(I am most likely a minority in what I’ve got to say next, and it is likely I may get flamed for this post, but here it is anyway)
Yes. Indian cricketers have won the World cup – it is a great achievement. No doubt about that. And we as a country are proud of what our cricketers have achieved.
But I am somewhat disturbed about the amount of money that is being splurged on them. I don’t have a problem with BCCI giving 10 Million Rupees (or Rs. 1 Crore) to the players – after all they employ them. It is like a bonus for a wonderful achievement. But some of the other announcements, IMHO, is a bit much.
I don’t live in India anymore, and I don’t pay taxes over there – but if I was still living there, I wouldn’t like the money I pay as taxes to the government be splurged around to cricketers who are paid well anyway. There are surely other ways of showing our appreciation to them, don’t you think?
One can argue that you should never compare two teams from two different eras. Different rules, different opposition, different standards, etc, etc. So, it just not fair to compare the 1983 team with the current bunch. It is also not fair to pick a combined World XI from all the teams that have played – sometimes the sum is greater than the parts, as some people complement others within the team. It is fun activity, nevertheless…and I’ve seen various combined eleven or fifteen that people have propped up in the last couple of days.
I thought I’d take a slightly different approach and pick an Indian 15 from the two World cup winning teams.
But first, here is the team that won the World cup in 1983:
And the team that just the world cup is:
…And my combined XV is follows:
- Sachin Tendulkar
- Virender Sehwag
- Gautam Gambhir
- Mohinder Amarnath
- Yuvraj Singh
- Sandeep Patil/Suresh Raina
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni
- Ravi Shastri
- Kapil Dev
- Zaheer Khan
- Munaf Patel/Harbhajan Singh/Roger Binny
What is yours?