As Indian cricket team cheers itself on its sweeping four test victory over Australia for the Border-Gavaskar trophy , questions ponder as to whether it was the much acclaimed captaincy of MS Dhoni or the sheer performance of the new comers which yielded result. Leadership is always admired in all team achievements, but it was indeed the splendid performance of youngsters like R Aswin, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Diwan and Ravindra Jadeja , which eventually resulted in this whitewash win for India. It is quite ironical to note that, whenever there is a victory there is always a successful leader but the same does not hold true in all cases of failure particularly in Indian cricket. Leadership judgements always have key words like tactical errors, or middle order failures to point fingers.
It is now time that the cricket savaged media in India give due credence to these new kids on the pitch than being pen pushers to Dhoni and Sachin. With a four test victory the media’s romance with Dhoni is justifiable but not to the halalullas they still sing for the ‘’God of cricket’’ who could hardly get double digit scores this season. It is still not late for the God to realize that a respectful retirement from Test cricket a la what he did for his One Day matches , will keep him intact in the annuls of History and with hopes of a Bharatratna kept alive .
There may be reasons for the media, the PR Managers and the endorsement gurus to tell us the God story, but it is time now for the God himself to move on by giving his baton respectfully to the new Kids who made India proud..