With the backdrop of the nation on fire over its interests, team India isn’t as it was in 2018. On top of them they have managed to find themselves in the soup over playing against Pakistan in the World Cup. This is a champions team and losing is a part of the game. That’s not the point. My views are on their spirits when on the field. There’s no doubt whatsoever over their intention to win but I feel some circumstances are leaking their intensity. Without a doubt playing in the main 11 of the country is a huge responsibility and it would need nerves of steel to cement playing spot consistently.
These are troubled times and at the need of the hour comes the legend to hold the team together. We might speculate over this ability to hit the boundary consistently at this age but when was cricket only about the boundaries? It was always about winning, just winning! And MSD has changed his gears but is still delivering as a batsmen, wicket keeper and the guardian of the team. He is the person the youngsters would look upto and get inspired. The Indian team is filled with batsmen who could hit boundaries at will but they needed someone to absorb the heat when the chips are down, analyze the situation and execute the plan. Dravid used to do this for his team very well. Often I have heard comments about the middle order not being well tested, I feel like replying everytime to them “Test all except Dhoni. He will deliver some way or other”.
I hope the team gets good enough rest post the World Cup. They have been playing too much cricket. Players with the intensity level of Kohli might wear out if they are not given the required team to let off the steam in the form of breaks. Surely the body too needs time to heal from the pressure of playing at this level. Maybe that’s when the next generation players should be put to test, putting the main players on vacation. Surely the BCCI is a management that knows how to take care of its players. We are lucky to have a pace battery in the form of Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Yadav among the top. The bowlers on the bench are not bad either.
Pandya and Jadeja provides the option of explosive batsmen, handy bowler and outstanding fielder. It is going to be interesting to see who’s going to bat at 3,4 & 5. Rohit has almost sealed his position at #1. Dhawan might face threat from KL. The new KL looks good, the intensity is back. The coffee did rush his adrenaline. Kohli’s batting position would be the key. Shastri might want to preserve him at 2nd down but as they they, you should let your best batsmen face as many deliveries as possible and he has conquered the batting world at #3. Wonder what happened to Rahane?
The excitement among the next generation players is also overwhelming. People do want to see guys like Shaw, Gill, Mavi to name a few. The IPL will definitely help the players get warmed up for the World Cup, but i pray it doesn’t burn them out.
Apparently armies of a few countries are testing this technology for combat. Imagining a sniper armed with it and is on a hunt for a high value target. More interesting thoughts on this: http://www.hyperstealth.com/Quantum-Stealth/
Lately I watched a debate between Sambit Patra and Pawan Khera on YouTube. I was told by my friends that this a treasure. The vocal of my friends got me tempted to watch it instantly, even though I was at work and this was a 40 minutes debate.
In a sentence, I didn’t like 1 thing about the debate that would sum up my overall opinion of it. Both the BJP & Congress patties kept beating around the bush then it came to responding to a few acquisitions from either side. I wanted to display my sadness on the quality of the debate by quoting a few examples but then I thought it would be a wiser sense to be politically correct and not offend anyone. Maybe, you should watch it and formulate your own opinion. Once again, both the sides were energetic when it came to launching an offensive against the other side.
Their answers weren’t answers but a slide to deflect the question to another topic and we the citizens easily got misdirected to something new without even getting the answer of something that we once thought was a genuine question raised by the opponent. But then that’s what the common men is all about. Parties come and go, we keep doing the same thing without benefitting much for the reforms that any party in power brings in.
After watching the debate, a Christian friend summed it up by saying the world is going to change and there’s going to be 1 leader of this world and he is going to be a pandit from India. Also that the future isn’t too colourful for Christians. Now obviously the rest of us asked him to give us reasons why he thought so. Sadly he couldn’t answer other than saying that the Bible has predicted so. I didn’t offend him by asking him to show the quotes and simply ended the topic with a “hmmm”.
As I said earlier about the common man, I would like to add that most of us are proactive towards ideas! Also that like many of my friends and maybe fellow citizens, I don’t know who is the party where I should place my loyalty.