Public memory is short and cricket followers in this country are generally creatures of emotion and not of logic. There is nothing wrong in showing emotion per se. But then these displays should be controlled and should not go over the top. Under the circumstances it is no surprise that in the wake of India's triumph in the World Cup the questions in polls follow along the expected lines. Is this the best Indian ODI team ever? Is MS Dhoni the best-ever Indian captain? Is this the greatest triumph in Indian cricket history? And not unexpectedly the majority answers in the affirmative.
In a way this kind of reaction is not surprising given the monumental achievement of winning back the World Cup after 28 years. The point to note however is that these questions are asked every time there is a memorable Indian triumph. And over the years there have been quite a few.
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