May 18, 2010

ICC World Twenty20

Give the Indian players a break

Kanishkaa Balachandran

The Indian team has no official spokesperson, yet, the BCCI either gags them or instructs them to lie low. So how can they possibly speak for themselves? Many of its young players have little formal education or social skills. Even after defeat, were they all expected to hide in their rooms and mope? Kadambari Murali Wade asks these questions in the Hindustan Times.

They messed up in the Caribbean and that needs to be seriously examined in cricket- ing terms, but more often than not, especially in the last two years, the Indian team has given us much joy and lots to be proud of. We need to remember that. Here's what one India bats- man said after the team got back from the Windies. “The World Cup's seven months down the line and this has all (the over- the-top reaction) been quite scary. I'm going to send my family away during the Cup, because, God forbid we lose, someone might try and burn my house down.“ And if that happens, Indian cricket will never be the same again.

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Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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