An Act of Treason

Written by  //  October 7, 2010  //  Sport  //  2 Comments

That match has been written about endlessly, and I am not going to add to the tonnage. What I will be writing on is the next one, in Bengaluru, for which I have passes and five days of absolutely nothing to do, thanks to the Supreme Court vacations, and which I’ll be hoping Australia win.

No, that’s not a typo. I want Australia to win the next Test and share the series 1 – 1. In these days when national pride seems to be at stake over the smallest and most trivial of things, I guess that counts as treason.

The India fan in me knows that India have never had it so good and this is the best Indian team EVER, a fact borne out by the dominance of current players in a recent All time XI. India is no. 1, on home turf and about to continue its run of being the No.1 Test team for some more time. I’ve swollen enough with pride already, but the sports fan in me wants a contest, and more importantly, a fair result.

Admit it. Australia deserved to win the last match as much as India and were denied only by someone at his very best (VVS Laxman) and someone at his very worst (Billy “Wildfinger” Bowden) apart from a little bad luck. Two inches here or there and Australia would have won this Test and we would have been starting a national campaign for the introduction of the UDRS in all matches played in India. Instead, India is 1-0 up and Australia is facing the very real prospect of two consecutive series in India without a win.

In pure cricketing terms, it has already been correctly and widely pointed out that this is not the strongest of Australian teams to tour this country, and as a recent survey showed, this is probably the strongest Indian team to take on Australia ever. For once, just once, India is not the underdog and somehow that does not sit right. To make up for it, Australia must be supported, even against India.

I’m expecting a great match, and while keeping a close eye on the proceedings on the pitch, I hope to use the much, much needed time off work to contemplate about things in life, cricket, law and otherwise and share a few musings after each match day. The point of this short series of articles is to generally reflect on cricket and life and not give you a cricinfo type “match bulletin” or the even more cringeworthy “Page 2 Fan Following“.

Hopefully it will be at least a bit entertaining and thought provoking.

Check back here for links to each days posts.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

2 Comments on "An Act of Treason"

  1. Anisha October 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm ·

    I don’t get this business about really, really deserving victories. We lost to Pakistan in THAT match and Australia has lost to us in THIS one. With loads more close shaves in between. It all evens out somewhere in the cosmos.

    But, lucky man! Enjoy the fun.

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