Gusty cold wind is propelling. My surroundings look gorgeous and colourful than ever. Everybody set for a day long vacation on this pleasant day here in Kolkata. The morning is dedicated to visiting church, chapel and picnic. The entire world is celebrating Merry Chrismas to bring prosperity to them. Children are getting the best gift from their parents. So being a fan Indian cricket team, I have huge expectation from Santa Claus. On the day of Merry Christmas, I give him my wish list of five.
Here are my wish list – Five things:
1) Want the Asia Cup and World T20 title
The new year 2016 will comprise of big bang tournaments like Asia Cup T20 in Bangladesh and ICC World T20 at home. India had last time won the Asia Cup in 2010 and the World T20 in 2007. So, this year the Asia Cup will be the first thing I want India to win. In the World Cup 2015, India lost to a better team Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground. In Bangladesh, India will face a tough challenge from host Bangladesh, and two Asian giants Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
So, the platform will be great for preparing for World T20 in the next month. If India wins the Asia Cup surpassing the challenge they will emerge as a favourite in the World T20. India is in the group of death along with Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan. So, for India, it will be an uphill task. But, if India beat New Zealand on their opening game on March 15 they will get a good rhythm in the tournament and a victory against Pakistan in the next game on March 19 will overdo their all challenges in the tournament.
2) Genuine fast bowler
The India team lack a genuine fast bowler, who will perform consistently. The current bowling department is good. But, sometimes they lost their line and length while bowling fast unlike the Australian, New Zealand and South African bowlers. Traditionally Indian bowlers rely on the swing after bowling fast initially. We have Umesh Yadav, who is notoriously inconsistent. He can bowl 150kmph consistently, but sometimes he bowls with without imagination, as a result, he goes expensive.
Indian fast bowler also prone to injury. We got the talented block like Ashish Nehra, who bowled fire in the 2003 World Cup. He clocked 149 kmph. But, is the probably the bowler who utilised the popping crease the best. But, profoundly talented bowler, who can swing the in the air, lost his career to the plethora of injuries. So, this year I would like to see a genuine fast bowler who will shine in world cricket for years.
3) MS Dhoni to come back in his mojo
MS Dhoni has not been his best form in this year. The limited over captain lost the world cup semi-final, and then lost to Bangladesh and finally to South Africa at home. His toiling hard innings at Indore won India a match. But, to be honest, he was not his best form. So, in the new year 2016 during the five-match ODI and three matches T20 series in Australia, I prayed he should back in his destructive from for the good of Indian cricket. Dhoni’s form will be crucial at the middle order during the T20 and World T20.
Currently, India doesn’t have wicketkeeper-batsman of Dhoni’s calibre. India needs Dhoni for few more years until young talent rises through the ranks.
4) Virat Kohli should temper down on the cricket field
The current Indian Test team lead by Virat Kohli has won two back to back Test series. Kohli has become the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Sri Lanka after 22 years. His team also humbled South Africa and stopped the visitor’s invincible away series record since 2004. But, he should have control excessive emotion on the field.
He should show more maturity in challenging situations. While celebrating a valuable wicket, he should stop using his special Hindi metaphor MC-BC.
5) India v Pakistan series should resume
It is part of cricketing folklore in the Indian subcontinent. The bilateral series should continue. Cricket can be a bridge between the two countries diplomatic relation. Pakistan itself suffered a lot due to terrorism, so the series should not be stopped due to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack.
Pakistan Cricket Board will suffer millions of the dollar as the series finally did not happen after a year of negotiation. Thes series was to happen in Sri Lanka in December but nationalist Indian fans opposed the series and an afraid BJP government did not give his approval to the series. In 2003/04 when former Primer Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee approved India’s tour of Pakistan after 14 years of cricket stalemate, BJP lost the next general election. So, this time, again BJP did not repeat the same mistake.
But, the thing is that India-Pakistan series is the most profitable series in the world. It should be continued for the sake for cricket, politics of opportunism and token nationalism should be stopped and the Indo-Pak series should happen this year.
Nobody protested when India hosted Pakistan in 2012 for a short series. But, in 2015 why people are protesting is not convincing.