The recent loss or shall we say whitewash that the Indian team suffered at the hands of the South Africans is nothing surprising. When we have some of India's finest batsmen kept out the team due to petty politics and ego issues, what else will happen ?
Yes i am indeed talking about arguably India's most explosive one-day batsmen (next only to the genius Sachin) Saurav Ganguly, and perhaps the most steady and consistent number three batsman VVS Laxman.
To be fair to Ganguly, he was indeed going through a bad patch. But that does not mean that he has to be removed from the team. Sachin himself was going through a horrible time for quite a few one-day internationals.
So i think the time is ripe for a recall for Ganguly and Laxman. Note that i am not advocating that we should not bring in fresh talent. In fact, the team should have a mix of experience and freshers.
The team is steadily going back to the era of "If Sachin fails, the team fails".
What is needed here is an assertive captain. A captain who is assertive and who reposes faith in his players will definitely get the best out of his players.
Case in point is Steve Waugh and who else but Saurav Ganguly. While the performance of a captain with bat and/or ball is of utmost importance, what is also needed is the ability to assert himself and have the final say in any kind of issue.
So everything points out to just one answer. Throw out that bloody Chappell. As my colleagues at work would know, this is the not the first time i am saying this. In fact, right from the time we started loosing, i have been saying that the policy of experimentation is all but crap.
Cricket as like any other team in an organization, needs a ix of youth and experience. Plain experince or plain youth would make you go nowhere. Except Sachin and Dravid and to an extent Kaif, none of the players have any serious experience.
Tags: Cricket, Saurav Ganguly, Greg Chappell
Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 7:37 AM