Wednesday, February 21, 2024
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Lesson of maturity

Dear Madam,
World Champion Australians.
Far from returning to the home country as the combined full squad in victorious mode, as many as seven of them( that included Adam Zampa Steve Smith Glen Maxwell Marcus Stoinis and even Man of the Match in World Cup final Travis Head) preferred to stay back to play an absolutely inconsequential T20I series against an almost “India B team” led by Suryakumar Yadav!
Thereafter in batches of 2 or 4 the winning members have returned to Australia after playing few matches with the star sensation Head remaining in India till the end of the series!
So obviously there arises no provision for team parade upon bus rooftop or even public reception despite such stupendous success after initial setbacks in group league stage!
Only after more than a week, just a simple media conference attended by just the captain Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc with the casual display of the World Cup without any fanfare or boisterousness!
What a sense of maturity and poise on the part of the Aussies! No public or media lunacy on victory with the cricketers being turned into “Gods”, no question of attacking the residences of cricketers or burning their posters on defeat also treating them as “Devils”! Can such things be imagined if India wins any World Cup tournament in foreign shore! Many stars of the squad remaining in that country to play inconsequential matches against home team, players returning in batches, no public parade or reception with the captain Rohit Sharma and say Mohammad Shami casually meeting the press after passage of more than a week!
When would the Indians take a lesson of maturity from the Aussies and learn the essence of life! After all life is infinite times larger than even the greatest trophy!
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata

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