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Rhythm For Our Blues

Team India deserves the accolades, but crucial work awaits attention at the nation’s cricketing vitals

Rhythm For Our Blues
PTI
Rhythm For Our Blues
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You place 11 men before a billion and order them to decimate the opposition. There would be nightly inquisition and men deemed to have made a mistake burnt at the stake. Grown-up men would fast for their success, or lead mobs to burn their effigies if they lost. Seemingly gods, they’d be used by advertisers to hawk a thousand products to the real god, the consumer. That’s what the Indian cricket team has gone through over the past five weeks of the World Cup. Tongues clucked over their bowling attack and fragile fielding. Batting was their great strength, but collapses in four matches in the group stage were seen as national tragedy, an ominous sign of things to come.

Yet, three days before the final, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was uprooting the stumps after India defeated Pakistan at Mohali. He was calm, unruffled, unhurried. Dhoni had been talking about “peaking at the right time”, and they did just that against Australia in the quarter-final. They fielded like devils,...

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