India U-19: Stars in the Making or Flashes in the Pan?

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India U-19: Stars in the Making or Flashes in the Pan?

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hile watching the wanton destruction on display, as India’s U-19 cricket squad pummelled Pakistan in the semi-finals of the ongoing U-19 Cricket World Cup, I was reminded of the summer of 1976. A hapless Tony Greig, unaware of the whitewashing to come, gave the greatest motivational speech of the century. He casually brushed aside a West Indian outfit saying that the English would make them “grovel”. When it came time to play, the spectres of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, and Colin Croft would have English batsmen fearing for their lives as they smelled the leather right under their noses.

Such epochal events happen once every decade or so and redefine the way the game is played and observed. These vagaries make sport an ever-evolving art.

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