Dravid and Laxman”¦ Any team that worries about losing more than wanting the rush of a win cannot be termed a champion team © AFP
Dravid and Laxman”¦ Any team that worries about losing more than wanting the rush of a win cannot be termed a champion team © AFP

 

By Vidooshak

 

With 86 runs to get off 90 balls, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman walked off the ground. The two men were India’s most experienced batsmen. These two were responsible for putting India into winning positions and winning numerous matches for India. But on Sunday, they walked off.

 

Time was when the West Indies with Gordon Greenidge in the lead chased over 300 in a day to eventually help deliver a “Blackwash”. India chased 347 on the last day to tie a Test match. Several other such examples abound of champion teams having taken up the challenge to assert their superiority over their rivals. With this game, India has also given England a huge boost.

 

The art of percentage cricket has been mastered by India. However, the mantle of world champions, the instinct of a winner, the swagger of a better team doesn’t belong to India. Despite being world champions and the No 1 ranked team, India is a defensive, percentage cricket under-performer. They are really No 1 in an academic ranking, but not really the best team out there.

 

Going for it would have meant that India either win or draw the series. How can India and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni be satisfied with a 1-0 series win when a winnable game is given up? As far as I am concerned, India are wimps. They are world champions of series wins perhaps, but not cricket. They approach the No 1 ranking like preparing for an academic test. Sure, they have garnered the points, but they have mastered no one and nothing.

 

Sure, this behavior can be rationalized, but this team gave up its “great” tag on Sunday. It’s made up of statistically superior players, but this is a team of wimps with no heart and no pride. Any team that worries about losing more than wanting the rush of a win is not a champion team.

 

A lot of people may go home feeling happy with the series win in the West Indies, but as far as I am concerned every game needs to be won or taken to it’s logical conclusion. Giving up in the middle of a chase is a loss. India has a long way to go and needs to acquire some guts before they are respected as world champions. Today, they are not champs, they are wimps.

 

(Vidooshak is a blogger @ Opinions on Cricket . He was drawn into cricket by Golandaaz as a schoolboy. His bluster overshadows his cricketing ability. He played as a wicket-keeper in a college team but was promptly dropped. The college selection committee had slightly higher standards than Pakistani selectors. He did reasonably well in tennis ball cricket until he was benched for a final game by the team that he captained. To say some of it was due to his opinions would be an understatement of sorts. Regardless, Vidooshak finds time to opinionate relentlessly and lives a vicarious life by watching cricket teams make obvious mistakes. Good news for Vidooshak is that someone always loses a cricket game, someone always gets belted and someone always flops. Vidooshak always looks for an alternative explanation and rarely agrees with mainstream consensus. Needless to say he has no friends, only ‘tolerators’! While not throwing his weight around, Vidooshak does not run marathons or draw pictures, but reads voraciously on all topics, volunteers at local failing schools, is an avid but average golfer and runs an Indian association in mid-west America)