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Saturday, September 24, 2005


On my way out the door, saw this -- and must confess I hope GC manages to take VS (ironically, one of the players *supposed* to be in the 'Saurav camp') to the next level -- the day he begins actualizing his immense potential, Sehwag could set the cricketing world on its ears.
You guys have a good weekend; take care.


  • "If we can have 15 players with that desire and hunger, we can go forward. There have been half a dozen or so guys, as well as few seniors who have been most impressive. There are couple of gaps in the equation but the nucleus is there."

    "Chappell also felt India's bowling could be competitive if players had the right work ethics and fitness levels."

    The key is right work ethics & fitness levels. Thats the Chappell way.

    Chappell reminds me of Mourinho who is aggressive, no nonsense straight to the point talker and who looks at the overall picture which is that the team comes first before any player and doesn't think twice if he were to drop an out of form player. Ferguson has the same mentality. The great Bill Shankly also!

    By Blogger jgohil, at 16:05  

  • Prem, I guess the problem is GC treats the players more like how school teachers in India treat the pupils. These guys (I mean the players) are to certain extent mature, however, most of them have a ego as big as GC if not bigger. GC -- looks good on paper for not thinking twice to use the whip. But the whip alone is not going to get him the results. Yes,certain things are not negotiable -- but he has to realise that to ask SG and VVS do at this stage of their career what MK and Robin Singh only could is a bit too much. Yes, they got to improve, but you can only raise the bar to a certain extent. Its not that these guys have not strenghts at all. Saying things to the press that he told certain things to motivate SG is pathetic. SG is going through a rough phase for quite sometime. Instead of helping him to regain his form -- trying to throw him out is bit too much. We need SG for the next few years, as he is the only one who can give back as good as he gets and we need him certainly when the Poms come visiting us next year.

    By Blogger Balaji, at 16:19  

  • Greg Chappell coul do well by contacting John Wright for suggestions on handling Virender Sehwag. Wright semmed to have gotten through to Sehwag with regards to the importance of cashing in with big 100s and being patient in the first hour of a test match when there is something in the conditions for the bowlers. He had a sensational last test season. Here's to hoping it continues!

    By Blogger Sahir, at 17:02  

  • Great talent he is, no doubt. And thanks for GC for pointing it out to the rest of the cricketing world.

    Wonder if this is an attempt to get VS into the anti-SG camp?

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 17:31  

  • saurabh....do you realise what you are saying ??? ;-)

    btw, the telegraph is out with the latest take on the 'other' side of the story. Read here. The BIG point that is alleged here is that the Chappel email was sent before the start of second test...before the supposed 'truce' enactment on the screen. Ofcourse, keep that pinch of salt handy.

    Also read here

    By Blogger worma, at 17:38  

  • CricInfo:

    Column by Sambit Bal.


    Most of the stuff is what everyone knows...politics in BCCI and compromise formulas they will come up with. All said and done...SG will continue in team, RD will be captain, RSM will be president for one more yr, promise to Pawar group for next year.

    GC is learning Indian way of things. He is cursing himself for taking this job. MNCs and lot foreign execs learned it is tough to do business with India. Buddas, politicos, castes...unending election loop.....

    By Blogger Rajg, at 17:50  

  • Guys, who do you think are the so called boys in SG's camp?? There is a lot of talk of VS,HS,ZK and AN being his boys. Any takers?

    By Blogger Harsha, at 17:57  

  • Saurav cannot hold his own on current form in the Indian cricket team as a batsman alone. I had read previously that being captain meant an automatic 5 crores to be made every year in endorsements. Could that be the reason why Saurav is desperately holding on to captaincy?

    By Blogger SHRI, at 18:20  

  • So GC wants absolute power. He wants to decide the playing XI as well as batting order? How about bowling changes and field placement too? All it needs is to send instructions through the 12th man. Better would be, being an Aussie, he can put pressure on ICC to allow earpiece for the captain so that he can give instructions. Who will like to be the captain under such circumstances? May be we recruit a puppet to lead India.

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 18:57  

  • Harsha I think YS is one of his "boys" also.

    By Blogger Sidhant, at 19:31  

  • http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=3277

    Guys, check this.

    By Blogger Balaji, at 19:45  

  • balaji,
    thanks a lot for teh DNA link boss
    If this is the 'real' email, well then hats off to GC.
    He is the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket.
    he is not behaving like a school master.
    suppose u r a project manager, and u have a lot of guys in ur team who have attitude problems, what will u do?

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 20:15  

  • Guys,
    LP Sahi at it again :)



    By Blogger Thirdman, at 20:26  

  • just one small request....
    Prem/Worma: Is it possible for one of you guys to change the font(color, size, italics..etc) of your postings? It would be easier for us readers to right away know whoz post we are reading and what we might expect.


    By Blogger yugan, at 20:42  

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    By Blogger Balaji, at 20:53  

  • Shyam, I guess I've to eat my words. If what is alleged to have taken place -- is as per the e-mail & if that report on DNA is true, then SG has got to go. There is no room for SG if all he is doing is trying to divide the team just so he can be the captain. Its been more than 50 years since the the British left India, but this divide and rule seems to be there everywhere in India. You name it we've got it. From religion to rivers...reminds me of that Hariharan song....Krishna/Allah&Jesus have to come together at the same time to save us. I know GOD IS ONE. But they to come in different shape, size and form, as otherwise our folks will still be fighting.


    By Blogger Balaji, at 20:55  

  • To be frank, I don't believe that Greg Chappel has been a Mahatma in this episode as his mail to BCCI seems to suggest. We all know how he stands on moral platform when we remmeber that incident against NZ in a final, when he asked his brother to bowl underarm. I think there should be a thorough investigation. If what Chappel claims is true, then Saurav has to go but if it is not then Chappel has to be ousted immediately. Some of the comments reagrding Saurav's intentions of dividing team, I can't buy those. That only means that he has been a poor leader which can not be true for a man who brought 12 odd victories for India abroad (don't forget India had only 14 before he came). Not to say, that he was entirely rsponsible for those victories, but he made a change. Only since India lost a few matches and his form has been poor off late, critics have jumped on to him. What about those youngeters he picked and backed? Who ended the zonal selections? And why it is only now that people are raising these issues, why not before? He has been captain for more than 5 years. I want the truth to come out. Can't wait more for the review meeting.

    By Blogger Ravi Agrawal, at 20:58  

  • Having said that Shyam, if any of my team members have any attitude problems I would explain to them, what I see and where I come from and what I expect of them. Looks like ---this is what GC did. But SG being SG tried to play his cards -- cheap move that has now backfired. But, t won't throw them out and I won't go around looking for my boss either. The member of the team will either shape up or will leave rather than having to face me day-in / out. But poor SG doesn't have that option. Its not like I don't like Jose Mourinho's or Sir Alex Fergusson's school of football and therefore will move to Real Madrid or Barcelona. Having said that GC should have know what SG can do if he is in form and in command. Dunno if RD can do any better, which is why I want some to help SG. All he needs to do is accept he is not a great puller and just cut that out. with all the protection that a batsman can have I am sure he can take a blow or two --- worse case scenario, as he can always duck instead of returning to the dressing room with another duck against his name.

    By Blogger Balaji, at 21:08  

  • Guys,
    I have just one question. Assume that the name of the coach is NOT GC, but one Indian - Kapil, Venkat, Sunny etc etc. Now tell me how many of you will believe in such a case that the coach is right? How much do we know about GC or his method of working to believe everything that has to say without even bothering to know the other side of the story? Why are we suddenly against a guy and few other players of the team who have given us many memorable victories in the past 4-5 years without even bothering to find out what's the TRUTH?

    For those giving examples of Project Manager etc. let me ask you this. Suppose you are one of the Module leaders in a long term project (5 years running) and you have been working on it for quite some time and have got reasonable success. Suddenly the PM resigns for a better offer and the new PM comes on board and within two months decide that you and some of your team members have attitude problems and must go for the betterment of the project. Mind you that you have spent a reasonable time of your life and career on this project and you are accepted as a successful Module/Team leader. Will it be right for the CEO of your company to fire you and some of your team members just because new PM has said so? You and your team members may be guilty, but it should be proven first and shouldn't be just based on the new PM's words. Or am I missing something here?

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 22:34  

  • dadagiri,
    answer to your q: If the CEO is convinced that you have attitude problems, then you should go. Doesnt matter if you have spent 5 or 10 or 15 years, why should you be the disruptive force now and break up the team?
    Of course, in this case, CEO Jaggu will fire the well-meaning PM.
    Also, one more req: dont sound like Amarnath and his laptop. The Aussie has not done naything that suggests that his interests are not in agreement with the well wishers of Indian cricket, so just as you suggested that we should get to the TRUTH, I say that your comments on GC are unfair too.

    By Blogger Toney, at 00:56  

  • It would be interesting to guess who's in the SG, anti-SG and neutral camps. My take:


    other newbies


    By Blogger Kiran, at 08:06  

  • just another case of media dictating a tussle between two individuals and to a great extent augmenting it. Ultimately our affinity towards the white skin will mean that GC will b hailed as a saint n SG ll have to go. Just wonder wasnt this the same media that hailed SG 2 years back as the best captain with the best attitude that India ever had?wonder how could SG achieve all those results with an attitude problem so major as this. Just a gr8 team doesnt seem to b only excuse. Can remmbr India having the "best bating line up in the world " ever since i was born. Wonder why those teams never produced results .We wanted attacking captains but cudnt stand them once we had them .Perhaps ppl in India n ppl like Dungarpur just need another diplomatically correct Ajharuddin as captain who ll just stand in the slips and at the end of the match just say "Boys had a bad day in office". Way to go India ........Wonder how long the new fetish of attacking coach will last...

    By Blogger clairvoyant, at 09:41  

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