Cricket India

Most of my timelines and stories were filled with congratulations pouring in for Mirabai Chanu. Remarkable achievement and every bit deserved.

What caught my eye though was this one particular congratulatory message. After heaping praises on our weightlifter, the person went on to berate the Indian cricket team accusing them of being thankless or something.

Why cricket or the cricket team had to be dragged into that congratulatory tweet aside, I argue the criticism was a bit harsh and unfair. No other sport has earned the country so much pride on the global stage as cricket has.

In every global tournament, India is the team to beat. Our team has consistently performed well across formats. Our players are committed professionals, our league the best in the world and our talent pipeline stellar.

Indian cricket and its riches are the envy of the world. I remember a time when India used to be at best a good enough team. Now India start as favourites. In every tournament. So much so that the only criticism now being that the team needs to find a way to get over the line and win major tournaments consistently.

The story of Indian cricket over the last few decades, the transformation from a competitive (barely) unit to its ascendancy as the cricketing powerhouse of the world, is one to cherish and study. I have nothing but admiration.