The defeat of the Indian team at the world cup has become a national problem. The topic has since taken the center folds of media.
Indian team could succeed to kiss the world cup only once after the cup was first hunted by the teams at Lord’s in 1975 to the recent defeat at the Queen’s Park. The team led by the one and only ‘Kapildev’ were the ones who brought the honor to the nation in 1983 june25, a history which the team couldn’t repeat after that. The team had to face defeat at various levels at all the other eight world tournaments. Though the management had let no stones unturned to bring back the prestigious cup.
But the defeat which the team had to face this time has outraged its fans all round the world to the dead end that they have taken to roads which has sent a chill down the spines of the players and the coach that they are staying away from their home towns.
The disappointment and anger of the fans are reasonable to an extend considering the manner in which a world class team like India which is ranked next only to the Australians just went out to the ground like drenched chickens and stood there hands down to be defeated in such an embarrassing way at the first level itself .
It is also natural for criticism to flow in from all corners of the society as it did. Kapildev himself described it as the ‘most embarrassing defeat’. The politicians and other chief personalities were also so frustrated that they too let no words unsaid. But does the team really deserve such a humiliating reaction?
Huge cut-outs and dummies of the players are set fire and immersed in the rivers. The houses and other personal properties of these players are attacked and destroyed. It seems a competition is going on to find out novel ways of humiliating the players. BCCI president Sharad Pawar has already said all that his tongue could say. Lalu Prasad Yadav, the railway minister has been quoted to have said that all the senior players must be thrown out. If one defeat is enough to ignore the earlier accomplishment then the Politians including Mr. Lalu would have been ploughing their fields instead of sitting in the parliament.
One of the visible proofs of a cultured society is its ability to take a game in its deserving sportsman spirit. Both success and defeat must be taken in this spirit but when seeing the way in which our society is behaving irrespective high or low-class it is realistic to doubt if Indian Cricket fans are becoming an Asian version of the notorious football rowdies who shake the galleries of the west.
If that is true, then we will have to build enough lockups. Every sport has an unexpected edge other than efficiency and expertise and that is the beauty of all sports and in cricket this surprising edge is most common. Did not the Australians lay down the arms before the Bangladesh? Did not our chess champion Vishwanath fail? Did not Roger Federer fail? It is all in the game.
If the sports were predictable or measurable in advance then why any one will sit down to watch one? A calculator will give him the end result. Kapildev, a cricket legend himself was irresponsible to core when he used the words ‘Most Embarrassing Defeat’. Can he honestly say that he never failed in his carrier or did any one expect even in their wildest dreams that the team he led would be successful at the 1983 world cup at that time?
An influential person like him should have been much more matured to keep his voice out of silly emotions. If over all development of the sport is our goal it is time we take wins and loses more practically lets not make it a matter of life or death.