India's England debacle: Blame it on the World Cup

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 13:06 [IST]
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WC win caused India's England debacle

Bangalore, Aug 23: India has been whitewashed in its four-match Test series against England. Alright. True the players could not perform in accordance to their credentials. Agreed that England planned and executed much better than the Indians did. But it seems there is more to the loss than what meets the eye - the World Cup win. Hypothetical, it may sound but that surely appears to be a reason when observed in retrospect.

For those wandering, what the fuss is all about, look back to 1983 - the first time India ever won a cricket World Cup. Kapil's Devils beat West Indies by 43 runs to cause the most improbable upset ever in cricketing history. But what followed that is somewhat similar to what we have seen in England.

West Indies smarting from their defeat to India in the World Cup finals, hammered them to cruise to a 3-0 win in the five match Test series played in the latter's won country. Same happened in the one-day series between India and Australia that followed the former's first T20 World Cup victory in 2007.

Australia crushed India 4-2 in the seven match series that again was played in India.

It has now happened after India's 2011 World Cup win and this time, the margin is even more humiliating - a 4-0 whitewash.

At the onset it might appear to be a jinx that follows India's every succesful World Cup campaign. But to observe it from a closer perspective, it might be something more rationale. And that is a sense of satisfaction that comes out after such a intense and energy sapping tournament.

One can argue that why has that not been the case with any other team that has won the World Cup. The fact is that we Indians often tend to relax after attaining a summit and wake up to realisation only when we are hit hard. Probably this is what happened to Dhoni's boys and hopefully that has hurt them enough to inflict a similar humiliation on England in the upcoming T20 and ODI series.

OneIndia Cricket

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