The men playing the game do (should) care more about the results than the fans and critics watching it from afar.
Anil Kumble’s ouster, Shastri’s re-application after the deadline was extended, the circus around Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid as consultants - by the time Shastri actually took over, so much had transpired off the field that even a India-Sri Lanka Test match felt like welcome relief.
That was the standard operating response from the Indian think-tank - questions about sufficient preparation, approach to the Test matches were usually met with a version of “this team is raring to create history.” For instance, on arrival in South Africa, Shastri said: “The conditions will be testing [overseas] but this one-and-a-half years will define this Indian cricket team” It was then, only natural, for the critics (and fans) to hold this team to the standards they were told to expect.
Let’s forget even the fans who were unhappy with the way India approached the Test series.
At the end of the day, this Indian team would do well to know criticism does not equate to wanting the team to lose.