I have been yearning for the seniors to leave so that Dhoni can then take over this team and build a team for challenges that are more relevant for today than the challenges Sachin and Company were conditioned to overcome.
However after seeing the hideous celebrations on reaching personal milestones...Virat Kohli's celebrations in Adelaide and Gautam Gambhir's at Mirpur... I fear I just don't get it. With this generation that is.
The words foolish and clownish come to mind.
I think somewhere with all the money, fame and "honey traps" our guys have lost a sense of grounding and have an inflated view of their personal achievements.
Virat Kohli's 100 at Adelaide was a significant achievement. It was his maiden century. It was made in Australia. Not a typically or rather sterotypically Australian pitch but I guess the atmospehere must have been as daunting. It was a great innings in terms of how Virat Kohli counter attacked. It fulfilled a promise.
It was to make no difference to the result of the match. India were losing their 8th Test in a row. India were, for all practical purposes humiliated and the only answer a once competitive side had for was to adopt a strategy of denial and find refuge in Statsguru.
Virak Kohli's celebrations might have led you to believe that that innings laid the foundation for a 17th consecutive Test match win for India or that he was auditioning for the kind of role Sunny Deol would sleep walk through in a Hindi movie.
I am still scratching my head as to why Gautam Gambhir would think his 100 yesterday was worth induldging himself into the kind of buffonary that he did. Now that he has stooped so low what will he do if he scores a 100 against Pakistan in a World Cup final?
With Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, we have just seen the most promising generation of cricketers of our time, achieve nothing for India that previous generations did not...
Except better personal milestones.
And I am now resigned to watching the next generation do the same.
At least the celebrations were more civil in my time.