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Indian sport lost in the world outside THERE is a general feeling in sporting circles around the world that Indians are poor travellers It is a reputation mostly earned in the high profile game of cricket It has almost become a cliche with veteran cricketers and journalists outside the country whenever a touring Indian cricket team perform poorly It is perhaps one of the popular understatements common to western world The team too tends to lend substance to the adage with consistently average often below average showing when on tour Since the performance contrast sharply with those recorded on home soil it has almost become an accepted fact that Indians can only perform in the friendly environment at home soil but not outside irrespective of the world renown players in their ranks Elsewhere too in other disciplines Indians with rare exceptions have done badly The athletes weightlifters shooters and others promise the world with outstanding performances at home but once outside in the open world in obviously highly competitive surroundings they generally fail to do justice to their known talent What one is presented with after each failure or lack of success is a string of excuses often unsubstantiated One of the reasons often advanced in team games whether it be hockey or football and not so long ago even cricket is about supervision as if Indians were singled out for special treatment Rarely is an attempt made to accept the fact that the teams or individuals were not equal to the occasion and that there could have been other reasons A former Olympian once made what now seems a very pertinent observation that Indian contingents in Olympic and Asian Games appear to be totally lost in foreign settings The statement appears to have some truth in it With rare exceptions Indians find it difficult to adjust in particular to food habits of the country they are visiting Agreed that
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