After going through a roller coaster ride spanning full five days, Team India attained the consolation of drawing the match. But not much is there to say in terms of a bright future for team India.

Whatever consolation one gives, the very fact remains that we the Indians are already projecting team India as a strong contender of the next world cup. We always tend to overestimate the real strength of our team. Out of emotion and sentimental attachment, we deliberately overlook the very fact that our administrators have failed miserably in generating world class pace bowlers, despite the fact that ours is world’s richest cricket control body.

It is really a very painful situation for millions of the Indian fans that we fail to plan and plan to fail. We struggle at making a fully balanced team capable of striking on any given track.

Perhaps events like the IPL have made us forget how to put in the sweat and toil needed to become an impressive bowler – especially a pacer. In the IPL, our boys get attractive remuneration within a short span of 50-55 days. Also, it is really not understood as to why we have not taken any step to find a suitable replacement for Joe Dawes, our versatile but ineffective bowling coach.

Also, it is not understood as to why a few chosen upcoming bowlers like Sandeep Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah cannot be provided a chance in any of the county teams of England so as to enable them to get used to of the conditions out there.

Another area of concern for one and all is acute shortage of a capable all rounder. In the era of today’s competitive cricket, most of the teams rely on the timely services of their talented all rounders. South Africa have got Ryan McLaren, England have Stuart Broad, Australia have Shane Watson, West Indies have Dwayne Bravo and Pakistan have got Shahid Afridi. But India does not have a dependable all rounder.

Fitness is another issue with team India. Seldom does one come across any match wherein a few catches are not dropped. Even the running between the wickets in most of the cases has not been ideal. We usually fail to convert ones into twos and twos into threes. Also, our fielding in terms of saving the boundaries is not beyond question. These small but vital elements contribute a lot in deciding the fate of any given match.

Most of the fans feel that unless a through change is implemented by employing a suitable fielding and bowling coach, we will surely lose the stronghold in terms of its global presence.

It is not possible to produce likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid or Anil Kumble so easily but then the die hard fans in this cricket mad country are not ready to see the downfall of cricket. A whole lot of people have already stopped following cricket after 14th November 2013 – the day Sachin said a final good bye. Hope BCCI is listening.   

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