Saturday, February 5, 2000  

Indian cricket
Time for stocktaking

By Abhijit Chatterjee

SOMETHING must be terribly wrong with Indian cricket these days. At home we notch up win after win, no matter how strong the opposition, series after series while abroad we are led like lambs for slaughter in match after match as has been the case in Australia. True, even in the past India have been defeated abroad but this time around in Australia India were not only defeated but overwhelmed in all departments of the game. While it is no use crying over spilt milk, drastic measures are called for if the Indian team has to get back on the rails. Cricket has become the "national game" of the country, thanks to the hype created by the electronic media and the marketing people who have helped the cricketers rake in millions.