Yesterday Sri Lankan fans threw water bottles on the play ground during final moments of a ODI played between India and Sri Lanka. This is not the first in the history of cricket in Sri Lanka. It happened in 2015 too.
“It’s only a few people, not all Indians”
~ Indians, 1996
“It’s only a few people, not all Sri Lankans”
~ Sri Lankans, 2017
Frustration in universal. I’m not condoning the act, yet hey, welcome to reality.
No body wants to cheer a side that is losing continuously. No body wants to work in a company that is making losses year after year. Shareholders leave. Staff jump ship. People invest to win, they take bets on winning. At least fans need to see the hunger in their team to win.
Damage is done. Reputation is lost. Frustration is out. It’s ok.
What is not ok is to keep things shabby and rudderless. Fans cannot be asked to keep calm. Fans are fans because of what they do. They cheer.
The team needs to show their hunger to win on the field, not in press conferences. There will always be politics. That’s the case in every country. Players need to play. A captain needs to lead. For the cricket board, well, they need to bring sanity in to the structure.
Way forward is to win. To win a few matches. Sri Lankans are not the first underdog, would not be the last. Sometimes, been the underdog is a blessing, if they can seize the moment. That moment is now, when they are at the bottom of the most darkest of pits of all time.