Captain Dhoni simply blamed IPL Parties and a Poor Performance for India’s debacle at the World Cup T 20 in West Indies….Really !
Captain needs to take the Blame really….. His Captaincy in this T 20 World Cup was outstandingly Poor on both Tactics and Team Selection… he preferred to chase when he should have batted… and yesterday he batted when he should have chased….. knowing that he had to not only beat Sri Lanka but also improve the net run rate, he opted to Bat first !….. My strong view was that he should have put the Lankans in to bat….. he would have had a target to chase which he needed to get in 18 overs….also his batting order was suspect… Our Top Batsman, Rohit Sharma never even got a chance to Bat in yesterday’s game!…..and Pathan should have opened…… Rohit Sharma was inexplicably kept out of the first three games…. he scored an unbeaten 79 against Australia to restore some respectability…. he was wrongly given out against the West Indies…. and yesterday he did not even get a chance to bat !……. Jadeja lost us two crucial Super 8 matches before he was dropped, not by Dhoni, but my public outbursts in India ! ….. Yuvraj was in Sulk Mode… he always is these days and it’s affecting his batting big time
Dhoni lost the whole Plot in this World Cup…. there was no Hunger in Him to Win…. His aura was not there…he simply was unable to lift and inspire the Team…. Methinks this has something to do with the great Wealth of Millions of Dollars he has procured through Endorsements of Fans, Bikes, Mobile Services, Real Estate Companies and a score of other Products and Services!…. nothing wrong… but when such Newly Got Wealth kills the Hunger to Win,the obscenity of it all comes up for scrutiny…. Methinks he needs rest from Captaincy to rethink and reignite his fire and hunger to win… we need a Dynamic Dhoni again and not a Mellowed one like he’s become !
Clearly Our Team has issues between them…. Dhoni said that they had not come to West Indies to Lose !….. but then they were not even Hungry for a Win !… there was no passion…. no intensity… no team camadarie visible…. they have let down themselves, their fans and their Country… I know Cricket is just a Game…. but you must go down fighting !
BCCI is also accountable here….. they are the culprits too…..IPL was timed just before the World Cup for the second year now….. clearly Money Matters more than Country Pride…. Also BCCI’s Team Selection had raised a few eyebrows… Favoritism, Nepotism, Regional Bias was quite evident….. Utthappa was left out, as was Irfan Pathan….. Many players, like Sehwag, suffered Injuries in the IPL and could not play for India
Seems the IPL has become a Curse for our Country…. because of the Lavish Way it has been conducted….. Obscene Monies, Bloated Egos, Over the Moon Valuations, Owner Frontings,Distracting and Alluring and Seductive Glamour on and off the Field, Suspicion of Match Fixing, Improper Tiring Six Week Scheduling of the IPL just before the Crucial World Cup leading to Player Injuries and Fatigue….. and all that we hear from BCCI and the Franchise Owners is that IPL is a great Brand !… Methinks BCCI deserves the sobriquet of the “Brand for the Cabaret of Cricket in India” … I can label it worse, but it’s etiquette to be polite
And for Godsake get some really good Cricket anchors on the Live Telecast…. ESPN had jokers like Cyrus Broacha and some Girl, who is supposed to be Hot in TV Serials and Reality Shows trying to be funny and entertaining from the Studio…. they were bloody facetious, with little or no knowledge of the Game…. It’s an Experiment that has not worked….. Thank God, on field host, West Indian Ian Bishop did not do the ‘Bhangra’ yesterday before our Crucial Match, as repeatedly egged on to do so by Cyrus through the other on field Host, Ravi Shastri… It took a wise Wasim Akram in the studio with Cyrus to bring the focus back to cricket when he quickly interfered and asked Bishop a Cricketing Question….. and Cyrus, you do the ‘Bhangra’ after you’ve won the Match… not before !…more so when intensity and serious focus was the call of the hour in this crucial match… get off the Screen, Cyrus… you’re a Bloody Bore where Serious Cricket is concerned…. it’s one thing being really witty and it’s quite another being really stupid !…. and Girl, show some respect to our National Team, no matter how poorly they are perfroming…. how can you comment on International TV about our Player, Vinay Kumar, who was getting his first game, with an insulting tone “All Expenses Paid Trip to the Carribean!”…. the guy was selected in our T 20 Team and deserves to be respected… you have simply no bloody right to derate him like this… keep your personal opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to Cricketing Performance on the field
Methinks like we Nationalised our Banks in 1969, we need our Government to supersede the BCCI immediately and set up a new depoliticised Body for Cricket to be run and headed by Pedigree Cricket Professionals who are known for their Integrity
Methinks also the Government has no Guts to do this…. Why ?…. see how it stayed a pathbreaking welcome policy announced by our Minister for Sports, Gill restricting the maximum tenure of heads of various National Sporting Associations in India to 12 years….. immediately a hue and cry was heard loud and clear from the likes of V K Malhotra and Suresh Kalmadi… these guys have been ruling Archery and Athletics for decades, without much to show for it…. they went crying to our PM, who has stayed this policy implementation… it will now be considered only after the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi this October…. we Indians are keeping our fingers crossed for the successful conduct of these Games after the huge Controversies that centred around the slow progress on Preparation and Construction of facilities for the Games…. Suresh Kalmadi barely has managed to keep his Job !
Praying that this IPL Controversy and the Lalit Modi v/s BCCI battle will finally open the Pandora’s Box and Cricket Administration and Selection will be overhauled in India and Selection is always on Merit and All Players always play for Pride when they Play for Our Mother India and keep our Tricolour Flying High…. they have to Play as a Team and Give off their Best…. shedding off their personal egos and internal tiffs when they don the India Cap and go on the Field
Then Cricket is just another Game… and Winning and Losing is part of it