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It will be minomer to call the Indian Cricket team a juggernaut, but it will now be hard to stop the media juggernaut from creating a hype about the Indian victory Down Under. India won the Tri-Series finals against Australia for the first time in 23 years and the media is gushing with hyperbole as to how India has triumphed against the might and sleight of Australia.

To top it the BCCI has awarded close to a crore to the cricketers. Compare this to the 15 lakhs that was offered to the under 19 team which won the World Cup and compare this to what the hockey and other players get through the year. Will they now fine the players a crore if they exit the next world cup as ignominiously as they did this time?

Definitely the cricketers are a pampered lot and its high time the BCCI was audited. Every Pawar, Laloo and Dalmia wants a piece of the BCCI cake. Why would they not with Shah Rukh and Ambanis and the other corporates willing to offer millions to buy cricketers.

One only hopes that the players are able to remain level headed and don’t overboard. Going by history that is unlikely to happen. Victory does get into the head of the players in a big way. Victory is a great booster. But our players seem to get boosted out of this world. They get into their own world leading to disaster on this world. They tend to lose the next set of matches very badly. And then when they get brick-bats from everywhere they wake up.

That last bit sounds very Indian.

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How easily we go gaga over cricket. One match won and our media goes raving about the supremacy of our team. No doubt beating Australia is a big task, but the fact that beating Australia, being such a big deal, is a clear pointer to who is the better team.

When we reach a stage when the world considers it a big deal to beat Indians, thats the day we can declare ourselves to be supreme. till then our chest beating is just a chauvinstic gesture, at the least, or a means for promoting readership/viewership for the media.

Read any of the newspapers yesterday and invariably India beating Australia in the first of the finals has been made a big deal and that as the first page news. Some like the Free Press even went on to claim that Little Wimp (Bajji) has had the last laugh. It is not doubt a catch, jingoistic headline, but they have forgotten that this is just the first match, there are two more matches to go before knowing who has the last laugh and the Australians are known to claw their way back from more precarious situations. They should have waited for the outcome of the final and then given the headline and then it would have made more sense.

Sometimes it is better to speak with your bat or ball than with your mouth and its high time our media learnt that.

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