All the anticipation of Indian team to repeat the history of 1983 and their fan following "The Blue Billion" to celebrate it went out in a fizz after India scrambled down to Sri Lanka in the priliminary round of the ICC cricket world cup. India stands virtually out of the world cup now...all hopes slashed. Before the match started,India was being considered a strong contender for the cup. Cricket earns the highest no. of revenues in India than any sport. Cricketers are GODS here...
One may argue that the Indian team has succumbed to pressure to perform by a billion population back home.But then its totally justified because these cricketers earn exuberant amont of money owing to their popularity amongst masses and this popularity was not because they looked handsome on screen or were some kind of trendsetter in youth or a sex symbol.....NO..they 'earned' popularity because they performed on field,played match winning innings,had nerves of steel to bear the tough competition and come out looking good.
Sadly this thing is a past now..few critics blame the captain and the coach for failure..but this is unfair...coach is the last person who should be blamed and more so as far as Indian case is concerned. Some of the best players ever that cricketing world has seen,belong to India,,they have been coached by a highly paid trainer Greg, and recieve world class training equipments, health professionals and anything and everything a player would desire including endorsements which fetch hefty moolah.
So what do a coach do if his players chooses to pay more time to advertisements and ramp? What if they want to go on field and play amateurish shots and make a fool of themselves before opposition? is the coach to blame if they are lazy on field or play irresponsibly when team wants them? NO ofcourse. I believe that its the sheer lack of agression and committment by the players towards the game. The old and mature team members like sachin,saurav,sehwag,dravid just trottle around haplesslywithout any stratergy and plan. Its been a sorry scenario lately and only the players are to blame . Players should set their priorities and their game should come before any thing else..
The team has undoubtedly put the fans in shame and should be made to pay for it. All their endorsements should be terminated and the match fee be scrapped. The people should themselves start treating them as any other person and take away from them the"star" symbol they have blindly showered them with.
And yes Indians should start looking at other sports with equal respect and zest..Sania Mirza plays sooo much better and looks far more cool and committed towards her game than any indian cricketer at present... who look total despos and thrashed...duh!!