After yesterday’s atrocious post 40th over performance ,the Indian team has not only snatched the sobriquet of chokers from the South Africans but also laid strong claim to the tag of jokers.
The World cup is now at a pre quarter stage and there is a real possibility that team India will struggle to reach the Quarter Finals if their recent performances are any indicator.
India laboured to victories over supposed minnows Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands.Against stronger opposition like England it was unable to defend a score of 338 resulting in a tie and yesterday against S Africa the world’s strongest batting line up collapsed from 267 for 1 wicket to 296 all out and subsequently lost the match by two wickets.
Apart from couple of scintillating performances from Tendulkar, Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh the Indian team has looked very ordinary and pedestrian.
Leading these motley group of foot soldiers is their foot in the mouth skipper Dhoni who at every given opportunity publicly criticises all his team mates be it for their bowling, fielding or batting,quite forgetting the fact that a team is as good as its leader.And Dhoni has been found wanting in his twin role of a leader and a batsman-wicket keeper
It is this deficit of leadership that has seen India’s performance lack consistency, ebbing and rising so alarmingly in this World Cup.
A mediocre spinner like Piyush Chawla is chosen and persisted while a proven T20 tweaker like Ashwin is consistently ignored.
While teams like England instantly flew in replacements for match winners like Kevin Peterson and Stuart Broad and Australia flew in Mike Hussey , India continues to carry stragglers like Nehra and Shreesanth both of whom are clearly unfit.
And instead of standing by his team after a difficult day on the field ,the Indian skipper these days goes out of his way to hurl post match criticism on his colleagues which is surely demoralising.
Before the start of this World cup,Indian skipper Dhoni and some key players had made grand statements about winning this World Cup for the Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar now playing in his record equalling sixth and most probably last World Cup.However their on field performances have completely belied this statement and it looks like the greatest cricketer of our time will retire without a World cup trophy to his name.