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Monday, September 26, 2005

Manjrekar weighs in

On my way out the door -- this blog's door, that is, and back to work -- I stumbled on this column by Sanjay Manjrekar, that frames the situation this way: There are two roads Indian cricket can possibly take, and the time to decide is now. It's worth a read, and some thought; of all that he said, this one line is true not just for the current chaos, but as a leitmotif of our administration:
Ironically, we find the simple way too difficult.

Too true. Common sense, it sometimes seems, is wrongly named -- it is none too common a commodity.
PostScript: Now, really off to work. Unless something major breaks in the interim, further updates four, five hours down the line. Adios, guys


  • It is clear to see where the public opinion lies... but who care about it?

    By Blogger Kannan, at 12:56  

  • Very perceptive article, and the important point here is that the board now has to choose between backing a professional (Chappell) and an amateur with VVIP connections (Ganguly).

    By Blogger nikhil viswanathan, at 13:06  

  • I think we have too many high hopes abput this review. They will meet ... talk ... and talk to GC and SG and finally agree to talk some more in the next few weeks.. and the end of the day will amke some damaga control statements and everyone will say (except GC) that they were misquoted etc etc... final solution will be to patch uup and phase Gangs out slowly .. coz he has the support (VVIP) and GC has the moral high ground...

    By Blogger @mit, at 13:14  

  • my bets nothing will happen. gavaskar now a days is nothing but a chaatu...

    By Blogger tombaan, at 13:20  

  • The last line in Manjrekar's article is incomplete in my opinion. The addition in bold text below is mine, makes the statement suitably complete:

    For, you are talking of those players who found much of their success or the lack thereof the Ganguly way.

    By Blogger Multy, at 13:27  

  • Do you truly want a real change after this inevitable fracas? Dalmiya, Dungarpur, Mahendra and Pawar need to be sacked and cricketers of unquestionable standing (like Manjrekar for one) need to come to the fore.

    Whether the board sack Ganguly or Chappell or worse yet, admonish both and ask them to kiss and make up (which looks the most likely scenario to me) will not cause any difference. It is a'time will heal' approach, but the healing here is convalescing the team back to mediocrity.

    The administration needs clean up first as they have to make very crucial decisions. The rest will automatically follow. If I am not mistaken, the President of India is an honorary chairperson of the BCCI. Isn't this a situation that warrants his "emergency" powers?

    By Blogger TFFY, at 13:34  

  • Prem, it is good line from Manjrekar. Then he ended the article with this

    'For, you are talking of those players who found much of their success the Ganguly way.'

    which is a counter to what you listed.

    By Blogger CrickTip, at 13:39  

  • Multy: Which player according to you did NOT find success under Ganguly ?

    By Blogger Prasad, at 14:39  

  • Multy: Let me change that to "Which player according to you did NOT find success under Ganguly with Wright as coach ?

    By Blogger Prasad, at 14:40  

  • We have to be professional in outlook while phasing out the seniors. Agreed some seniors may have a couple of years of good cricket left in them but do we wait till they are out. You have to blood youngsters from time to time else by the time SG, SRT, RD, AK retire the new guys may not be able to step up to the plate and again it will be a cycle of rebuilding where India loses everything for a couple of years.
    Prasad - It might not be a question of not finding success but not being as succesful as they ought to have been - eg. Kaif, Yuvraj, Laxman, Badani, Dinesh Mongia, Murali Kartik.

    By Blogger silent observer, at 16:02  

  • Prasad, Silent Observer pretty much answered your question. I was mostly talking about the overall success and also referring more to the recent two years of dismal failures (after the high we had in the World Cup). Also, some of the players he backs seems to not delivering either; e.g. whatever happened to Harbhajan? It speaks volumes when a Sehwag is taking 4 wickets on a spinning track and Harbhajan has very mediocre figures.

    By Blogger Multy, at 16:17  

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