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IPL T-20 World Cup and India
Recently concluded T-2- world cup raised many questions to the dismal performance of India.
We have to find the right answers to many questions.
ü Media hype from the very beginning, as India is already a winner (of T-20 World Cup) be ready to welcome them as the T-20 World Cup Champion.
ü There were total of 12 teams eight of them frontline world class teams, when any of them could be a winner and even then only four qualified for the semifinals.
ü Top teams like South Africa & Windies also got washed out of the semifinal race.
ü Indians poor performance has been greatly attributed to IPL, just because Lalit Modi has become a discredited performer during last thirty days, don’t blame the IPL.
ü If we look at the performance of the cricketers of other countries who were part of IPL, they have performed the best.
ü Why should our media hype the event, to such an extent that if our cricket team does not return as champion, we are ready to thrash them/stone them or the over enthusiast are ready to cause them physical harm.
ü Game is game, winning or loosing are the two sides of it as the “Life & Death”. Please accept it.
Do analyise the reasons:-
(a) Was the selection correct?
(b) Was the schedule too tight?
(c) Was the desired discipline and decorum maintained?
(d) Are the cricketing conditions so different from India? Specially in a Coastal Country?
(e) Are our players not able to adjust to “Poce & Bounce”?
ü Dear Media (specially the electronic Media), India under Dhoni has achieved most remarkable standards in Cricket. No. 1 in Test Cricket, No. 2 in One Day International. T-20 Format is very different and unpredictable don’t discredit the captain and players to an extent that they become the most envious members in the eyes of the fan club.