During the high of dominating Sri Lanka, Dravid, time and again, reminded everybody that harder times lay ahead and that the real test would come when the team was not doing well. Both for the team and the fans.
After the 4th game, a good friend of mine sent me an email detailing his disappointment with the Indian batting performance. His biggest complaint was inconsistency. He was voicing the same sentiment that the Kolkatans did during the game when cheering the South Africans instead of the Indians. The fans have failed the test that Dravid was talking about.
These are early days for the Chappell/Dravid regime. There is no doubt in my mind that we’re moving in the right direction. This series has been missing a level playing field, and that has skewed the results a bit. Indians, no doubt, haven’t performed as well as they could have, but some stumbling along the road is only expected. This is the time to stand behind the team, not boo it at home and cheer the opponents instead. Anybody will tell you, the support from the fans is more needed when the team is not doing well. Granted, the audience at Kolkata was biased, and these Bengali aristocrats are known for not hiding their disappointment, but the treatment meted out to the team, Tendulkar and Dravid no less, was inexcusable. I am certain it will be rectified at Mumbai.