop making them heroes stop watching matches, make them second priority
    wat it will do is , they will start becoming serious rather than being pampered lot..
    Does it make sense?:)

  6. Firestarter says:

    Sweety, Read the last line of the blog thats what I’m doing.

    Whatever it is the game of cricket has lost one fan.

  7. Sweety says:

    Thats cool.. if every one does it .. our cricketers will play real well:)

  8. aashithraj says:

    Well sweety, I am not agitated et al that India exited early from this years World Cup. It was anyways a writing on the wall that we are not going to do well in this years edition, unless some bookie had some other plans.
    And what about us viewers giving breathing space, our cricketers earn their large moolah because of the attention they get from the public. The moment its gone the money is gone. Our anguish is instead of using the public attention as a form of adulation and admiration our cricketers use it as a tool to blame for their lack of performance.
    The cricketers are not to be blamed too, most of our cricketers were blooded in too early as teenagers, the formative years for any cricketer, other than an exceptional talent like a Sachin who could hit centuries at will in his hay days.
    When the cricketers have to peak they would have already had a burn out from the rigors of international cricket. But I cannot find reasons for the lack of performance from our seniors though.

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