Bangalore: It was very heartening to see senior Indian cricketers following the progress of the Olympic contingent. You could observe it, courtesy Twitter. Yuvraj Singh, in particular, has been on the ball. Among those in action in the One-Day International series in Sri Lanka, Suresh Raina has kept an eye out. Sachin Tendulkar, who is of course on a break, has too.
Speaking of cricket and the Olympics, following the exploits of the Indian boxing team in London reminded me in an odd sort of way of Indian cricket. No, not the hard-punching, gritty stuff some of the fighters have dished out to their opponents - whether in a winning cause or otherwise - but the picture of persecution we as a nation tend to present. Is it our inferiority complex at being by and large a sport-poor nation? Or is it the angry outrage of a victim of bias? I don't know. I empathise only too well with fans that want India to do well and find it tough to digest the fact that, more than occasionally, they will be left disappointed. But perhaps we overdo the patriotism, nay jingoism, in these parts?
The presence of eight Indian boxers at the London Olympics had made this boxing fanatic really, really happy. And, just like most others who can tell a point punch from a non-point punch, I was deeply upset when young Sumit Sangwan was robbed of a first-round win and, worse, the Indian protest was chucked out. To me it was, and still is, outrageous.