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   And, for a Saturday after the India debacle... (July 11, 1987)

And, for a Saturday after the India debacle, a few stray thoughts and a few general observation and a few points of view (all my own work):

Like a defeat in cricket is not a national calamity, it is only a personal disgrace for the team and its supporters. It is also a tragedy for all those who bought tickets for the final at prices ranging from Rs. 500 to Rs. 5000.

Like I am as sick of cricket, cricket everyday as Gavaskar says says he is. And I do not mind if I do not see another cricket match for three years… well, one year, or, at least, one month.

Like I do not think many people will turn out to see the West Indies play. After all, they have got a even worse team than India and were eliminated before the real matches started.

And the Indian players, as a penance, should play the West Indies without accepting any fees. Then, if they win, the board may pay them something.

And, one more thing. Everytime I see an Indian cricketer advertising on television, I cancel that product from my shopping list. And Bush, I think, made a mistake; all the prizes that it has been offering should have been on the condition that India emerged champions, or, at least reached the finals.

Like for the Ambanis, it has been a bad year, first with the Indian Express, then with Mr. V.P. Singh, and now with cricket. And, poor Mr. Salve, if he was still a minister the prime minister would have sacked him.

And these stray thoughts:

Like I am waiting for somebody to explain to me why Mr. Gandhi had to go out of his way to get India involved in Sri Lanka. And Bofors and Amitabh Bachchan and other matters are just small issues when compared to this great blunder that involves the shole country. And it shows the difference between an experienced statesman and politician and an innocent amateur who has been handed over the responsibility of being a prime minister.

Like, this year, the fire-crackers seems to be doing more damage after Diwali than during Diwali. And the police commissioner should realise that the more he suspends and transfers his police officers on the demands of petty mohalla politicians, the more problems he will have maintaining law and order in the city.

And, in every riot, the ring-leaders (meaning not those who cast the first stone but those who encourage them to cast the first stone) should be arrested, locked up, presented in court and tried by Justice Lentin. And this should apply to everybody, whether they are mere street goondas or union ministers.

And this final point of view:

That whoever it was that said that winning or losing does not matter, it is playing the game that matters, was talking about amateur sportsmen. For professional sportsmen, who charge thousands of rupees and bargain for more, winning does matter.

 
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