19 September, 2020

Stumped For Choice

Classy names, fragile minds. Ganguly's boys stay true to script.

Stumped For Choice
Sachin Tendulkar was last out of the Indian dressing room at the Kensington Oval here. The last rites were over and done with, the Indian team had just crashed to an ignominious 10-wicket defeat to the West Indies in the third Test. Shuffling slowly down the stairs of the Gary Sobers Pavilion, he stayed behind the rest of his team-mates, head bowed as a tragic smile played itself out on his lips. Brian Lara, standing at the other end of the players' pool, watched intently. After what seemed an interminably long pause, Lara slowly walked up to the Indian star. He wrapped his left arm around Tendulkar and whispered a few words of consolation. It was a rare moment of empathy, from one great man to another.

For Tendulkar, the words of consolation from a man locked in a battle of greatness with him for the epithet of the world's best batsman possibly didn't mean much in India's moment of gloom. The latest batting debacle threw up the same contentious problems that continue to nag Indian cricket: unreliable openers, the much-hyped top order batsmen's inability to deliver when it...


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