George Bernard Shaw once said, “Cricket is a game played by 22 fools and followed by 22,000 fools” . If we consider the case of India, this number is not limited to 22,000 but extends to millions.
India has given birth to great cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri , Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and now the likes of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj singh. They are applauded, worshipped and loved by the people when they bring back home trophies. They are ridiculed, their families are attacked with stones and houses smeared black when they lose. I do not remember a day when the same bunch of people who ridicule our cricketers were pelting stones or burning the effigy of a terrorist who attacked Mumbai, Delhi or the parliament of India. May be for them the game of cricket is much more important than the lives lost in terrorist attack.
Essentially Sports brings you top 10 emotional defeats of Indian Cricket Team:
10. Adelaide Test 2014: India vs. Australia
Another Indian batting collapse rendered a test match loss which led the Aussies to a 1-0 series lead. The test match which had no future and seemed to end in a draw suddenly took a turn. The Man of the match, Nathan Lyon took a 12 wicket haul and India lost their last eight wickets for a mere 73 runs. Vijay was out in his 90’s jinx again while Virat slammed his second century in his debut test match as captain.
It was test cricket at its best. India were quelled and Aussies won. But what a game that was. It was also the last game for Captain Michael Clark.
Despite some sledging, it was heartening to see both the captains acquaint each other.
This victory was marked as a tribute to Australian opener, Philips Hughes who died on field due to an accident.
Raghav Jain is a cricket content writer at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing engineering from Netaji Subhas Institute Of Technology, Delhi. His interests are reading novels, cricket, quizzing.