Grow Up India!

February 12, 2006
Shravan Sampath

As a country, India has always been host to a bunch of emotional people. For years now, the smartest people have utilized this fact to their advantage, right from Mahatma Gandhi to Ekta Kapoor (the famous maker of the K series of soaps).

Indians have a penchant for melodrama, and I am no different. This is in ordinary circumstances, but in special occasions, the emotions often go overboard, and tend to take over the logic and reasoning of the country.

An India-Pakistan cricket match is an event of such high emotional value that even a PV Narasimha Rao would spout emotions. The current India-Pakistan series is no different. After the first match, Pakistanis started hailing Pakistan as the best one day team in the world. (Of course, we used to be the same country once upon a time, so the genes are not really that different). Even our Australian coach, Greg Chappell went around saying that Pakistan was probably the best one day side in the world.

In the very next game, the entire scenario changes, and Pakistan gets walloped, and everyone begins hailing India as the best thing since western toilets.

Two matches ago, Sachin was supposed to be a spent force. Esteemed ex-cricketers such as Moin Khan started writing ill thought out and poorly worded articles in national dailies about why he believes that Sachin is finished. Even Harsha Bhogle, someone I greatly admire for his opinions, began making such statements, and talked about how we should, as a country, let Sachin play cricket as long as he wants to, and not hurry his exit. After all, Sachin has been our mainstay for years now, hasn't he?

Suddenly, two matches later, one century and a quickfire 40 later, Sachin is in "sublime form" again, and the commentators go crazy everytime he middles a ball to the boundary. On two very competitive occasions, on almost the same kind of bowling, he managed to come up with two knocks that were as good as any of his best. Today was a routine dismissal which could happen to any batsman.

Don't we, as a country, have the maturity to understand that ups and downs are part of every person's life, as they are a part of a team's? Haven't our commentators and columnists had up's and down's in life? I think it is high time our "cricketing elite" understands this simple fact, and lays off a bit, and waits for the team to realise its long term potential.

Shravan is a management student, consultant, movie critic, political critic, and so on. He lives in a suitcase, and moves from one city to another. He also writes at Comfortably numb...
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February 12, 2006
12:25 AM

This basically illustrates the desire to idolize heroes to that is applied in most spheres, not least sports.

February 12, 2006
09:03 AM

Nothing succeeds like success!!

I believe what you talk about is a global phenomenon, not just limited to india

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