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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Covering the issue

Outlook has in the past done some perceptive -- and the odd explosive -- cricket covers; the current one, on the face off between captain and coach, is a tad tame by comparison.
If you forget the gimmicky comic-strip-style timeline of events, the story does not add anything new to what is in the public domain -- and I don't mean that as a criticism. It is, in fact, more an illustration of the reporter's dilemma -- invariably, there are things you know you can say, things you know you can hint at, and things you know but cannot say.
The sidebar on the Wright-Ganguly is equally a recap of the known story. The second sidebar, on Rahul Dravid, however is worth noting -- if only because it pays overdue homage to a player who, not just in this incident but throughout his career, has kept himself above, and beyond, the politiking Indian cricket is unfortunately full of. Actually -- and by way of disclaimer, sure, I know him, but I would say this anyway -- RD has character-wise, been the strongest member of this Indian squad over the last decade, emerging in this respect ahead of the other seniors, including Sachin, Anil et al.


  • Prem,

    What do you have to say about to (your ex-coach ? ) Venkat ?
    I have information that GC is planning to quit . West-end hotel staff seem to already started packing his bags ..

    By Blogger PODI, at 12:48  

  • nice cartoons :-)....notice the shadow characters when Rahul is trying to sort things out with Saurav and Amitabh!

    By Blogger worma, at 12:58  

  • podi: sorry...what about Venkat? I mean, if GC's quitting -- and I doubt GC is the sort of guy who will quit at the first sign of check -- what's SV got to do with it?

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:07  

  • worma: *L* oh totally. Notice also the lines written between lines, in invisible ink, in parts of the copy

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:08  

  • Venkat..What role do you think he will paly in the 27th meeting ?

    GC does not have many choices .Does he want the half the team to revolt against him saying they won't play if SG is sacked ?

    By Blogger PODI, at 13:16  

  • @prem
    What do you think ? Do you think there is a chance of what podi says happening ?

    By Blogger GK, at 13:21  

  • podi and gk: My best take is there will be no such revolt. Firstly, because some of the names -- Bajji and Sehwag, for instance -- have in recent times been none too happy with their captain. More importantly, because in Indian cricket, there is no cricketer who has the nous to quit over what he believes in; self preservation is the dominant credo.
    I suspect if SG is sacked, the team will take what is in fact the right lesson -- that GC is not prepared to be soft; that he will be tough on malingerers and will not tolerate the lackadaisical attitude that has crept back into the ranks after a brief season of hard-nosed professionalism. And that it is in the individual player's own interest to shed the laziness, and get down to some hard work.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:27  

  • And you know what, if some player wants to quit because he doesn't like the prospect of working hard, I am all for giving him a good handshake, a thank you and goodbye card, and kicking him the hell out of the team. *That* attitude -- I am a star, I don't have to work -- is primarily responsible for the plight the team is in; it's time someone drew a line in the sand and said, enough.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:29  

  • Prem,
    "That* attitude -- I am a star, I don't have to work -- " isn't that something genetic:-) with us Indians:-)


    By Blogger sherine, at 13:32  

  • @Prem
    Agree with you entirely. How much faith do you have in the RCM ? Particularly since JD is going to be there ? For me I dont know for sure but the only person there who is likely to look at things only from cricketing point of view and leave politics aside is Venkat. Im not sure about SMG and RS ... of course I cud be wrong ... what is ur take on this ?

    By Blogger GK, at 13:33  

  • sherine: I wouldn't damn an entire country :-)
    For instance, the organization I work for has been known to be pretty intolerant of that attitude; you try resting on past laurels, they send you home in a jiffy. Why do you suppose after all these years, I still work 16, 18 hours? *L*

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:39  

  • Well i thought hard and i guess its not a genetic Indian trait!, actually come to think of it happens in pro. sports all the time, some examples being Kobe in LA,when McGrady was in TO,,,, and yashin in ottawa!,,,, but the irony is that people come to see these star performers, whether they like them or not!

    By Blogger sherine, at 13:39  

  • That panel is comprised more of politicians than not, unfortunately -- but I suspect they will end up backing GC on this, if only because they know better than most what has happened within the team in recent times, and will find it very difficult to defend their decision if they go the other way

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:40  

  • sherine: oh sure, there's that, and that is where they derive their arrogance from. That said, though -- you mould a team, you start getting results, and next thing you know, the 'star' is a distant memory

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:41  

  • Prem, 18 hrs is a tad too much:-), u shud cross the border and come to new-brunswick shud be like a 10 hr drive from ny!! pretty relaxed up here, the canucks need time for hockey and beer, so work comes third:-),lol

    By Blogger sherine, at 13:41  

  • prem....they may end up backing GC...but I'm not sure for what reasons....and I also have a feel there would be some kind of compromise patch-up been thrown....(while they would actually want to retain SG) to assuage the EGO factor in GC...I can see something like SG being removed from ODI captaincy....and retained for test....and also, more importantly....in their clock..the time for GC would start ticking!!!....

    By Blogger worma, at 13:44  

  • I saw most canadians go through hell last year with no hockey:-), people were so desperate that peewee leagues made headlines:-)wonder if it wud be same with us Indians if there were no cricket:-)

    By Blogger sherine, at 13:45  

  • Hey Prem

    Why do you always have to compare Dravid to Tendulkar. Tendulkar for just being the genius he is , would have been hurt a lot more times by the insecurity that is in abundance in the Indian team than the comparitively(!!!) ordinary but hard working Dravid with exemplary attitude.
    Dravid is great , no doubt about it, but I believe Nirmal Sekhar has the last word in this matter.
    "Tendulkar, in short, is a genius. As great as Dravid is, you don't have to smear the face of a genius to make the man from Bangalore look good. He looks bloody good anyway, irrespective of the company he keeps in the team. "

    By Blogger krish, at 01:46  

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