Saturday, February 02, 2008

Meaning and meltdown in Melbourne

By John Cheeran
Only a fool will read too much into the nine-wicket drubbing India received at the hands of Australia in the Twenty20 match in Melbourne.
But on the other hand, this loss was no ordinary defeat. If you haven’t forgotten, Indians are the World Champions of Twenty20.
So Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his stunt boys should have performed better than a bunch of clowns. They should have come up with something better than the 74 they posted.
And more vexing is the fact that Robin Uthappas, Gautam Gambhirs, Rohit Sharmas and Dinesh Karthicks could not stretch the Indian innings to 20 overs.
Captain Dhoni has improved only in his captaincy as he rightly blamed the batsmen and their irresponsible ways for the defeat.
What did Dhoni himself do?
On the current form, he should be nowhere near the Indian dressing room.
And in the end, a few of us were left wondering why Sachin Tendulkar did not make his much-awaited debut in the Twenty20s at Melbourne.

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