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On the Indore pitch | Desperation can be inspiring — but it can be embarrassing, too

India’s captain Rohit Sharma leaves the pitch after Australia won the third cricket Test match against India in Indore, on March 3, 2023 | Photo Credit: AP When a team loses, it is a cliché to say the players didn’t want to win desperately enough. For the losers, that is both comfort and justification.Desperation might be a strange quality to seek in sport. It can be inspirational, as when an Anil Kumble, broken jaw wired up, bowls in a Test match (and claims the wicket of Brian Lara). It can be disheartening as when players alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper in a win-at-all-costs approach. India are beginning to show some desperation too. Skipper Rohit Sharma said at the end of the Indore Test which they lost on a turner that these were the kind of wickets India would ...

Cricket selection | Putting the human back in the machine

India’s K.L. Rahul and Shubman Gill at a practice session for Team India during the Test series against Australia. Selectors are wondering what to do with the talented and in-form Gill or the talented and out-of-form Rahul | Photo Credit: AFP Selectors have been in the news of late, which may not be ideal. Actually, they should neither be seen nor heard; or perhaps just seen at matches so we know they are doing their job. Australia came to India for the current series carrying injured players who were unlikely to play the first couple of Tests, and India have already retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India, meanwhile, are wondering what to do with the talented and in-form Shubman Gill or indeed the talented and out-of-form K.L. Rahul. And then there is the Chetan Sharma fiasco. The ...