India won the first two matches of the seven match series against Sri Lanka. The media hype surrounding the victory has been shameful; it makes someone feel as if we just won the World Cup. Perhaps, the last couple of months have been so tumultous that we can excuse the media for all the gloating and the shouting.
There are a couple of things that are sure to cause some pain the true lovers of the game and its players. Let me start with the praise that the television commentators had for Murali Kartik during the first match. Here we have a former left-arm spinner raising his eyebrows over the 'harsh' treatment meted out to the Railways spinner despite his 'good' show in international matches. If only, Kartik would have displayed some spine and provided the necesary support to Kumble, then we could have won the test match at Sydney and the series on the last tour down under. The same Kartik was belted all over the park in a one-dayer at Vijayawada by the Windies. It is too early to call him a world class performer on the basis of one good performance. One swallow does not make a summer.
The second one also concerns Kartik. The same left -arm spinner of yesteryears praised Rahul Dravid for his 'imaginative' use of Kartik. There was also a hint that Saurav Ganguly conspired against Kartik. If at all Ganguly erred in the choice of spinners, it was the rather unwarranted backing of Harbhajan at the expense of Kumble.
The cake goes for the suggestion that Dravid is a better captain than what Ganguly was. It is too early to make any statements on the basis of two wins against a team that is not known to win many matches abroad.