CHURUMURI POLL: Are small-towners stronger?

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of the Indian team which won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, has attributed the team’s victory to the presence of so many players from non-metropolitan cities.

“Guys coming from small-time towns are generally mentally and physically tougher than those coming from the metros. The infrastructure and facilities are not there and so players from smaller towns have to work harder,” Captain Victorious said in Bombay yesterday.

Questions: Is Dhoni right or is this just good spin? Is India’s relatively poor performance on the cricket field all this while been because the team has been stuffed full with hoity-toity, nose-in-the-air English-speaking upmarket urban types? Are metropolitan cricketers too complacent and not too hungry for success? Does Dhoni’s theory work only in cricket, or does it work in other areas of lif, too? Does India, as a wise man once said, live in its villages (and towns and tier-2 cities)?