Here’s the interesting thing: despite the Indian team’s recent successes and its clear confidence, I don’t think its fans feel as secure. While the Indian cricket team may firmly be 21st-century, I think most fans are still stuck in the 1990s, afraid that the batting line-up is more fragile than it really is, and that victory is never assured.
India are now 78/3, trailing by hundreds of runs. Admit it: you’re scared. But would an Australian fan have felt just as scared if this was their team’s situation, say, two years ago? Of course not. Have we got over ourselves? Do we really have faith? (And do we want it? Isn’t it more fun this way, when nothing is for sure?)