Much against the famed Tam Brahm inclination, I find numbers intimidating and when it comes to cricket I am certainly even more lost.
Granted, we did extremely well in Australia and some of our players must feel vindicated after all the doubts and aspersions cast on them. Winning the tri series, Sachin's great performance, Dhoni's captaincy, the rise of the young ones like Praveen and Ishant etc etc- all definitely add to national pride.
And then I heard that Sharad Pawar gifted 10 crores to the Indian team for this win.
Does even a fraction of this happen to the other games' players?
In a land when outstanding bravery awards get you a measly lakh or so, a death due to natural calamity gets a family lakh or so in compensation, does a victory in cricket justify almost a crore to a player?
I am sure a lot of you will disagree- but as I said it beats me- the maths in cricket.
One more thing- as Indians settled in Australia, would you cheer India or Australia? And you could extrapolate this question to any other country.... I am sure it is a tricky decision.