Cricket in India has the largest fan-following than any other sport. It is a surprise for a few as the Hockey being the National Sport is no longer respected as the same. Also, the huge amount of money involved in the Game of Cricket and, must say, the quality of Cricket over the last couple of years have attracted many. Indian Cricket Team have played fabulously well in the last couple of years. The Team became No.1 in Tests, won the ICC World Cup 2011 and many said that Test cricket had got the revival because of the Indian Team, especially, Indian Giants Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman playing some real good cricket. It was because of the collective efforts of the Team India that they became No.1.
But, they weren't able to enjoy the No.1 spot for long as the tour of England ruined all the good work team did to achieve it. Only 'THE WALL', that is Rahul Dravid, remained impervious and the rest of the batsmen fell like a pack of cards. Their misery continued in the One-Day Series as well. They weren't able to win even a single game on the England tour and definitely, it didn't helped their confidence. Then England came to India and all started going well for the Indian Team. The big guns started to fire again. The team started winning again and everything seemed normal till the completion of the West Indies Tour of India which the team won comprehensively.
So, this asserts the title which I have given to my post, that is, the Indian Team is a tough competitor at home, but, not outside! What happened in England is again happening in Australia. The team played two practice matches as compared to the one played in England just to give themselves more time to get used to the conditions, but the results of all this is in front of us; a 2-0 against them in the first two tests. This time only Tendulkar is making the runs and the rest of the batsmen get so indulged in his batting that they lose their chance to bat longer! Jokes apart, the players are not applying themselves there. Before the tour, many former cricketers and experts said that this is the beat chance Indian Team has to win a test series Down Under, which they haven't done so far.
The Australian veterans Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey will be thanking the Indian Bowlers and the captain MS Dhoni's defensive tactics to get them back in form. Even their bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle will be thanking so called 'tired' Indian Batting lineup. The team has helped the English Players as well to get back in form in the test series in England, where Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara performed exceptionally well. What the team is lacking today is the confidence and their belief to perform well on foreign soil. Must say, Sourav Ganguly seeded this belief in the players, but, Dhoni hasn't been able to continue that streak.
The 100th 100 of the master is taking too long to come and if it happen in the test in Perth, the team moral will get a hike and, for sure, the overall team performance will increase. Hope all goes well for the team in the upcoming ODI Series and the remaining two test matches. If the some of the team members start taking their batting more seriously than their 'MIDDLE FINGER', surely, the team can make the 2-0 (against them) 2-2 or more realistically, will give a fight to the OZs.
I used the middle finger in the context of Virat Kohli showing it to the crowd present at the SCG. He justified his act on his twitter account after a day of his 'Finger Show' saying, "I agree cricketers don't have to retaliate. What when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister. the worst I've heard." To which the English Batsman Kevin Pietersen replied, tweeting, "ha ha ha ha ha!!! Welcome to Australia buddy!!"