Are the Indians Vindicated?


With Bangladesh almost certain to win against South Africa (two more wickets of SA to go at this point!), can we say that the Indians are vindicated? Seriously, I personally thought it has been a fantastic performance by the Bangladeshis. Ashraful batted brilliantly (some of his shots reminded me of Tendulkar in his heyday) and they have fielded outstandingly well. As is the case most of the time, direct hits at stumps can win games and the Bangladeshis did it with aplomb. Good luck to them and hope they go on to create more upsets. Boy! does this open up the World Cup… I am hoping this brings back some of badly needed excitement in this championship.

– Srikanth

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5 responses to “Are the Indians Vindicated?

  1. Srikanth, how can this vindicate a loss? To vindicate is to “prove correct” or “justify”. The Bangladesh win against South Africa can, at best, explain India’s loss to Bangladesh. It can also point to that loss not being a flash-in-the-pan for Bangladesh (consistency of good results is something that is often asked of the so-called minnows). It certainly does not vindicate India’s loss to Bangladesh.

    But having said that, I join you in wishing the Bangladesh team all the best. They deserve all their successes.

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  3. Sorry Professor Higgins, not this time! Per Websters, “vindicate” means, “to clear from criticism, blame, guilt etc…” Indians are certainly cleared from criticism, blame, guilt etc. in this case since Bangladesh’s wins have certainly been more than flash-in-the pans as you said. Anyway, I am glad (glad = happy, pleased) you got the drift (drift = general meaning of what is said or done).

  4. Precisely wrong good sir.

    I don’t think the Indians can be “cleared of criticism, blame or guilt”. And I don’t need to check a billion Websters to get that answer. Just feel the pulse of a billion people! The Bangladesh win, at best, explains the loss. The Indians will never be “cleared of criticism”. The team deserves every ounce of criticism they are receiving for that terrible loss.

    In my view, in general, Indians have a wierd way of either ignoring or being scared to investigate the real reasons for terrible events. Instead, we tend to ascribe all sorts of wierd reasons for any such events (fate, destiny and karma seem to be popular ones these days). Your “vindication” post triggered that fear in me — once we go down the “vindication” route, complacency would set in. The real rasons tend to be ignored.

    And so, while I did get the general drift it was the historically particular (particular = situationally and historically specific) usage, that was seemingly suggestive of a complacent brush-under-carpet deal that Indians are so great at doing.

    Hence my response.

    I am sure you get my drift. And I am confident that you will not need to reach for your favourite Webster again.

  5. Mohan,

    While I do enjoy your convoluted way of twisting facts and statements to win an argument when someone else is at the receiving end, I do not particularly feel the same when tried on me….I was certainly not recommending a complacent – brush – under the carpet type stance with respect to India’s loss to Bangladesh. Instead, it needs every bit of an investigative effort to ensure root, contributing and direct causes of such a loss can be explained. My point on vindication was merely to point out that the Bangladesh team is not a bad one after all, they played exceedingly well both against us and South Africa and certainly given credit for their victory. By placing the finger squarely on an Indian performance only belittles the wonderful performance put up by the Bangladeshis…Anyways nothing stops anyone of us from being bitterly critical of the Indian team. Talk of pulse of the nation.

    By the way, I found it pleasantly surprisingly that you of all people believes in generalization “….In my view, in general, Indians have a wierd way of either ignoring or being scared to investigate the real reasons for terrible events. Instead, we tend to ascribe all sorts of wierd reasons for any such events (fate, destiny and karma seem to be popular ones these days…..” Did I happen to touch the wrong nerve????

    I have drifted far enough….

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