Pitch or no pitch we must learn to adapt to conditions

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2003, 2:24 [IST]
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Bangalore: India's performance against Holland is bound to be the focal point of the day's discussion, in a World Cup that has thrown up something hot everyday.

It is hard to brief this subject without being critical, however at this point in time it is essential that I do not rub salt into wounds and hence would prefer to skirt on moderation.

There are quite a few skeletons dropping off the Indian cupboard at this point in time and none have me surprised.

I have always maintained that we over do when it comes to the Indian team and it is not surprising that we are being unmasked.

I do agree that down in New Zealand we were not on a fair playing field but by riding on excuses all we achieved was to dig a hole under ourselves.

Despite the severity of the pitch conditions we should have rendered ourselves accountable for not having conquered the terrain. By doing so we would have looked deeper for answers and probably stumbled on a few.

Instead we chose to mask it by tagging the pitch as not good for international cricket, just too much seam movement, we don't find pitches like this anywhere in the world, they are furiously green and words to that effect.

Today's performance is there for all to see and all to judge.

India failed to last the full 50 overs yet again and this time it was Holland and the Paarl strip was no kinetic envy.

I know this will not be the case all along. Indians are bound to score big some time or the other and that is precisely when we should not go 'ga ga' over it.

There is no two ways of the fact that the captain and the side are over rated.

I too badly want them to do well and in fact bring home the cup but that shouldn't influence our assessment of the squad.

Given India's opening show it is hard to see as to from where India can bring about a cup winning performance.

Nevertheless this team needs all of our backing and good wishes at this stage.

So I hope India will rise to the occasion against Australia and do all of us proud.


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