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Over confidence did India in

Surfers seem to add that India still had to learn how to play on fast tracks.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 18:59 IST

It's cricket again! We Indians are so enamoured by the game that arguments and counter arguments never seem to pale.

Naturally, when we popped the question of whether the green top was responsible for arguably one of the most humiliating defeats faced by India, a heated debate was to be expected.

No question of accepting it as just another match. Or believing that Pakistan just played better than us.

Two arguments emerged loud and clear -- fast tracks still were India's bane, irrespective of an attitudinal shift, foreign coach and all that and India were over confident facing Pakistan.

That's interesting! They seem to believe that this Indian team's got what it takes to win. But... there are miles to go before we rest on our laurels.

Okay, let's begin with the positives.

Arif from USA was of the opinion that India is indeed a good team. He reasoned, "I think India being in the best form right now had a different approach to play Pakistan. They wanted to have a psychological fight. They thought if they win this Test with an aggressive approach it would forever make the future games easy to play."

Was he in agreement with the Greg line of thought and game plan -- that experiments would continue?

Satya from Irvine, USA was in absolute agreement. He said, "It is better to last and make 40-50 runs on fast pitches than make centuries on a dead wicket."

David from Detroit, USA was hardly kind. He reprimanded Indians through and through.

"India don't know how to bat and bowl on green tops, anywhere in the world, even in our own country. Our bowlers try to bowl faster and go out of line. Our batsmen can't read the swing. So our coach needs to train the team on a green pitch in seaming conditions before any tour to Pakistan, England, New Zealand and South Africa."

Pity, one match can provoke such a response.

Pune's Nadeem Inamdar too was rather disillusioned at the dismal show put by the Indians against archrivals, Pakistan.

"India should stop playing cricket for the next 3 years and concentrate on domestic cricket. Our players are overpaid, overhyped, overestimated and overworked. They need a dose of reality," he said.

Amer Salam from Lahore, Pakistan too felt over confidence was India's undoing.

"Basically the Indian team was over confident against the pace attack of Pakistanis."

He further said, "For the one-dayers Greg Chappell should give techniques to the Indian team rather than to divert the attention to the silly allegations. He should train his team to handle Akhtar's fast bowling rather than to make allegations on the great bowler."

Delving deeper into the issue, Omar Sadiq from Virginia, USA felt, "Indians were not intimidated but became over confident and relaxed after Pathan's hat trick thinking that they can do it again in the second innings. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for Pakistan neither Pathan nor the other bowlers showed any spine to win."

Lahore's Suhail succinctly said it was batting second that let them down.

Surendra Prasad from Centerville, Ohio, USA would have none of this. A complete overhaul was the only way out. He was of the opinion that Greg Chappell and all the senior players (Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly) should be dropped and fresh blood infused into the team.

He didn't even spare Kiran More. Here's how he saw the changeover.

"Make a fresh team with a new leader. Let Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar take over as coach."

That's quite a change, Surendra!

One wondered how people would have reacted had India won!

First Published: Feb 04, 2006 18:34 IST