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Friday, September 23, 2005

the indian storm....some updates

The BCCI AGM has been adjourned, and would meet in two months time. This is important bit The elections will be held before November 30 when the AGM convenes again. There will be a review meeting of the BCCI on September 27. The announcements were made by Rajeev Shukla, BCCI vice-president.. So, it means that hopefully that review on 27th would achieve some kind of solution, or atleast a step towards it, and not wait for Nov 30th for it. What happens to the selectors? Do they continue? Do they again have the same dilemma of not being able to select a long-term captain because of their limited tenure? Yeah...no answers...

Meanwhile, its interesting to read this latest Chappell interview in light of recent events. Clearly, the whole situation, as it stands today, is not all about SG alone.

This bit I find important "I find it interesting if players complain that pressure of selection is getting to them. It is part and parcel of life of an international cricketer.
"I have no control over the selection process but worrying about it is not going to help. All we can do is to take on things which we can do. We have to prepare properly and give ourselves enough chance as individuals and as a team.


Especially in context of this which he later says "Certain risks come into equation for cricket is a tough game. But that's the only thing we can do as group. There are some players who would perform and others won't. If the selectors buy into the process, they would recognize the effort and give them some leeway,

In his understanding, a lot here seems to be depending on the selectors getting things right, understanding the logic and rationale of the performances all the time. Chappell should soon learn that he would have to tackle some of these player insecurities himself(along with the captain), for selectors aren't going to be as level-headed as he(and we) desires.

On a (not totally)separate note, this sounds eerily familiar...although coming from a distant land.

And Dravid in place of SRT in ODI team for super series, which means they are giving up an opener option for middle order strength. Gayle for Gibbs (which means they were considering Gibbs for opening slot, and now Gayle and Sehwag are most likely ODI openers). Inzamam gets his much cried-for place in the test team, although IMO Vaughan would have been better.

68 Comments:

  • http://in.rediff.com/cricket/2005/sep/23meet.htm

    very interesting - this bit from the article:
    Mahendra also confirmed that he did receive an e-mail for India coach Greg Chappell, but maintained it is confidential.
    "I will put it up in the review committee meeting in Mumbai on the 27th [of September]," he said.
    "I am disappointed that a confedential letter has been leaked to the media. Ganguly has been dividing the team and sowing the seeds of indiscipline in it," he added.

    Now did the BCCI president say that last sentence?

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 09:20  

  • shyam..very interesting indeed!...then what the heck is left of the confidentiality of the letter :-)....this does hint that it might have been Mahendra who could have leaked it in the first place.

    By Blogger worma, at 09:22  

  • now if Mahendra has really said that, then I guess SG's fate is sealed.

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 09:27  

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    By Blogger Jagadish, at 09:30  

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    By Blogger worma, at 09:33  

  • Gangu bhai was reported to have made some rather interesting comments about the manager who accompanied the team to Australia in 91-92. It went something like “he is the worst person I have ever met or something”. The reason for this was the manager stated in his post tour report that SG was very proud and rich man’s spoilt son who did not want to put in the hard yards. The name of the manager, ah let me remember …. Was some R.M,Singh ( ranabir singh mahendra). shyam maybe that explain something?

    By Blogger Avinash, at 09:37  

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    By Blogger JD, at 09:37  

  • I agree even very recently when gangs came back and was in form he called the worst person ever to be a manager. maybe it payback time :> dalmiya the baniya knows when to talk and when to shut up...so gangs maybe up the tree with his ass on fire by himself

    By Blogger tombaan, at 09:39  

  • SG is history. I'm glad, finally it is happening. My anger is, this fellow let India down as batsman in last 2-3 yrs and then as a dumb captain, lost matches which India could have won.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 09:40  

  • avinash,
    i have read that story mate
    but what beats me is this:
    Mahendra is the BCCI president coz of Jaggu
    Now, Why wud he then try to antagonise Jaggu by passing such comments about SG

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 09:41  

  • Indian cricket is the best entertainer now - off the field of course
    enough material for Ekta Kapoor
    or maybe this is David Dhawan stuff

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 09:44  

  • See what editor of cricketnext.com has to write......

    He has an editorial titled "Sack Chappell"

    http://www.cricketnext.com/news1/next/sanjay/sanjay023.htm

    Idiot........

    By Blogger Kansultant, at 09:48  

  • shyam
    there is only one interest that is vested interest. dont be surprised if ganguly resigns and board accepts it...
    dalmiya has an interest in ganguly but it is not above his self interest...so wait and watch

    By Blogger tombaan, at 09:49  

  • Chup raha aur patch up kar liya to bhi dil mein kahi na kahi toh rahega hi, mauka milete sale ki le lenge!!! That’s the attitude of most Indian managers also, let us say you have an argument with your boss on any issue, even if everything is fine on the surface on the D –Day (appraisal or something) he.she is going to bite back. RSM needs an excuse to get back at SG and then he can go to JD and say see boss I have backed your boy all the way even though he has called me by names. But now he is not doing any good for Indian cricket, and sahara is also going to reduce the sponsorship because on non performance. Also this election is going to be at least as bloody as the last one and I don’t want to give the other side ammo to ambush me and a convienent excuse to some regional boards to say that we backed out because you “didn’t have the good of Indian cricket at heart”. So we must sacrifice SG at least for the time being to win this election. Later we can gethim back as player or whatever.

    In all this by the way I may not agree with GC on the pace and his way of doing things, but I believe he has good of Indian cricket at heart and he is doing the right thing.

    By Blogger Avinash, at 09:52  

  • Exactly tombaan you said it in a few words. I needed a whole paragraph

    By Blogger Avinash, at 09:53  

  • this is what i send out to him
    Dear Mr Jha
    I always thought you were a fruit cake but this time you are over the top. Chappell has every right to say what he did and he is not one who leaked it out. IT is called evaluation and if we had that in corporate people like you would loose their job.oops I forgot your wife owns the company so your ass cannot be fired.
    He chappell has done an evaluation and past glory is not enough to lead into future. if that is the case we would have waugh and taylor leading australia even know. gangs need to go and sooner guys like you get over it better for indian cricket

    By Blogger tombaan, at 09:55  

  • thanks avinash......

    By Blogger tombaan, at 10:00  

  • Sanjay Jha is the best among Indian Cricket Writers. :)
    Wonder how he is able to run his website.
    He gives me the confidence to become a cricket writer

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 10:01  

  • Members of Sourav Fan Club today demonstrated outside the five-star hotel, adding to the chaos at the venue of BCCI AGM, where the board's election drama was still continuing.



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    The Sourav fans were demanding his continuation as skipper of the Indian team.

    A few members of the club at Kalighat shouted slogans and held placards in support of Ganguly, claiming that he was the 'No.1' in the current squad.

    "Sourav is the nucleus of the team and the rest of the players come only after him."

    The brief demonstration was held just outside the room where the BCCI AGM was being held.

    By Blogger tombaan, at 10:02  

  • shankar
    Jha is related to the either the Indian express or one of the piramals I am not sure. His wife owns the company of which he is the editor. Only reason he can write what he wants is because he owns the crappy website

    By Blogger tombaan, at 10:03  

  • I am thinking we should form save cricket and let chappell do his thing club . what do you say guys??

    By Blogger tombaan, at 10:04  

  • http://www.cricketnext.com/news1/next/sanjay/sanjay023.htm


    One man with a backbone,I daresay

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 10:05  

  • if u want to have a gud laugh, check out this poll on CricketNext site

    Question: Payal, a bar dancer had 3 Pakistani cricketers visiting her during their last trip to India:

    Options:
    1. India has bilateral relations with not just Sri Lanka, but also Pakistan.
    2. Not every Pakistani cricketer is Imran Khan, for whom the story was the other way round.
    3. So what? There is no evidence of bookies and match-fixing yet, right?

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 10:06  

  • jha has a few valid points about GC making a statement and then doing the opposite, but then we dont know what exaclty transpired in the last couple of weeks; not too sure if he know anything defenite. too early to make such "backbone" revealing statements :)

    By Blogger JD, at 10:10  

  • sanjay jha rocks! out with this grumpy, old man who gets upset if a mosquito buzzes a bit too loudly.

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 10:11  

  • some very interesting happenings on the Ranji scene:
    http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/220031.html

    Jadeja to captain and coach Rajasthan

    First it was Bahutule, Munaf Patel and Nilesh Kulkarni
    Now Jadeja
    I think our domestic cricket is becoming competitive and serious
    pity that BCCI is not doing anything to market and televise the championship

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 10:11  

  • ..so whats up...hmm..Sanjay Jha seems interesting character...he should probably write a blog, rather than running a cricket website :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 10:17  

  • worma,
    i guess sanjay jha treats his website as a blog
    :)

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 10:19  

  • yes shyam, thats what it looked to me as well. Wonder if there is a similar Gang-war happening there as well ;-)

    By Blogger worma, at 10:21  

  • worma
    dont think he is a SG basher or a ISG fan. his articles are usually fair. this time he is just pissed at GC

    By Blogger JD, at 10:23  

  • Sanjay seems to be a professional SG A** licker

    This is his prediction before the last Ind-Pak series

    I have been ROFLMAO since reading this...

    http://www.cricketnext.com/features1/sanjayjha/sanjayjha144.htm

    By Blogger Kansultant, at 10:23  

  • jd, just started reading him during this series. He did earlier have an issue with the media bias, something not totally untrue (although the reasoning may vary). But his articles seem to be too much driven by opinions, and much less by actual reasoning (to explain the formation of those opinions). So backing his opinions by statements like Chappell’s supposed language, seems both vicious in it’s tenor and motivated in it’s intent does much disservice to his cause (and sometimes to the bigger picture he is correlating to).

    By Blogger worma, at 10:29  

  • Another one from CricketNext.com

    This is from Ajit Wadekar...
    "First of all there was no need for Chappell to ask Ganguly to sit out of the match against a club standard Zimbabwe. Moreover the coach should understand that Ganguly has been appointed captain by a panel of selectors", he added.

    "I have led India successfully and have been the coach of the Indian team which was quite successful and I would never have asked my captain to sit out of a match until and unless he was not hundred percent fit", the stylish left hander said.

    "On the contrary I would have given him full support to strike form against a weak side like Zimbabwe. However, there have been instances where the captain has voluntarily sat out as he was not in good form but I have not heard of a coach telling his skipper to sit out as he was not among runs", Wadekar said.
    Seems like GC is a strict no no for CricketNext..

    By Blogger csh, at 10:33  

  • Let's refer to him as 'acid tongue' Jha..Hope they don't burn up his own tongue post the results of the GC-SG bashing

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 10:33  

  • Why has BCCI meeting being adjourned for 2 months? IsS it so that Dalmiya gang and Pawar gang can shag each other? 2 months! That is 2 life spans of the house fly. This may have already been discussed somewhere, so excuse me if someone else already asked this question, but I just dont get it.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 10:33  

  • Amarnath must be grinning away to glory . Haynes must be thanking his lucky stars and Moody is prolly needling GC every other day...

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 10:35  

  • GC vs SG/ZK/VVS reminds me of that famous Alec baldwin scene in GlenGary Glen Ross. The top salesman (Pacino or SRT here) is absent but the other 3 get shit from baldwin (sounds like GC out here). GC looks like Lemmon; nice guy Ed HArris is VVS and clueless Arkin is like ZK.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 10:36  

  • **Correction** GC vs SG/ZK/VVS reminds me of that famous Alec baldwin scene in GlenGary Glen Ross. The top salesman (Pacino or SRT here) is absent but the other 3 get shit from baldwin (sounds like GC out here). SG looks like Lemmon - living of past success; nice guy Ed HArris is VVS and clueless Arkin is like ZK.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 10:37  

  • JW should join a hedge fund. He is the master of timing.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 10:39  

  • jat_in_ny....i dont think GC has any issues with VVS. i think the negative vibes that VVS referred to was about SG.
    I think the guys in trouble are SG, ZK, AN

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 10:39  

  • Read Sanjay Jha's article and had only one question to ask him: Why is it wrong for a coach to voice his opinion about a player, if the opinion is not favorable?

    Mr. Jha talks about backstabbing while convinently forgetting SG's now-famous stunt of confessing on TV. Wonder what would Jha call that!!!

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 10:39  

  • shyam, and your "reliable source" for this info on VVS being..?

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 10:44  

  • Pawar, the Union Agriculture Minister, said Srinivasan had been taken in the marketing committee on his recommendation. "I wanted him. He had been sidelined for long."

    Meaning he needs to fill his coffers as he has been lurkin around for long

    On his inclusion in the same committee, Pawar said though he was initially not inclined to be a part of it, he later agreed following requests from the members.

    What political BS!!!!

    By Blogger csh, at 10:45  

  • Ruchir.. u prolly have got it wrong on SG's confession.He was only confriming something that had been 'leaked'out.And ..no not to HB but earlier in the press meet.This part of the GC-SG saga,I think has been more or less confirmed,beaten to death and now the least it deserves is a decent burial

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 10:45  

  • I could not agree more with with Sanjay Jha has said!

    I mean seriously, to think of it what has this GC contributed to Indian cricket till now apart from some ludicrous media-savvy exercises like making cricketers wearing different colured hats and stuff?

    Even when SG was not there (to disturb his scheme of things as GC would claim) in SL, we were all confused by the "imaginative" innovations that were on display. People were shunted up and down the batting order, confidence of Bhajji was ruined, VSehwag lost his form - all GS has done is to unsettle the cohesive unit that SG has bult over the years...

    Yes, SG has many faults - he is definitely not the goody-goody man of Indian cricket. But his faults have not grown overnight - overall he is the same man who has contributed so much as a player and as a captain to Indian cricket.

    You can surely surely question his form - but I don't think anybody can question his attitude. E.g. GC has said SG creates divisions in the camp.....what???? I mean SG is perhaps the only captain India has had who has backed players based on pure merit. Yes, he has had a fascination for backing certain players more than others. But it was definitely not because they were his cronies - all of those had superlative talent and look how HS, VS, YS, MF, ZK, AN etc have delivered now.

    All GC wants is a submissive captain who can dance to his team. And he knows that whatever SG is - surely he does not qualify for adjective 'submissive'.

    There cannot be two Big Bosses in the same team - now let us see which tiger remains to see the day!

    My fear is that it will be difficult to place the blame on a 'Firang' and in this time of politics (where BCCI seems to have taken a stance even before hearing SG's side of the story), SG might get the sack :-(

    That will be the sad end of the most pathbreaking era in Indian cricket...AND SADLY for the entirely wrong reasons...

    By Blogger Come on India!, at 10:46  

  • mockturtle,
    my reliable source: "pure guesswork"
    :)

    By Blogger Thirdman, at 10:48  

  • The report about the e-mail appeared this morning in a leading Bengali daily 'Ananda Bazar Patrika'.


    Now i am totally confused. So TOI is suggesting that the news was leaked to Patrika which is Bengali paper of same group which owns Telegraph. Telegraph as we all know is Jaggu and SG mouthpiece.
    So why these two or anyone from their camp will leak something derogatory about Gang ? Or jaggu has given up on SG and dont want his Bengali brothers to blame him for not saving SG?

    By Blogger Vick, at 10:48  

  • BBC sports speculates :

    "Ganguly's stature in part explains his indignation with Chappell, but why does the coach, just four months into the job, want to change his captain?

    It could be Ganguly's deteriorating batting record - but it could also be the result of antipathy towards Ganguly that exists in Australian cricket.

    It has its origins in a 2001 series when Ganguly accused Australia of "schoolboy" behaviour after a tetchy Test series which India came from behind to win.

    Opposite number Steve Waugh accused him of disrespectfully turning up late for the toss "seven times", and Ganguly countered by saying he had been "put off" by his "complaining" opponents. "

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 10:49  

  • ravi:

    My bad, if I got it wrong. But the point still stands. If Jha calls GC a back stabber then what would he call SG, since it was SG who first came out with private conversation of being asked to step down.

    Anyways, you are right. This issue needs a decent burial, although that seems highly unlikely with big and small bits coming out every day.... :-))

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 10:52  

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    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 10:54  

  • vick..first of all...JD, before leaking, would have come to know about it only from Mahendra. And did you read what Mahendra said about Saurav?..that also doesnt make sense.

    But JD(along with Mahendra) could have leaked it to create public sympathy etc. He could also have done this to postpone the AGM..notice the reason given was that there are more important matters that need immediate attention....and a consensus has been reached by the two factions. Now what imp matters are they referring to?

    By Blogger worma, at 10:55  

  • >>yeah Worma its all quite confusing. And repelling in the nature too for fans. This crap needs to be sorted out soon. Lay off one of these and settle the deal.

    By Blogger Vick, at 11:01  

  • yeah...lets wait for 27th...ohh wait...maybe there's another 'leak' coming our way....and then soundbites from those important personalities of the past....and then reactions on those....bites from SG, GC, SRT, RD...wow....I dont think I can take in all this :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 11:08  

  • hey guys:
    followed the news on TV on and off. All the past players seemed to have passed their verdict: bye bye Saurav.
    ne ways saw some past player say that the same thing was said by Wright before resigning. just couldn't recognise the guy today.
    ne ways the timing of the leak is intersting. if it was emailed 3 days back as reported... y the leak today?
    it seems SG/RD and GC have become the pawns in BCCI politics for last 12 months

    By Blogger aditya, at 11:18  

  • i read chappell interview. its brillian. he actually is trying to come up with a measurement matrix. as jack welsh would tell you, thats absolutely necessary for leading a team.
    the best part is, he is coming up with a matrix which involves not only the basic skills but the intangibles as well. I hope they keep chappell and let him do his thing.
    a leader like ganguly is good when things have reached absolute nadir, i.e. the match-fixing controversy etc.. but to take indian cricket forward we need a leader who is big on method and performance is the ultimate criteria.
    i am sure if they keep training the way they are (i.e. what chappell claims) things are bound to improve. the questions is whether he'll get a free hand or not

    By Blogger criclogic, at 11:19  

  • Guys,

    Here is the translation of the article that appeared in Ananadabazar patrika. I have tried to separate the papers comments from what any of the principals have mentioned.

    *********************************************************************************************
    GC has indicated in strong terms that he does not want SG as captain. This is expressed in a 6 page email sent to RS Mahendra within hours of GC and SG’s public patch up. For the first time in world history, a coach has come out in writing against the team captain.

    The email makes the following main complaints about SG

    1) SG is desperate to retain leadership in the team --he has created rifts and groups within the team to accomplish this
    2) Physical and mental fitness of SG is not up to par.
    3) He has lost the his teammates trust and confidence.
    4) SG provides imagined /feigned injuries as excuses.
    5) If 2007 WC is the goal, then SG’s outlook and attitude is far from ideal.
    6) SG does not follow through with training /regimen programs set for him

    As per the report, despite the win in the test series, the team is divided with RD, AK, and several others siding with GC while HS, ZK, and possibly VS are in SG’s corner. The faction livid with GC has already spoken with Gavaskar in Harare while the faction in favor of GC has already spoken with Ravi Shastri in Harare. A situation has developed which is reminiscent of the rifts that were present during the SG-Kapil and Azzu-SRT eras.

    When SG was contacted by the paper he responded by saying “I have heard of the email. What I need to say, I shall say to the board. Hopefully, the Board will give me a chance to explain my position”.

    Within trusted circles, SG has been furious about the issue saying “this speaks volumes about the character of any person who writes such an email within hours of publicly making up”.

    SG is particularly furious about the insinuation about a so-called “divide and rule” policy. He has confided to a close friend in Harare:
    In 5 years of captaining the team I have never heard this accusation. The practice of regionalism and favoritism in selection ended during my tenure as captain. Even my harshest critics cannot complain that I back players out of regional favoritism. Yet GC, who hasn’t been with the team for more than a few days, suddenly arrives at the conclusion that I am creating groups to hold on to my captaincy.

    Speaking with trusted people, SG has opined that “he couldn’t ever imagine GC behaving like this in such a short time”.

    The paper adds that it is well known that RD and other senior players wanted Tom Moody as coach while SG wanted GC. In fact Steve Waugh wanted SG to choose Moody, not GC. Waugh had warned SG in Calcutta that SG was making a mistake by backing GC’s candidacy, a warning that SG must be remembering now.

    Although SG would not comment to the paper, the paper has learnt from a reliable source that SG has already gathered his fitness and progress report cards (that will refute the allegations) from the training staff to bolster his defense.

    The article surmises that it is obvious both parties have lost faith and confidence in each other and working together in the future will be a problem. The question is who will have to leave ?

    Which in turn raises the question (as per the paper) – what is the actual problem ? Sourav backers say it is definitely strange that a person who has managed the team well over the past 5 years has turned bad overnight. The same people point out that anti SG comments were made by GC as far back as Colombo, where SG was not even the captain.

    SG’s personal opinion (again expressed to his trusted circle) is that the problem stems from the question –who is the actual boss ? And it is this main issue that has led to other issues.

    This theory has been supported by several other people in the know, all of whom have indicated that the main problem is one related to leadership issues.

    As per the paper’s sources, problems between the 2 reached a boiling point in Zimbabwe and was characterized by a few high pitched exchanges between the two. One of these (in front of VVS) got to a point that SG told GC that the latter would do well to learn ODI’s batting from the former.

    The rest of the article (1.5 paragraphs) talks about which way Team India will go – Chappel way or Sourav Ave, the review on September 27th and asks who will sit in judgment – Mahendra or Pawar etc. It mentions that the team returns to India on Friday night.

    *********************************

    By Blogger kban1, at 11:28  

  • come on india:

    1. SG has many faults and they did not come overnight. True. They were alwyas there and it was board and coach's fault, then, to not force him to correct them. Earlier, team was successful and these faults were hidden. But with time, they have become more prominent and have become a liability on the team. Faults like lazy fielding, horrible running between wkts, unable to play chest-high balls, poking at balls outside off etc. etc. He still has a chance in Test team, but in ODIs, he has no place. Among the many weak links in ODI team, he is the weakest, hence he has to go.

    2. People were shunted up and down the batting order... Hhhmmm. Let me see. VS always batted at # 1 in SL, so he lost his form being shunted??? When SG came he always pened with VS, so he was devastated being shunted? RD always batted on # 4 or 5 (his usual spot). So, he too lost his form being shunted? YS was tried at # 3, 4, 5 and MK was tried at # 2, 5, 6. Incidently RD, YS and MK were among the Top 4 scorers of that tournament and you think they were confused with the shunting???

    3. All GC wants is a submissive captain... I think GC wants a captain who does not have to resort to politics to stay in the team. GC wants a captain who selects himself in the team automatically.

    4. My fear is that it will be difficult to place the blame on a 'Firang'.... I think you should rephrase it and say it will be difficult to place the blame on a coach pointing out true problems in a player....

    Just my personal opinion... :-)

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 11:35  

  • Hi Criclogic, It is indeed impressive when Chappell talks about measurement matrix of physical and mental fitness, situational awareness and other such bombastic phrases. It makes him, IMO, a superlative coach ideal for the.... Indian *under-19* team.
    Let's switch him over to take over directorship of the NCA and target WC'2011.
    I'd wager a dollar... that many if not most of ICC world ODI/Test squad will not meet Chappell's criteria but will continue to be match winners for their countries.
    More later...

    By Blogger Prasad, at 11:59  

  • Just a sneaky suspicion that the next indian player to whine or to point to the lack of a congenial vibe within the dressing room as in the footsteps of VVS, Ganguly and Zaheer Khan will be Virender Sehwag. Stay tuned...

    By Blogger Prasad, at 12:09  

  • Avinash,

    It is refreshing to have found one australian with nothing but for India at heart.

    The problem is we have to find at least one Indian to match that.

    By Blogger CrickTip, at 12:26  

  • If people think that GC's problem is with SG and if SG goes, everything will be fine and India will be back on the path of victory, then they are sadly mistaken. GC has already pointed out many playes. So they will go too, may be gradually. That will create mistrust amongst other players who will find it hard to concentrate on their game. My personal opinion is that in the future, there will be problem between GC and SRT. SRT has not been the same for the past few years. After his prolonged fitness issues, whenever he comes back, if he can't meet GC's demand, then there will be problems. Will wait to see how people react then. I don't see anything good happening in Indian cricket in the near future. The team had hit rock bottom before GC had taken over. Now he has even managed to create groups within the team and instead of trying to repair the problem, has taken a completely opposite route. I doubt how long the likes of VVS and Kumble are going to survive and how they cope with GC's fitness regime.

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 12:40  

  • SG has many faults which are known to all. If India had bowled halfway decently in the videocon cup finals against NZ, and won it who in their right mind would care about which of GC's criteria are met by our players. Its the winning guys..its the winning. RD (basically being a cricket nerd) and GC will make a great combination for India since both are basically process-driven. However, a major requirement for being captain of Team India is an insatiable appetite to ingest a humoungous amount of BS from the media, fans, administrators and selectors. To be captain of India more than a heart you need a strong liver which can detoxify all the hatred thrown at you. That SG has, RD doesn't as we will soon discover after he is anointed as captain. My sense is that SG being captain and taking all this sh*t from all and sundry has allowed others in the team to flourish. Kaif, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Pathan, Khan, Nehra, Bhajji, Rahul (who BTW became a really good ODI player only from March APril 2002). Ah ! The great soap opera that Indian cricket is.

    By Blogger Prasad, at 12:48  

  • Dead on Dadagiri ! re:"My personal opinion is that in the future, there will be problem between GC and SRT. "

    By Blogger Prasad, at 12:52  

  • Prasad,
    Not only SG, but JW along with RD, SRT, AK has built this team over a period of past 5 years and as SG repeatedly keeps saying that the same set of players have given you so much success. Now a new coach comes and within a month (2 month if you take the actual time it came out in the media, it must have come out much earlier in the dressing room) he tells the captain that he must step down and hint at few other players too. And I am telling you that those includes HS, AN, VS, ZK. How are they going to feel? And have GC already identified their replacements? Since GC is not willing to give them more than a month, how much time should we give him? Or when it comes to coach, then he's as good as his players? So keep chopping and changing the team and hope and pray that the coach has got the midas touch. And what if he doesn't? Has Woomer and Moody gone for wholesome changes in their team? GC was a much better cricketer than both Woomer and Moody, but may be he should learn a thing or two from them about managing the team. Do you wonder now why Steve Waugh had felt that Moody will be a better choice?

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 13:01  

  • Dadagiri,

    All these australians with all good at heart for India. I am overwhelmed.

    May be Waugh thought that Greg would be too good help for Ganguly batting so just to cross him up, recommend Moody.

    By Blogger CrickTip, at 13:50  

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    Are you referring to yourself as a mosquito. You are smarter than I thought.

    By Blogger RM, at 15:08  

  • Prem ..... The Pakis will be soon be crying foul. I just cant see how Inzaman can make it to the playing XI. We have Flintoff at 6, Boucher at 7 and the four 4 bowlers will make it 11. The top 5 pick themselves ..... Sehwag , Smith, Dravid, Lara and Kallis. I cant see how any COACH / CAPTAIN can pick with their right minds can pick Inzi over Dravid / Kallis or Rahul. Your Take

    By Blogger indCric, at 16:19  

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