I can’t help but wonder if India was battling partly unexpected local demons. I think there was a conspiracy possibly lead by the CAB to nail the Indian team, not to mention the strong backing of all and sundry from Kolkata (local filmstars, politicians and the crowds at large).
First, there was a green pitch at the Eden Gardens. The kind that suits the SA and the kiss of death for the Indian team. Who in their right mind would recommend such a pitch?
Then, you have the scoreboard publicizing Ganguly performance in some third-rate Ranji match.
“In the meantime India were skittled to 188 and the giant screen showed a Ranji update of Sourav’s 159 in Bengal’s 378. The crowd erupted in a rapture to hail the all-round comeback of Sourav.” — what was the need for this? All round comeback in some Ranji trophy match after dismal failures for over two years at the international level. Gimme a break!
Last but not the least, the Kolkata crowd was supporting SA and booing the home team! The Kolkata crowds need to grow up! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Ganguly has been a dismal failure with the bat for over two years. Its impossible to argue that there is way too much talent knocking on the doors of Indian cricket to keep carrying “player baggage” simply based on past performance. Its one thing to support the local stars, but its quite another to not be objective and look at the facts and boo players who have earned their spots in the team.
Another one of those behind the scenes maneuvers orchestrated by the bigwigs in India’s cricketing establishment?