Cricket, they say, is a game of glorious uncertainties. Unfortunately, when it comes to Indian cricket, life is predictably certain. It was less than 3 weeks ago when India had won the T20 world cup. The excitement, ecstasy and media hype was predictable. The showering of awards and cash on the players by state governments was also predicable. Comparison of Dhoni’s mane to that of a lion’s was also something not unexpected. Comparison of Yuvraj’s sixes to the rising stock market was somewhat amusing but not inconceivable. And then Australia came to spoil the party.
Just like a twenty20 game, our delirious celebrations were fervent but short lived. The Aussies landed in India even before the Indian team had managed to take off the garlands off their necks. The rest, as they say, is, history. And boy, does history repeat itself! So after having lost the series pretty comprehensively, we still have one more match to go. Once more, like so many times before, India will be playing for pride in this last match. Ironical it is to play for pride immediately after having lost all of it!