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Why it's good India lost the No. 1 ranking

Eight reasons we should all be happy with the shift at the top of the rankings

Samantha Pendergrast

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India's dethroning as the World No. 1 hits the front pages back home, August 14, 2011
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Firstly, it's a good thing for the Indian players. Defeats, especially massively embarrassing ones like this one, create discord in the dressing room. This is good, as watching any reality show will tell you. Discord leads to anger, hurt and vindictiveness, which spur sportsmen to do better (which is why Greg Chappell is the real architect of India's success). England, with their nicknames ending in "y", "daddy hundreds", and man love are already on the path to self-destruction. They just don't know it yet.

The IPL is copping a lot of blame for India's poor performance. Blaming the IPL is fun. Fun is good. Hence the loss is good*.

You know how Indian fans are always carping about people hating them because they are jealous of them? Well, it's true. We do hate them. And yes, we are jealous of them. Who wouldn't envy someone who pays to keep the game alive and gets squat in return? We feel envy, admiration, inspiration, affection and respect for these fans. But most of all we feel a whole lot of schadenfreude sloshing about inside us when we see them miserable, tying up bundles of old newspapers to get their effigies burning efficiently when their team fails. For that German emotion, it's worth seeing India fall from the top of the rankings. Though don't worry, England haters - and given it's a colonial game, there should be plenty - your time too shall come.

Really, India fans, this defeat is for your own good. Supporting a sports team is an exhausting job, whether they win or lose. But it's only rewarding if your team is not a champion. After all what contributions can fans claim to have made to a team of invincibles? Look at Australian fans these days. True, they can't be smug or throw their weight about, but they can be sure their emotional investments are now of some value.

At ICC conferences, Indian board officials may think twice before sending back the soup because it's a bit runny. Of course, the BCCI cannot be humbled, because you need to have soul for that, but we'll take what we can get.

The Indian media will be relieved . Good news isn't news. A disaster is news. India are a disaster right now, and hence newsworthy. Former players will be chuffed. They'll be needed again, to slam the team and talk about how things were so much better in their day.

Everyone can go back to worrying about the most important thing: Sachin Tendulkar's 100th hundred.

Pakistan can feel happy that they aren't the only screw-ups in the subcontinent.

* A similar theory applies to modern-day news reporting: media makes money when people follow news. Money is good. Therefore following people is good.

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Comments: 54 
Posted by   on (August 24, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

I think there is some problem with the indian fans and they dun want to be realistic. Indian team was defeated comprehensively with heavy margins, tht u wodnt hav seen in recent history. Then how come india deserved to be number one they shodnt be in the first five with these defeats at their hands. Be realistic and practical. Love this article.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

"Of course, the BCCI cannot be humbled, because you need to have soul for that." Awesome take! However, given the traffic chaos in India... Most city dwellers believe there is no "use" of the soul and have put it on deep freeze!

Posted by mritunjai on (August 23, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

Making comments on players is still fine, but making fun of Indian people....this article is just too much in bad taste...

Posted by bhaloniaz on (August 23, 2011, 4:27 GMT)

Simply love this article. Its funny many r missing the humor part of it.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

You are hilarious. This is hilarious. This makes me feel so much better.

Posted by taniap on (August 23, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

Didn't Tendulkar reach his 100th hundred already? Or was it the 50th fifty? or was it the 10th ten?... ahhhhh.... I'll leave it to stats guru!

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 2:42 GMT)

Why it's good India lost the No. 3 ranking in ODI's :)

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 0:17 GMT)

this article is an absolute joke!

Posted by Shan156 on (August 22, 2011, 22:28 GMT)

@stevieboy74, I was considering low points only since 2000. It would be an arduous task if I have to pick one since I have been following cricket:-) Of course, the 0-5 thumping down under was straight out of a classic horror movie but at least I derive some solace from the fact that we were soundly beaten by arguably one of the best teams ever. But, in Jamaica, we were a shambles. The KP-Moores saga left a bitter taste and England were still reeling under it. But to be bowled out for 51 against Taylor, Edwards and Benn, even considering a minefield of a pitch, still takes some doing. At that time, it felt like we couldn't sink further and so it proved. It sparked a renaissance and the team has come a long way and are now deservedly #1. Long may it continue.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 21:51 GMT)

england struglng in last few yearz but now become no.1. Its phase of joy. India teams dresing rum may b some politics. Why dhoni always take credit? :-) somethng going wrng :)

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