The Day The Mighty Indians Were Humbled By their Neighbours To The South Where There Were No Excuses For The Indians!
Posted on July 3rd, 2013

Top Spin By Suni

July 4th 2013

When Sri Lanka delivered a resounding thrashing to India in a powerhouse bonus-point victory at Sabina Park, Jamaica, the post mortems and excuses seemed ludicrous coming from various quarters including some from the commentary box as though India were the all time supreme cricket playing outfit in the world and invincible which the Lankans proved to the contrary.

 The laments were not only long drawn but at times petty as the Indians, while granting them super star status in the cricket world by virtue of the World Cup and the Champion’s Tropy do have their achilles heels to worry about as was the case today where all their big guns including the scintillating Dawan failed to fire as the Lankans made merry, deserving every accollade towards being a team not to be trifled with in case the Indians or anyone else thought they were pushovers.

 The  reason for India’s loss according to the opinions of  Messers, Lal, Dujon, Cozier et al was deemed to be the absence of M.S. Dhoni  watching disconsolately from the pavilion. The one person whom they seemed to think might have singlehandedly piloted India to victory but the fact of the matter which stoodout quite visibly in this resounding loss to Sri Lanka was that they were outplayed in every department of the game Dhoni notwithstanding. There was of course that element of bad luck that sometimes accompanies such contests, ” the guise of  a rudderless ship sans Dhoni ” as one commentator mused, hard done by the odd umpiring decisions and perhaps the wrong judgement call to field first where Kohli appeared to be the greenhorn he categorically was but all in all no excuses for the comprehensive loss.

 And if  Dhoni’s absence is really a key factor then the Indians may have a few worries to come as there seems to be a good chance he may miss the rest of it as his injury seems to be a nagging one from which he might not recover for the rest of the series according to reports from the Carribean and also hinted at in the commentary box.

 So as things stand, India’s chances of making the tri-series final  now seem daunting as they need to win both remaining matches where the West Indies have to beat Sri Lanka to avoid India needing a bonus point. It will be a testing time for the new Indian Captain Virat Kohli who needs to fill the shoes of his predecessor Dhoni equitably, perhaps a big ask but it could bring out the best in the young Indian superstar, a worthy and befitting title and in which case the rest of the series could see some razzle dazzle by the Indians. and some spirited responses from both the Sri Lankans and the Windies who seem to be in cracking form taking into account their wins, taking nothing away from the Lankans who perhaps were the underdogs against India but turned out to be top dogs as they systematically chewed up their opponents.

 Sri Lanka roared back to life after the loss to the Windies as their team put up a fine allround effort well co-ordinated by their young skipper Angelo Mathews. Put into bat by Kohli on what appeared to be a track favourable to the bowlers the Lankan opening pair of Tharanga and Jayawardena handled the Indian pace and spin attack in cool and controlled fashion alhough both were let off the hook early with dropped chances and made the Indians pay dearly for their lapses.

 Both scored fine hundreds in even time, Jayawardena in all his elegant glory and finesse and Tharanga with  all the fire power and controlled hitting where the two were poetry in motion as far as opening partnerships go this one worth over 200 runs  with all the shots in the book and some outside it. It was a dazzling display of  batting  after a somewhat tentative start complimented by Mathew’s cameo after Jayawardena’s dismissal as the Lankans posted a near record breaking ODI total of 348 for 1 which the Indians seemed never in contention to chase successfully as they folded for 161.

 Lankan Skipper Mathews showed much poise and maturity  with  his field placings and bowling changes which he handled quite brilliantly never letting the Indian batsmen take control. Opening the bowling with Nuwan Kulasekera and using Lasith Malinga “the toe crusher” in short bursts and bringing on spinners Herath and Senenayaka in tandem  he orchestrated the debacle for the powerful Indian batting lineup  quite effectively. The result seemed clinically acurate towards what might be in store for their opponents in the rest of the series if they co-ordinate as well as they did on this day when the Indians were humbled.

 

4 Responses to “The Day The Mighty Indians Were Humbled By their Neighbours To The South Where There Were No Excuses For The Indians!”

  1. dandanakkaa Says:

    When Sri Lanka lost the CL semis to India, someone wrote an article here claiming SL threw away the match to please it’s IPL masters. If you find the excuses given by Dujons and Coziers funny, I am not sure if you shared a similar feeling for that article. I find 2 things offensive from that article.
    1) One might be frustrated with his team’s loss. But never put it down with some ludicrous conspiracy theory. Be objective, be sportive and give credit where it’s due. India deserves as much respect for it’s CL win as SL for it’s win in Caribbean. If you believe cricket is clean, accept the match is won on the field rather than outside it. Otherwise don’t follow cricket at all.
    2) With one unreasonable argument that article tries to put down SL stalwarts like KS and MJ. They might be financially benefitting from IPL but to suggest that they’ll throw away a match to please their IPL masters is downright insulting to all their contribution to SL all these years. If you don’t show enough respect to your heroes, why the rest of the world will? But sadly, it seems SL cricketers are respected more outside than in their own nation. I hope that is not the case.

  2. Christie Says:

    Forget others, let us enjoy thrashing India like we did by wiping out the Indian terrorist outfit.

  3. Sunil Mahattaya Says:

    Has dandanakkaa got some wires crossed here?
    I’m sure those who read this item appreciated it for the content relating to how the mighty Indians were humbled.The names of Messers Dujon and Cozier were cited because of their pro Indian comments and making the Indians sound like a bunch of demi-gods where Arun Lal being an Indian might be excused from some of his comments.The KS and MJ scenario was from another item not written by this writer so its best than any related issues are taken up with that person as their related relevances have little or nothing to to with what this item is trying to focus upon.
    There are no lectures needed about how to appreciate the Lankans, its a foregone conclusion.
    And excuse me!! it was not an Indian terrorist outfit that was wiped out it was the Tamil Tigers who were Sri Lankan and of South Indian origin even parochially.
    Thank you!

  4. dandanakkaa Says:

    While you can enjoy SL’s win or rather how the mighty Indians were humbled, I was trying to highlight the hypocrisy in the tone of articles (not against any particular author) and responses to them concerning results of a Ind-SL cricket match. The articles suggest that if SL beats India it is only due to it’s talent and if India beats SL it’s due to SL players throwing away game to please their IPL masters. In that case India might start play their B or C teams against SL, as SL will anyway throw the match to please their IPL masters. If this argument sounds absurd to you, I felt the same when I was reading that article. Again, it’s not a grouse against any particular author. Atleast, if I had seen someone making rational response to that article pointing out the absurdity, I would have felt objectivity is not totally lost in this site. Still if the hypocrisy is lost on you, then I can only say that the anti-India hate is masking your reason.
    You may have your personal/political grouse against India. But please do not extend it to sports and fill it with poison. Be sportive and give credit where it’s due, or atleast do not abuse them.

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