India have started their World Cup campaign with impressive back-to-back victories against arch rivals Pakistan and South Africa, one of the favourites to win the title.
Based on the early results, some have started having visions of Dhoni lifting the World Cup again, glistening under the lights of the MCG. It’s premature and preposterous.
Being an ardent Indian fan, I want the Cup back on our soil. But it’s way too early to pop the champagne or munch on chilli chicken (before the are hatched). Hunooz Dilli door ast (Delhi is a long way off).
As goes the clichéd Bollywood lawyer dialogue in a court scene, “Yeh point note kiya jaaye, your honour”, these points need to be noted.
Firstly, our champion batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan do not score a century in every match. Lack of consistency in batting is not yet a thing of the past, even after the successive 300 plus scores.
Secondly, our bowling attack is at best mediocre, in spite of our recent victories. Consistency, or rather lack of it, is still a factor. Not all of our bowling woes have been ironed out.
Thirdly, many have written off the English team. Do not forget that not so long back, they beat us Down Under. That doesn’t mean they will defeat us again. They are a potential QF opponent as are Sri Lanka.
Lastly, one swallow does not make a summer. Peaking too early and mounting expectations are bad for the sporting health of a nation.
Jeez, it’s only a couple of bad overs that can always lead the opposition to gloat “gotcha”.
Well begun may be half done, but can be fully undone. Ask the teams from West Indies (1983), India and Pakistan (1987), New Zealand (1992), South Africa (1999) and many more.
The final on March 29 is a fair distance away. Many ships would have ventured in and out of the Sydney Harbour by then. Anything can happen between now and then. I am optimistic, but very, very cautiously optimistic.
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