It has been an grueling year for the quintessential cricket fan, with India getting thrashed in the Border Gavaskar trophy and losing out in reaching the finals of both the CB series and the Asia cup thanks to the funny rules!
So what’s next post the controversial series which would be always remembered for its sensational post match mudslinging and gunfire rather than the on-field debacle. Dhoni and his men had to bear both humiliation, contempt and the wrath of the media and public. The rifts and the dissonance (read dislike) between the playmates (since there was no team) was visible. So the pelican’s brief poped some scoop where Dhoni indirectly made his intentions clear of shedding his so called white hair (Dravid, Laxman and Sachin) to get a fresher look. So the not only did Team india lose the series but also a few legends of the game as well as many test fans who would readily give away an eye to see their demi-gods bat. Sachin’s much anticipated 100th ton was waiting in abeyance. May be just his way of saying I shall hit it once the legends are gone and then probably get the lion’s share. Poor ‘Yuvraj’ almost feel for the guy who must be in pain just to see this team self-annihilate.
The chance came up at the Asia cup where the lil champ with the mightiest batting record created history (nothing new for him). His other replica (Sehwag also read as the wannabe skipper in waiting) was suspiciously dropped on grounds of some flimsy injury which only the BCCI was aware of. Slowly the year 2012 saw the match fixing news abuzz with convictions of Mohd. Amer, Salman Butt and Mohd. Asif who’s ex certainly making some big waves ;). And the revelations of other club crickteers involved in match fixing and making PAK the new betting haven.
All said and done this summer the Indian cricket fan hasn’t got anything feel that he belongs to the Nation which is the reigning world champion. There is a saying that the true character of a leader is revealed during the time of crisis, this unfortunately is cannot be said for Dhoni who ‘s been rather goofy and temperamental in handling tricky situations. Probably shows what happens when you let the mouth do the talking instead of the “Balla”. So all said this summer we shall see the ultimate showdown and the clash of the individual Titans in the IPL 2012. Whatever bantering has been now should translate into higher ticket sales especially in case of the Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super kings, mind it! If not anything else. As all the hardwork of the world cup has been undone in the overseas tours of England and Australia. Its now for the fans to see them take on each other and settle things once and for all!
But hey with the Olympics and other sports (badmintion, tennis and hockey)going great guns, the chant of “Change the Game” is getting louder. Even the sponsors have started to get the drift .
So its time we gave the other sports its due and the media to focus elsewhere. Enough of the “C” game its time to move on.