Sunday, December 09, 2012

Eden Gardens

Growing up in India where we had much less sports to follow than Test Cricket, Eden Gardens in Kolkata evokes special memories; the giant sporting venue where 100,000 spectators would enjoy the sublimity of Test Cricket as well as Cricket in other forms - T20 and One Day. It was that ground where the legendary Test Cricket Team of Clive Lloyd and Malcom Marshal reduced India to 90 all out and newspapers across India wrote Editorials in unprecedented dread.

That is the same ground where the fallen hero of India - Mohammad Azharuddin - scored a sublime century in the first inning, even when he had body fever of 104 degrees. And of course, that is the same ground where India's storied Test History was made when Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman scored more than 400 runs together to take Indian Batting to Stratosphere.

That is the same ground today where we witness 'corruption' of MS Dhoni - the 'morality free captain of Indian Test Team, the team of millionaires'; who goes after a poor, old but dedicated groundsman to doctor the pitch and in the end still fail miserably(Indian Test Cricket Team lost in home away series to Australia and England, both by 0-4 staggering margins. Except 2-0 Test series wins against West Indies and New Zealand each; Dhoni Test Cricketing record is 5 wins and 10 losses in last 15 Test matches.)

What has this match exposed about India is - complete inability of a nation to hold their sporting heroes accountable. IOC barring IAO is not an aberration nor Cricket is free of what alias other sports in India or Indian Society in general.  Seems like a larger national problem. 

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