I have been a professional cricket journalist for 40 years taking pride in writing about and analyzing various aspects of the favourite game in the country by far. Suddenly, writing on cricket has faded into triviality. In the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attack a cricket-crazy nation has been numbed into silence.
Hopefully, cricket will now not be regarded as a war or a disease or an addictive but just a game. Hopefully, the cricket mad followers while continuing to display enthusiasm will from now on be more controlled in their behaviour. For a start slogans like 'Cricket is religion, Sachin is God' can be dispensed with.
Indeed, suddenly it seems impertinent to think of cricket, or any sport at all. Life, brutal, bloodstained, uncertain life, the very lottery of everyday life often shows up sport for what it really is: a trivial pursuit of hardly any consequence in the larger scheme of things. And should the England players choose not to return to fulfil the two TestRead More »from Indian cricket faces a new reality