New Delhi: If the half-empty stadiums during England's tour to India was not a sign, a jam-packed F1 circuit for the inaugural edition of the Indian Grand Prix made it even clearer that the country is, perhaps, undergoing a sense of cricketing fatigue. The series against West Indies though, has the hidden potential to 're-generate' the interest.
A series against Darren Sammy's side has never been too high on the agenda of Indian cricket fans. Even players like Yuvraj Singh have said in the run-up to the first Test at Feroze Shah Kotla in New Delhi that a good contest is a must to boost morale ahead of the tour to Australia. What makes this series different then, from the recent tournaments, is that faith in the team that was mostly lost after a whitewash in England, has been reaffirmed.
MS Dhoni and his team tasted blood against England on home soil and past records show that the team has a reputation of building on its successes. The average Indian fan is expected to keep an eye out on the upcoming series because the average Indian fan likes the team to rake in as many wins as possible.
There is one sight though that charms spectators in India more than the team winning matches. It is to have Sachin Tendulkar take strike. While the ardent follower of the sport may beg to differ, there is no better feeling for most others than to have Sachin take strike and India win, all in a span of 5 days in case of a Test and a day in the other two formats.
The West Indies team on the other end, cannot be discounted completely. Quality seamers like Ravi Rampual and Kemar Roach have troubled Indian batsmen before and can provide a thrilling contest if they find their form and rhythm in the Indian conditions.
So while over 100,000 people may have said yes to the Indian GP, it would be immature to discount the passion that cricket still evokes here, even if played against a team that is not known to be the amongst the best.