Silly mid-ons

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/16/2018 1:25:29 PM IST

 Indian cricket has been shamed again by a huge run defeat at the hands of England at Lords where it lost by an innings and 159 runs after narrowly losing the first test at Edgbaston by a mere 31 runs. In cricket losing even by one run matters because it has a winner and a loser. The Indian team had won the T20 series 2-1 but lost the ODI 1-2 to England. The second loss leaves the Indians trailing 0-2 in the current five test series. India’s humiliating defeat was due to careless and lacklustre batting and lack of application of proper techniques. England’s bowlers dinked the ball this way and that way through deft wrist spins and left the Indian superstars playing silly shots and getting out in a hurry. The English bowlers were always there and thereabouts, mercilessly, almost sadistically, exposing the Indians’ flawed technique. There was too much quality in the bowling for Indians to have survived. Most batting units around the world would have had problems, but with Indians, the deep-rooted flaws surfaced quickly and too easily. At Lord’s the technical and mental frailties of the Indian batsmen were exposed. India’s batsmen were floundering. Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara have scored a total of 166 runs in this series; in contrast, Virat Kohli has scored 240 runs on his own. Kohli doesn’t have the best defensive technique in the team, but his mental toughness has come to the fore. The so-called superstars of Indian cricket such as Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, K.L.Rahul and Chateswar Pujara failed to put up any show of resistance against the intelligent English swing bowling. This also reinforces the belief that the Indian cricket superstars get excessive adulations in India and that has gone into their heads. Their glamour image has more than taken a beating at the hands of England and they most now do some serious work to improve their batting against better teams and that too outside Indian shores. The defeat has also raised questions on the selectors of the BCCI as well as the lacklustre performance of the so-called super starts of India cricket, barring skipper Virat Kohli. Even before the tour began and fresh from their home wins against visiting teams, the television channels had nothing but praises and adulations for the flamboyant Indian cricketers. What makes Indians so cricket crazy that they just do not seem to understand defeat? The cause lies in the kind of media hype that has followed the game.In fact, the media has to shoulder much of the blame for over reporting on cricket and thereby pushing up the expectations to Himalayan levels. Television channels had gone to ludicrous extremes in praising the glory boys of Indian cricket and one wondered if the entire talk shows hadn’t turned into a charade instead. Anyway, the point is not to debate about cricket but the hype in India, at least in some parts and the insanity that follows the game. The first is to relegate cricket to the level it deserves and not to keep it at the loftiest of pedestals. The higher it is the harder it falls. Let the game go on unnoticed like the traditional kabbadi or perhaps football and there would be less mania or craze. A common and popular saying in India that describes someone falling from grace is the phrase – from hero to zero. And that is exactly how the India’s cricketing heroes will find themselves if India loses the series or worse, whitewashed by England.

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