When you read the reactions to India’s exit from the World Twenty20, you’re left to wonder if some of the fans deserve any better from the team that they profess to support. Sample this gem from The Times. “Dhoni took the match lightly, he adopted a casual attitude,” Arun Kumar, a young protester in Ranchi, said. “He is fascinated by the glamour world more than cricket.”
When I read that, I was beyond flabbergasted. Specimens like Arun Kumar are a damning indictment of India’s education system and also of a sensation-hungry media that often does little more than whip up mass hysteria. Pandering to the lowest-common denominator [Arun Kumar] is the name of the game for most channels.
Dhoni fascinated by the glamour world? Who knows and who cares? Took the match lightly? Quite an accusation to make about a captain who has yet to lose a Test match, and whose recent record in one-day cricket is peerless. How can these idiots even call themselves fans? What is it about the sight of a video camera and a muck-raking reporter that makes them forget to engage their brains?
Send Harbhajan Singh to Ranchi and let him give Arun Kumar a dose of what he gave Sreesanth last year. Maybe that will knock some sense into him. If there’s any fine to pay, I’ll chip in.