New Delhi: When the hurt is not painful enough, criticisms too are not too sharp. When the shame is seethed deep though, blasting opinion form the natural corollary to defeats in sports. Either way, Indian sports including Indian cricket is better off without either - apathy on the one aloof hand and scathing, endless criticisms on the other bleeding one.
When Indian sportspersons return from lackluster performances, people at large do not raise much of a cry. When Indian cricketers taste defeats - sometimes in torrid spells, the same rise up and spare no rod in beating the team with words - written and spoken. While it can surely be attributed to the reach of Indian cricket, what can also be said with certainity is that criticism - from fans, spectators, former cricketers, analysts and even journalists - can only have an extremely limited remedial job. And what Indian sports now needs is an upheaval, not a 'burn, beat and blast' job.
That in this country, we are lacking long-term objectives has been a known fact. How else can a World Cup win followed by a long list of defeats be explained? How else can boxers being given lakhs after an Olympic medal but being made to train in shanty-like settings before, be justified? In fact, shouldn't there be set guidelines forbidding monetary rewards post wins and instead be replaced with a target-based set-up? Questions and suggestions like these can be kept streaming in a steady flow which can only help the cause rather than add to the pressure. Instead what usually happens, at least in the case of cricket here is that constructive measures dry up while critical angst floods the sporting fraternity - more popular the sport, the more intolerant the views . "Out with Sachin/Dhoni," "Stop IPL," "Bring back Aaron," "Chuck the selectors," "Kill the Board," - all of these are inherently destructive in nature but are still heard in booming tones, unabated.