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Win-win situation

Forget about Sachin's 100th hundred. Let's all hold our breath for India's Test win abroad.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2012 22:39 IST

Hindustan Times

We've been dilly and dallying about Sachin Tendulkar's 100th century, but frankly the latest concern is about seeing the Indian cricket team win abroad. For seven months, the bunch of 11 players who represent the country have been - how can we put it? - unable to win. Part of the reason, we are told, is that everyone's in bad form. The problem with that kind of explanation is that 'bad form' is just another excuse for losing. Not that we know anything related to cricket, but when Sourav Ganguly says that the India team need fresh blood, we tend to agree with him in letter and spirit.

So letter, rather than spirit, first. India hasn't won a single Test match for seven months. In fact, we have lost for the seventh straight time in the last seven months. One way to correct this, of course, is for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to quickly set up a series against Canada or the Netherlands. Not only will Mr Tendulkar get over his cricketing equivalent of a bad digestive problem, but chances are high that Team India will actually strike up a win abroad if that is the case.

There is, apparently, some talk about getting some 'young blood' into the Indian team to overcome what statistics show as a losing streak. Skipper MS Dhoni has taken responsibility for the bad patch. If that was so easy, we would have understood the sheer logic of accountability. Alas, the whole Indian team has failed. The question, of course, is whether they might pull up their socks or whether we should just blame the fact that every time India plays abroad, the game of cricket changes. One believes that humiliation sometimes serves to up your game. This is the best time to prove that aphorism. Even as Test cricket seems to have got shorter thanks to the regular phenomenon of an Indian batting collapse.

First Published: Jan 16, 2012 22:37 IST

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