Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fourth step to redeem pride


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Becoming world champs is one thing and retaining the pride associated with it is quite another. Like what happened in 1983, after winning the world cup, we lost quite badly in next few series. This has happened with few other teams as well. But those were different times for India, as we were underdogs when we won the Cup in 1983. But in the World Cup 2011, we were among the top contenders and we lived upto the expectations. Though, the fate turned out to be similar in the second series after the Cup. It was a clean sweep for England in all the formats of the game, be it Test, ODI or T20. History repeated itself.
Now, when the England is in India after the India’s forgettable tour of England, there has been a change of fortunes for both the teams. India is standing tall in the five match series by winning first three matches in row and the fourth one in progress. This change was desperately awaited by Indians as the series is considered as the series of redemption. And it is necessary for Team India to show their mettle and wash away the blot that India’s tour of England had put on the World Champions.
Looking at the way it is going, England is going to have hard times here in India. And it’s good for India to gain the lost momentum and let England be content with the great Indian hospitality outside the cricket field.

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