Fans burning posters of the Indian cricket team. A viciousTwitterattack on actor
Anushka Sharma. Hysterical television anchors. Now all we need is a few stones thrown at the players when they return. Then the Indian cricket fan will have shown his ugly side in full. Once the anger is spent, he will be back to cheering his favourite cricketers all over again.
There has always been a tribal intensity in the modern sports fan. The intimacy provided by TV cameras means that even the most sluggish couch potato can confidently say whether
Virat Kohlishould have gone for that hook shot or left the ball alone. Meanwhile, cricketers should also remember that they have willingly signed up for this circus: adulation and anger are the necessary yin and yang of their professional lives.
The Indian team had a commendable World Cup campaign. It did not get humiliated as the English team did. There is nothing for
M.S. Dhoniand his team to be ashamed of.