An Indian Decline, Or Just A Hiccup?

Why do South Asian teams go from brilliance to embarrassingly low depths in a week? More specifically, what is going on with India? On the one hand, you want to blame a ridiculously non-stop schedule (who scheduled this ridiculous series anyway?) and dismiss India’s 2nd ODI performance as nothing more than a blip. On the other hand, there are the usual worries: is Rohit Sharma cut out for the big leagues, or will he only prosper in the Twenty20 format? What’s wrong with Gautam Gambhir? And who knew R.P. Singh could play defense so well?

Don’t have many answers, I’m afraid. I’m relatively happy with the current team, and I’ll give them as much space and time they need before the 2011 World Cup. Thank goodness this flare-up isn’t happening too close to the event.


5 thoughts on “An Indian Decline, Or Just A Hiccup?

  1. Q says:

    Going by their performance in the 1st ODI, i’ll say its only a blip..

    • SM says:

      Hi Q , I am surprised at your well pitched appreciation of the Indian team performance in the first ODI . Had Dinesh Ramdin held his nerves in the 49th over . the result would have been otherwise is it sir ? Infact the WI lost the match rather than India winning due to one brilliant innings from the Prince . Now the next performance form prince would come 3 month later . Lets follow it .

  2. Samir Chopra says:

    DB: This up-n-down is a an old feature of Indian cricket. A quick glance at our cricketing history will show this to be the case. I’m not worried; soon we’ll be over the moon.

  3. Krish says:

    It is too difficult to say this on the basis of one match in a throwaway series. The World Twenty20 was mainly a problem of tactics. Let’s wait till September and see.

  4. Som says:

    I think every team is entitled to occasional hiccups and I don’t have issue with that. But the manner of defeat was more alarming than the defeat itself. There was something obvious in their capitulation that merits introspection. To be honest, I’m not sure is India’s Test future is in safe hands once Tendulkar-Laxman-Dravid retire. Let’s face it, the youngsters can’t play spin and don’t have the technique to survive short-pitch stuff. Only hope is that by the time Tendulkar-Laxman-Dravid retire, Test cricket may cease to exist.

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