Playing for India is a privilege and not a right

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 06:18 hrs

Irrespective of the result of the T20 matches, India has to look to not just beat Pakistan in the 50 overs series, but to do it in such a manner that they are ready to take on the English team with loads of confidence when they return after the X’mas break to play a ODI series. It won’t be easy unless some brave action is taken to get players in the squad, who are hungry for success. 

The perception that some players are taking their places in the squad for granted gets stronger every day and that is not a good sign. What is also disturbing is that this supposedly fitter team than yesteryear teams has got guys who are gasping for breath after taking a couple of runs in the early overs and in what is supposed to be the cooler winter time in India, and not the hot summers. 

It is this that is turning to be the main difference between the teams that India plays. The opposition is generally more athletic than the Indians and seem to try that little bit more going for the extra run or diving and throwing themselves in the field to stop the additional run being conceded. 

For sure in skipper Dhoni, Raina, Kohli, Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, India has some of the nimblest feet on the field, yet there seems to be an air of lethargy which is hard to understand. Playing for India is a privilege and not a right, no matter what the previous performances are and every game has to be played as if it’s the last and every ball faced by a batsman and bowled by a bowler should be like his first. 

It is only when such an attitude comes through would you get to see the effort level that leaves the supporter feel good despite the team not winning.

Winning and losing is part of sport and there is no team that can claim the right to win each game. It is when the effort is not as good as it should
be that the supporter gets upset. India still continue to conserve their energies before the start of the game by hardly practicing the skill sets that has got them the honour of playing for the country. On the other had the opposition goes through quite an intensive workout before taking a

The Indians keep taking breathers and the practice sessions are so listless, it makes you wonder why they are bothered about it at all. Why not just go out and play the game instead of the pretence of a warm up. Things have improved marginally after the shocking loss to England, but not
enough for an international side.

There is talent aplenty, no question about that, but the total full on commitment is not always there and that is a real disappointment.

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