20 October, 2020

Captain Wreck

A weak team, a threatened crown, poor form, mistrust. Just how long can Sachin take this?

Captain Wreck
outlookindia.com
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BEHIND the drought of victories and the doubletalk of dissension; behind the wholesale slaughter of the lambs by the selectors; behind the intrigue and intricacies of the cricket board and its patrons, sponsors and handmaidens, lies the corpse of The Great Indian Cricket Dream. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, at the ripe young age of 24, has been asked to do the honours. Circa 1997.

After an extraordinary week in which the full phalanx was on view—performance inversely proportional to promise, unabashed backstabbing by ambitious colleagues, mindless carnage by five allegedly wise men, corporate skulduggery by cola kings—and as the team readies to receive the last lashing of the year from the Lankans, the question is: will it be "India RIP"?

The confidence of a teen prodigy-turned-master blaster lies shattered by his own poor form. The authority of a presumed cricketing genius lies undermined by the sustained assaults of the selectors. And a marketeer's dreamboat lies ravaged by businessmen-bandicoots. Sachin, and the nation, would...

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