I have a confession to make. Few months ago I said that this generation would not understand the plight of an Indian cricket fan in the 90s and late 2000s . I am here to wholeheartedly apologize and accept that I was wrong. I am convinced that after seeing the recent NZ tour and the Asia cup, this generation exactly knows how I felt back in the 90s (I can’t wipe the ironical smile off my face while typing this)
I guess it was all getting bit boring.. Dhoni taking India safely to victory.. No more heartaches.. no more losing close matches…no more cursing hopeless players. I am not sure about you but I had stopped worrying about the Indian team ( read as stopped being a fan anymore). I was just not able to relate to the Indian team for past few years. But I must admit – it feels good to experience the pain, agony, frustration all over again. I think I can be an Indian cricket fan again as this is the India cricket team I always knew !!
Lets do a quick test and you tell me if you agree
Did this team raise expectations and then disappointed?
Yes !! The 2nd test in NZ .. guess I need not say anything more
Does this team have characters which can frustrate any fan (or captain) ?
Yes !! Case in point Ishant Sharma .. enough said
Has this team perfected the art of losing close matches?
Yes !! Asia cup.. If the Sri Lanka loss did not convince you then the Pakistan one will..
Is this team over dependent on 1 single player?
May be .. Virat Kohli seems to be the new Tendulkar (oh sorry I guess it is Dhoni..but whatever)
Does this team lose to lower rank test teams abroad (read as NZ)
Yes .. oh yes !!
Does this team lose close matches to Pakistan (apart from world cup)
Does this team have a lot of overrated players?
Yes.. Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Jadeja… Take your pick !!
As a fan, do you still feel that this team can win something some day ?
Yes .. They almost made me stay awake at night for the NZ 2nd test
May be this is the lull before the storm. May be this is just a phase ( in the 90s it wasn’t) and just may be I would not have to write a post like this again. Till then, I might just become a fan of India cricket again cause this is the team I always knew !!
An Indian cricket fan from the 90s