Too much of praise can be one's undoing

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2000, 20:00 [IST]
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Bangalore: Just about everybody seems to be cashing-in on Yuvraj's sensational debut. Nothing wrong about writing songs of praise for he did make a sensational debut but don't give him the sky, not as yet and this is in the best interest of the country. A young man has just displayed that he has got it in him to take on the best and by cashing too much on his new-found popularity, we have begun the process of undoing all the good that he might have in store for India. Yes, we do have to give him credit, but not in a way from where it will be more of a burden for him to perform than a delight. Our focus should be on India and not any individual.

We have an overbearing tendency to raise individuals to a demi-God status and forget all about what really should be the focal point - the good of Indian cricket team. While the need not to take instant success to the sky is true the converse also holds good. Just as easily as we take such performers to the skies, we bring them crashing to the ground. We need to concentrate our energies on healthy coverage wherein a balance is struck between praise and criticism. Just as much as the players have a big role to play in India's cricketing fortunes, the media has an equally important responsibility. Healthy coverage will go a long way in doing India's prospects a world of good.

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