Saturday, February 12, 2011

The silly market campaign urging Dhoni & Co to win the cricket World Cup

There is something absolutely silly when all that millions of Indians -- a billion plus if you are to believe the advertisers' and the media hyperboles which are outright lies -- want is that India should win the cricket World Cup. Whatever happened to that old-fashioned sentiment -- Let the better side win? It is natural and logical to argue that on paper at least the Indian team looks really good this time round. But not good enough even if it were to win the World Cup. There is no paradox in this. Apart from South Africa, and England to a certain extent, none of the other teams look strong or even good. Winning against lacklustre teams takes away the pride and satisfaction that comes from victory.
India's 1983 World Cup win is great because Kapil's Devils won against the strongest teams in the field. Clive Lloyd's men were literally giants. Dhoni cannot be faulted for the fact that today West Indies is a B team by any reckoning or that the Sri Lankan team of today is not as good as that of the Arjun Ranatunga's team of 1996 or Imran Khan's Pakistan squad of 1992 when these two teams won the World Cup.
People who really love cricket are not really bothered as to who would win the Cup. They are looking to a keen contest of the kind one witnessed between Australia and South Africa in 1999, and where the semi-final between the two was a better game than the final itself.
Apart from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Premier League (IPL), the others who are killing the spirit of the game are the advertisers and the media. This raucous rooting for an India win in the Cup -- it has proved so ineffective in 2003 and in 2007 -- is indescribably vulgar. But then vulgarity never bothered the ignoramuses.

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