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Kolkata shocked to silence, critics bitter

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2007, 13:16 [IST]
 
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Kolkata, Mar 24: Stunned to a silence, Kolkata remained mute to India's &13;shocking defeat at athe hands of Sri Lanka even as sharp reactions started &13;pouring in from former Players.

Kolkata wore a deserted look with torn &13;posters of Indian stars in every nook and corner of the city, bearing witness to &13;silent frustrations that brewed within the city.

Meanwhile, former &13;national selector and Test cricketer Sambaran Banerjee told UNI, ''It is a black &13;day for Indian cricket. The fact that we did not qualify for the Super Eight is &13;simply unexpectable.'' ''This is not the time to blame anyone but to sit &13;together and think about putting the game back on tracks. We have not been &13;judicious while selecting the team players,'' Mr Sambaran said.

Another &13;former Test cricketer and national selector Ashok Malhotra was more scathing in &13;his comments. ''There is something terribly wrong with Indian cricket. Nothing &13;has gone right starting from planning, coaching and captaincy. we need to &13;reassess fast.'' ''It is best that the Indian management thought more about &13;Indian cricket than just issuing orders'', he said.

The Former national &13;Selector said, ''There was a huge difference in body language. India never &13;looked like the Team that could win. I think that made a huge difference. Sri &13;Lanka was better than us in batting, bowling and fielding.'' He said that it was &13;time ''players like Ranadeb Bose and Manoj Tiwari be given a chance.'' Reacting &13;to team India's Loss, Ranadeb told UNI, ''I am really sad that India lost. I &13;think the turning point of the match was Virender Sehwag's dissmissal. &13;Muralitharan, once again proved to be the difference between the two sdes. but I &13;am sure the Team will rebuild once again from here.

However, there was &13;no visible reaction from the city dwellers.

Somyodipto Choudhury, a &13;college student said, ''After the Bangladesh debacle this was not surprising. &13;This is very frustrating.'' Swarup Saha, an IT professional said, ''This is &13;really sad. I was expecting India to turn around after the Bangladesh disaster. &13;There is no point blaming. We just played poor cricket.''

UNI

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