Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cricket, Population and Nation

Right from childhood, when I watch Cricket matches, I pray for India to win. Especially major tournaments and world cups, I always wanted India to win at “any” cost. Why? Yes, you are right. It’s because I am in Indian. That’s not all. There was another reason why I always wanted India to win all matches and tournaments. What is that? Unlike any other nation, a win by India makes an incomparably huge population happy. I always used to say that India had the highest population among Cricket playing nations so India had to win. You don’t have to be intelligent to know this fact because we all know China doesn’t play Cricket. But, I always wanted to look at the exact numbers. Finally, I had some time today to look at it and come out with some great (!) conclusions. Here you go…


Australia
22,567,780
New Zealand
4,393,500
Sri Lanka
21,513,990
Pakistan
174,578,558
England
49,138,831
South Africa
49,991,300
West Indies
3,117,300
Rest of the world
325,301,259
India
1,191,000,000
All
1,516,301,259


What do you understand from the table above?
1. India has the highest population among the Cricketing nations. Known story! Go to the next point. :)
2. The total sum of all Cricketing nations’ population is much less than Indian population. Unknown story, right? Yeah! What does this mean? This means that we should be able to beat the world team any day. World team means… a team that is formed by bringing the best players from all nations!
3. Not just that – Indian population is 3.6 times bigger than the total sum of all Cricketing nations’ populations. What does this mean? It means that even the third eleven of India should be able to beat the world eleven. Is it possible today? Our third eleven may not even win Sri Lanka's third eleven!

Now tell me – Is it really worth celebrating our victories so much?

We should have produced 50 Australian teams and 380 West Indies teams. Then why are we not even able to produce one good team that can beat all these minnows (minnows in population!) "consistently"? Leave them. They are too far so they can have extraordinary skills. Let’s look at our own younger brothers. We should have produced 20 Sri Lankan teams and 7 Pakistan teams. Did we do? There was a time when Sri Lanka used to lose to Tamil Nadu team in a tournament called Gopalan Cup in Chennai. Today? Even Indian team wins them with great difficulty every time.

Leave all these. We should have at least five world class teams within India – North, South, East, West and Central zones. Each of them may have world class potential but what might be missing is the exposure to play in International arena. You just keep playing a mediocre team in international matches they will slowly get to the international standard, if they have the will. That is what happened to the Sri Lankan team, I guess. In my childhood, they were minnows like Kenya and Bangladesh now.

We should do away with Ranji Trophy matches where Sachin plays against Goa and Pondicherry teams to score triple hundreds against bowlers that can’t even quality for University teams in other states. Every time we lose an important series, we compare our lousy domestic format with Australia’s sensible six-team format. But, then again, once you start winning, problems get forgotten. I had actually written an exclusive post on these problems during the world cup time. Please check out it out in Cricket: Some Opportunities for Improvement.

Now let’s take one step backwards and look at the big picture which we don’t want to look at. We are not comfortable doing it. Is it only a problem for our performance in Cricket? I think, it’s a major problem in all walks of our life as a country. All our performances are screwed up because we deal with too many things with tooooo much people. I am not asking to split the nation but it’s worth breaking into multiple pieces for administrative purposes. At least five zones as suggested by Rajaji! Let’s be together where we have to be together. Let’s be together where we derive strength out of it. Like in military, research and all! Everything else could be decentralized. Including the corruption! Centralized looting can be loosened a bit. Let the state governments be able to do things of their interest. Why Singapore is able to achieve so much which none of the other Asian countries are able to do? It is because they have a smaller piece of land and a smaller population to manage. Why don’t we try that here as well? It may work wonders!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Same Gray


Better than me?
Can't manage!
Don't want to be the worse!

Worse than me?
Can't manage!
Don't want to be with the worse!

Keep looking for...
Those as good as me
Those as bad as me
Not better than me
Not worse than me
Same amount of black
Same amount of white
Same amount of gray

Even the few
As gray as me
Don't remain as-is
As long as too long

Even if they remain so
Either I don't let them be so
Or they don't let me be so

Somehow
Have never seen two same grays!
Every gray is unique!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Majority-Minority


You never have to demand anything
Your interests will be protected
If you are from majority

If you tell us what you want
Your interests will be protected
If you are from minority

Your noises
Will fall on deaf ears
If you are from a minority
Wearing the hat of majority

Your noises
Will fall on dead ears
If you are from a minority
So less in availability
Not even having audibility

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