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Thursday, December 18, 2003

It is one test everyone, ONE test match!

Geez!! It is unbelievable the amount of coverage and adulation this Indian teams gets when they win anything. I mean it is so rare that we actually celebrate for days together when they do something good. That is both an insult and a complement, isn't it? They won one test outside of India. Whoop-di-doo. I know its been a long time, I know there are a lot of emotions toward this. But come on declaring yourself to be capable of dethroning Australia is ridiculous. I believe Ricky "Punter" Ponting said it right when he said there is a long way to go. Believe me there is a long way to go.

I am a big fan of this new Indian team, I'll admit. However, fortunately or unfortunately I always try to stay realistic about these Indian teams. They are world-beaters on one day and kenya on the next. It is really pathetic that we are not able to find a consistent solution to this problem. India are no better than where the Pakistan is in terms of performance. Though India has better facilities and a better first-class system and a wonderful set of retired players. What seems to be the problem in finding that right set of conditions for a consistent performance? It is the $80m question that hasn't been answered and may never be.

For everyone out there. I request, no I beg to please come down to the ground. Realize the ground realities -- The team is still playing in foreign conditions and Australia are still as strong if not stronger with B. Lee coming back. Nothing is written in stone yet. I hate to bring down the optimism but it is time to be realistic again. This is not pessimism but realism. Face the facts, if Rahul "The Wall" Dravid did not play his wonder innings then India would have been defeated in under 3 days. What's to say that he will fire the next time around? What's to say Ajit "Bombay Duck" Agarkar will pick another 6 wickets? None of this is sure. If there is any further hope then this team should put its head down forget about the 2nd test and focus completely on the 3rd and 4th tests. They can still lose the series if they want to. Going into the next match India has everything to lose and Australia has a lot to gain.

There will be a new impetus to do things differently this time around in the Aussie camp. Watch out or else you'll pay dearly and come back with a lost series.

But, congratulations nevertheless!!!