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Monday, May 30, 2005

Skipper Sehwag..?

Little nuggets coming out of the presentation Greg Chappell made before the BCCI during the coach-selection interview: A core group identified within the national side; India's seam attack picked as the area that needs the most immediate attention; Viru Sehwag marked out as a potential captain...
Sehwag in an unrelated context has said he is not looking at the captaincy just now; which is a bit like Bollywood couples caught smooching, coming up with the 'we are just friends' comment. Thing being, there is nothing wrong, really, in thinking about the top job, and even wanting it -- what the heck, since when was ambition a crime?
Interesting. Very. Especially the bit about captaincy. We have never really looked at identifying potential captains early (think back to when Azhar and Sachin were playing pass the pillow with the captain's armband -- at no point during that period of bitter politicking, was Saurav Ganguly in anyone's frame as a potential leader), and grooming them for the job.
The preferred method is to wait until the incumbent is way past his use-by date, then arbitrarily pick a successor, with all attendant heartburn.
Nice, therefore, to see Chappell identify, early, the guy who could be the next skipper, or the one after that, assuming Dravid outlives Ganguly in the side and gets his shot at the leadership position.


  • I remember a long time ago, when you came to Stonybrook, speaking about Laxman becoming the next captain.....of course that's not going to happen. I am just saying this to illustrate that I think it's quite impossible to "look ahead" and groom captains....because we do not know which player will warrant a place in the side a few years down the line (so short have player's shelf life become)

    By all indications, I dont think Sehwag is suitable for captaincy--he is a prime candidate for "captaincy-itis" ie loss of form.

    Nice to read your blog Prem. I have often disagreed with your analysis on rediff but your match reports really rocked.....the way you used to describe, in excruciating detail, dismissals brought the game alive in a way noone else could.

    I also write on cricket.....



    By Blogger GREATBONG, at 15:48  

  • yeah captaincy is a different beast for us in the subcontinent- it has little to do with ability (as in mentally). If a player makes it to the national side, they are then made the captain of the Ranji side. Obviously continuity, strategy, man management are moot points.

    By Blogger Viks, at 21:33  

  • Prem,

    Why this hypocrisy? Why aren't we open about who we are, and what we do, and what we want to do? By openly declaring that one would be keen on taking up the captaincy if offered, one does not commit any sin? Wht do we live in this world of denial?

    When we will get of this Nehruvian, socialist, "we are like this only" mentality? I'd rather we be frank, open, honest about issues than shoving everything under the carpet.

    Prem, could you highlight please as to why Dravid is not being taken seriously for captaincy by Chapell? Is Viru captaincy material? You thoughts plz...


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:38  

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