On a Day when the entire country should have been celebrating Vishwanathan Anand’s tremendous achievement (four time World Champion, which Indian sportsman has ever achieved that?), we all woke up to the post mortems of India’s dismissal performance in the West Indies.
Frankly, India did not deserve any better. They showed lack of respect for the event by turning up late and not playing any warm up matches. This was very evident in their performance. Indians seemed tactically naïve and stubborn. They went in with only two seam bowlers on a quick track in Barbados and seemed reluctant to play Piyush Chawla and drop Ravindra Jadeja. It seemed that the team management was completely unaware of the conditions. The bowling did not create any impression and India probably were the worst fielding team in the competition.
And what about the batting. Many people considered India as one of the favorites for the tournament on the basis of their depth in batting. India has tremendous batting strength we were told, with great depth and great match winners. Truth be told, India has tremendous batting talent only in certain conditions. When the ball is rising and moving around, India has absolutely no batting strength. India’s batting performance against the Australians was shocking and the worrying part about that performance was that the majority of the batting line up were the so called future of Indian Cricket. The so called young stars proved that they have a long way to go before they can be considered in the same bracket as of the likes of Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar. A while back there was a movement in this country asking for the so called twenty-twenty players to be given a chance in the longer format.If you are trying to tell me that Suresh Raina should be batting for India at number 3 in a test match, then your understanding of the game is slightly different than mine. Raina is a good player on flat tracks but a very poor player on fast bouncy tracks. The disappointing thing about this is that Raina was a good player on flat tracks but a very poor player on fast bouncy tracks 3 years back as well. There has been no improvement/ change in his game in the last few years. The same can be said of Yuvraj Singh who continues to be a tremendous performer in some conditions and an average performer in certain others.
Hence its time for us to realize that we have been lucky to have the likes of Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar . Indian Cricket has achieved a lot of success due to these three stalwarts . What the last two T20 World Cups has shown is that the future of Indian batting looks very bleak beyond these great players. So Indian Fans should be ready for post mortems, particularly if we keep treating the IPL as the be all and end all of our cricket.