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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Vitamin C deficiency

Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappell have identified confidence as the missing ingredient in this team.
Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Rahul, Yuvraj, Kaif have all had a good knock or two in the tournament; Saurav played a gritty one his first time out; Dhoni came here on a confidence high. Pathan, Nehra, Bajji and even Kumble have all had good spells with the ball (Zaheer has in fact been the sole misfiring link, which makes his selection over Balaji a bit of a mystery).
Given that individuals had performances to their name, what caused the lack of confidence? In other words, why didn't performing individuals come together as a performing team? Wish GC and RD had given us some answers on that... because this particular factor has more to do with the dressing room, than the actual play.


  • Hi PP-
    Wonder if it ever is prudent to read between the lines, but it is precisely what this business of 'confidence' causes one to do-especially as both captain and coach seem to agree on this. Dont also think it is wise to look for fish just because there is a certain piscine odour in the air, but one does wonder.

    Natural human behaviour would dictate some degree of unhappiness when a skipper is replaced and then is picked in the same team as just another player. I think this would be a given in any other mundane profession ie in a company, academia, etc...

    Wonder if this could be the underlying malaise? Given the fact that Sourav can lay legitimate claim to grooming and nurturing at least half the present side, would it be a long stretch to imagine that any disaffection on his part will rub off on them? Again, these guys are human just like the rest of us and just as prone to basic emotions-envy, greed, fear etc etc. Or is all of this pseudo-freudian BS?! :-)

    By Blogger Painfully Sinstripe, at 11:04  

  • IF RD and GC want to masquerade their blunders on the field as lack of confidence, so be it. Would have been sensible for them just to admit that they were sloppy on the field.

    By Blogger sachin, at 11:12  

  • Painful: If you mean a section of the side deliberately letting down the new captain out of empathy with the predecessor, I'd rather not even go there. Granting that the players are human, granting too that this sort of politiking has been in view before (in virulent form, during the Gavaskar-Bedi and Azhar-Sachin regimes), I'm kind of hoping we are not seeing an encore -- and have no reason to think otherwise, till date.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 11:12  

  • PP- Me neither. Dont want to go there at all. But, it does not have to be a conscious/wilful undermining of the new skipper by one bunch of players does it? If senior player A is grumpy in the dressing room thanks to being just one of the 11, and those blues are a wee bit infectious to his 'brood,' might that explain some of the 'confidence' issues?! Dont know, just very intrigued as you seem to be at this novel malaise picked up on simultaneously by both coach and captain, thats all....

    By Blogger Painfully Sinstripe, at 11:18  

  • Prem,

    The key lies in "synergy" -- what I mean, is this -- you workk for rediff.com. let's say.

    Now, rediff may have good writers, good guest columnists, good cartoonists, good web-site designers, good edtors...the works. But, the key to making the product (i.e. rediff.com) really good is the synergizing of all these different talent pools to make one solid product. There is no doubt in all our minds that our boys are talented, the BCCI (for all its shortcomings) is supporting them, they have a good coach and support staff...what we're missing is the fusion of all these factors...that's why we see individuals perform well solely...but not much progress when it comes to being a *team*

    I think the concept of *team* has to be enforced more...unfortunately, teh boys are so wrried that one perfomance breaking their careers that they are seeking to accomplsh individual breakthroughs, rather than the team as a whole.

    Maybe, Greg Chappell should hire some HR Mgmt consultants for the team to achieve optimal rsults.


    By Blogger Sriraj, at 11:29  

  • I think that RD and GC are differentiating between the confidence to do well in a normal match and the confidence to be able to showcase your best in finals. By winning matches in the leadup to the final, you enter the final having the experience of playing well in different match situations and this translates into your confidence of being able to do the same in the finals. Right now, the team wins one-off matches and by the time they reach the final, they don't feel they've done anything to show that they're the best team in the tournament. This can lead to them being nervous instead of confident of stamping their authority on the match.

    In the final, the batsmen panicked, plain and simple. They hadn't done anything special in the previous matches and so weren't confident in their ability to score at around a run a ball for 10 overs, so they tried to go for their shots too early. A confident team would have trusted themselves to score the runs in the balls that were remaining. India needs a couple of tough, under-pressure down-to-the-wire wins that will give them the confidence that they can handle such match situations.

    The bowlers and fielders too need to tighten up. If they had been sharper and more incisive, the game would have been easier to win. As of right now, I don't see how ZK can enter a final with any sort of confidence given he regularly goes for over 6 an over in a final. Nehra seems to be the only bowler who does better in finals. Maybe ZK should bowl first change, esp in finals.

    By Blogger Abe, at 11:32  

  • I am afraid we are getting into the old times when India kept losing (snatching defeat from the jaws of victory) and the team management was pretty much clueless about how it happened. The standard answer used to be 'we have a lot of things to sort out', 'it is not clicking at the right time', and such template-ified statements.

    Greg Chappell does not seem like a guy who can inspire - I know Gangs liked him and all, but from the outside (since I have never met him) he seems like a guy who can improve the good guys but not inspire a team low on morale.

    And the sooner we bring Ganguly back at the helm, the better. The team is used to him leading and it must be a weird situation in the dressing room for Dravid to lead Ganguly. Pretty much for no fault of either of them.

    So for the next outing, let's reinstate Gangs and let him work with GC to bring back sanity to this team.

    By Blogger RPM, at 12:19  

  • Ganguly played a gritty knock? may be he did...but he hurt the team in that process. He played 76 dot-balls out 110 balls he faced. that put a lot of pressure on the batsmen. Even during the finals, his strike rate was around 45.

    Ganguly should retire. We have the worst fielding team in the world lead by ganguly. ganguly cannot field, run between the wkts, cannot play on-side strokes...so man limitations. He willy be 35 by 2007 WC. In addition, his batting at the test level sucks.

    Ganguly did a lot of good things for the Indian team, but it is time to move on. His presence in the future will not only hurt him but also the team will be hurt. But aside your personal choices and love for an individual(s)...look at the best interest of the Indian team...and Ganguly do not deserve a place there.

    By Blogger J, at 12:27  

  • I am v sure that it was not a case of politiking. Because, IMO, each player gave his best in one match or the other. No-one was consistently under-performing (except, as Prem pointed, Zaheer...and he looked genuine under-performer :-) )
    Anyway, I think the point is 'inconsistency'. Those who are in good nick not making best use of it, and those in bad not making enough effort to grit it out and 'contribute' even in the bad times. compare this with, for eg. Vaas. That guy was in nick, was expected to perform...and was on the dot. And I'm sure its no con-incidence. He would do it again. And its not Moody effect...its their attitude.

    By Blogger worma, at 14:10  

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