Team India which got out for 138 in just 33.3 overs giving Sri Lanka a chance to chase them in under 20 overs , got its captain M.S.Dhoni defending the performance and blaming the unpredictable and bad pitch , as the reason of their loss !
Bad Pitch should have been for both the Teams , ain’t it ? 😉
Spot fixing in cricket is as sinful as murdering the thrill of the sport, at least for cricket lovers and India where the sport is a religion in itself, spot fixing by players is all the more sinful.
BCCI is the richest Cricket Board of the World and undoubtedly cricket players who are almost Gods are one of the richest professionals in the country. Unlimited money and untamed fame are the special features of cricket in India and hence competition is high to be a part of Team India and moreover to sustain there. With the introduction of new game format twenty-20 which is the shortest form of the sport, new talents are also getting opportunity to not only show their skill but also make money and fame. Spot-fixing is the hazardous bi-product which a short-cut way of making money for players ! Where the world around bets on each and every ball delivered and runs scored or wickets taken on them , it is the same one ball which can fetch a player a hefty amount if he does what has been told to him by the organizer of illegitimate bets ! Think, if you know what is going to be the result of the game between two equally capable teams and to top it , if you know the game almost ball by ball !
A sting operation by news channel revealed 2 young players f domestic level were willing to be paid money for doing what the journalist(portraying as organizer of illegitimate betting) wanted them to, on the field ! The players, T. Sudhindra and Shalabh Srivastava are the sufferers of greed. Sudhindra has been barred to play cricket for life as he accepted bribe for spot-fixing for domestic level match while Srivastava has been barred for 5 years for agreeing to such deal!
With many others, now stands Kapil Dev,the former Indian captain and the first to make India proud of winning the World Cup of 1983. He wants Sachin to retire at the earliest now. Of the view that he should have rather retired before the 2011 world-cup and at least after that, he feels age factor is taking a toll on the Master Blaster!
Why should not Sachin retire without making 100th century?
While there are continued criticisms faced by Sachin still not retiring and most believe it is his 100th century what he is playing for, one should not forget at the end records do matter. Among many other records which the great batsman has earned the awaited century would surely be the biggest, if at all the critics allow him to continue. Sachin Tendulkar when compared to the young Indian cricketers is not playing that bad. Who in the team is playing great ? Is it Suresh Raina , Jadeja , Rohit Sharma , who ? Sachin is playing lot better than one would have expected out of a man of his age. Critics wanted him to retire 5 years back but he came back and showed his worth. And why should he not think of records ? Although he has been ‘One Man Army’ many a times in the past , winning matches for India, single-handedly , he has never been a reason of India losing. With due respect to the great player Kapil Dev, it should also be noticed that during the ending phase of his career, none of the opponent batsmen ever hesitated scoring boundaries of Kapil’s bowl. In fact he would stand very expensive many a times and yet he did not quit till he broke the record of Richard Hadlee of 433 wickets!
India registers its first win in the Commonwealth Tri-Series against Sri Lanka. In the 46th over , bowled by Mathews of Sri Lanka Ashwin hit the winning shot which was ideally going to make him lose his wicket as it was high up in the air, very close to the pitch, towards the off-sdie and had at least two Sri Lankan players beneath it . It was considerably a very easy high-catch for any player. However, there was a twist in the tale as both took similar decision. Malinga decided to leave the ball for Tharanga and vice versa and the ball fell in between while Ashwin and Jadeja completed the winning run. Ashwin could not believe the rescue like everyone watching the match and had a astonished smile on his face. Well, rarely do we get to see these childish follies in International matches. All in all, it was a happy and funny climax of the match for Indian Cricket fans.
It is not easy to digest Indian defeat and to top it if Pakistan seems to be amused about it, hurts all the more. Indian media has been asking Team India to seek lessons from Pakistani Cricket Team. They have surely created an applauding comeback by overcoming all odds and winning against England. Pakistan Cricket Team is the same team which had created news with its key players held guilty in Match-Fixing and it is the same Team which has got back its respect by winning over World’s number One Cricket Team, England on their home-ground whereas India had lost 4-0 in England aswell.
Anyone who would have followed the India- Australia Test Series would not deny that Team India never seemed enthusiastic enough to turn matches and the result has humiliated not only Team India but the nation as a whole. Although Indians might not have celebrated Pakistani players found guilty for match – fixing but Team India’s loss has given Pakistani Cricket Fans sense of amusement, all thanks to our “Tigers Only At Home”, as claimed by Pakistani Media.
Indian cricketers are richer than any World Cricket Players and are treated as Gods in the country and even a bruise on their finger is a ‘Breaking News’ in India. In return, these are the same Gods who disgusted Indian Fans.
There is no comeback unless India wins the One-Day Series in Australia which all Indian Fans and Supporters can just pray for because the players seem cool about the loss and consider it ‘just a phase’.