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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

A million mutinies now

Rohit Brijnath, in the Hindu, has Top>his own take on recent upheavals in Team India.
In all of this, one point jumps out -- the issue of long term captaincy of this side has to be decided -- irrespective of what the decision is -- immediately after the Zimbabwe tour ends. If only because the longer this drags on, the more this team will get fractured, and the more difficult the rebuilding process is going to be.


  • Prem...did you see this interview...nice one....SG himself implies that captaincy should be decided for long term...dunno when this int was done..but sometime during this tour

    By Blogger worma, at 14:31  

  • Such hamesha Kadwa hotha hai Seems to be very true in SG's case. He could not face the truth. Well in my opinion he is pulling the team down along with himself. I was saying the exact thing said in the article about short memory. people will remember him for the wrong reasons rather than the good he has brought to this team? As fans We can only sit and watch this happen I guess....

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 14:41  

  • Absolutely agree with Sriram, u taken the words out of my mouth couldn't have expressed it better.....

    By Blogger Bedoon_Esam, at 14:43  

  • Sriram, before long, there'll be lots of people saying that Rohit Brijnath hates SG weep sob!! So, forget repeating your opinions, the knives will be out.

    By Blogger Toney, at 14:53  

  • worma: Coincidentally, just got done reading that.
    Yeah, I think everyone expects it. My fear though is, delay will kick in. First, the BCCI will appoint the selection committee -- which I expect to happen September 23.
    Then the committee will want to review things, and talk to the captain and coach and my uncle Tom, and so the days will drag on.
    My preference would be, make appointing the captain, vice captain etc top priority, get it out of the way before October 1.
    Then sit with captain and coach, review the two tours so far in terms of performance.
    Draw up two lists -- an A list of those 16, 18 players the committee, captain and coach believe are on the radar for upcoming series and a B-list, maybe the same number of players, who are seen as the most likely of the young contenders/future prospects.
    And finally, get the lot into one intensive camp, that puts equal emphasis on fitness and skills -- and get all the players to understand that experimentation, fun and games are over; that here on, you shape up or get shipped out.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 15:00  

  • IMO the only way any good can happen to indian cricket and gang himself is if he honestly accepts (ie if has not done so already)that he has a problem and works on it. he can then come back as a player, atlest for the ODI's and mabbe 2007 WC could be final frontier for the trinity

    By Blogger JD, at 15:01  

  • Well Toney I would have said the same thing if it was any one else who behaved like this I do not care if its SG or SRT or RD or anyone. Team spirit is something which the leader needs to show. He cannot go about breaking it. The following is pure speculation
    Hey I get a strange feeling that SG might have heard from some reliable source that he is gonna be dropped May be he is trying disintegrate the team into opposite factions to prevent that from happenning or the get back at the mgmt for deciding to drop him. I hope and sincerely pray its not that.......

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 15:04  

  • jd I thought he has been 'accepting' it for a while now?

    Prem, agreed with the scheduling...but is it really going to be delayed? The performance review committee on 27th would probably give their verdict on the captain that day...the selectors, IMO would act on that verdict(in fact gladly so, knowing that they dont have to take the blame or burden for that decision), unless otherwise 'instructed', in terms of appointing the captain. I would still think this should be over before the end of the month?...but ofcourse you know their functioning better :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 15:06  

  • worma: logic indicates it wont be, but that I guess is the residue of 8 years on this beat, when it comes to the bcci, you first figure out what the logical thing to do is, then you place your bets on the exact opposite coz that is what they likely will do :-)

    No, wasn't saying delays will happen; merely, fingers crossed that it does not.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 15:09  

  • At another level, starting tomorrow -- today is my EDC's last day here, and we still need to lock a few things down -- I think I will revert to the regular form of this blog; posting stories that interest me as opposed to getting enmeshed in this perennial wrangle.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 15:11  

  • off to work, more later

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 15:11  

  • worma
    if he had "accepted it" dont u think a player like him would have worked it out by now?

    By Blogger JD, at 15:13  

  • jd...dunno mate...I thought he tried most of the things....domestic game...county...he made decent runs there....there so much he can visibly do..outside the actual match action....dont you think he would be working on it in the nets also? ...btw I dont think his problem is as much technical (short ball etc)....he was never great in playing those....and his capacity to negotiate those has diminished probably in same proportion as his capacity to play all other shots.....so its more of a form, confidence....runs/hit in the middle....that kind of problem...and accepting it still doesnt mean he would be 'out of it' suddenly....he does seem to be getting more comfortable....whether its enough or not is a separate question.

    By Blogger worma, at 15:43  

  • Prelude: Ganguly is in a midst of, ‘an alarming dip in personal form’ and many question his place ('battling extinction').

    From the interview: He would like the selectors to choose the captain up to the WC. He feels his captaincy instincts (esp. in tactical selections) would be to the team's advantage even if Dravid was made captain. India must get its act right, starting now, for the next WC campaign (much like WC2003).

    According to him, some players (including himself) have been playing for their places ("fear factor"); instead the batsmen need to "play freely" as SR is crucial in ODIs. Players are not reading the game well enough (e.g. failing to accelerate or getting bogged down). He feels the same personnel can be successful again (i.e. work with struggling players to regain the winning mentality). The batsmen must be retained for at least 2 series to give them confidence. The team must develop a winning formula. Here he notes that Greg has been able to channel his ideas for the ODI game through changing the team's approach.

    He feels that Sachin and himself have earned the 'staying' rights due to their experiences. He feels his own performances have suffered because he is not an opener. That has meant that he is not prominent in terms of scoring hundreds or matching-winning innings. And he feels he let the team down against Pakistan. Otherwise his form is similar to others in the team, where both junior and seniors have struggled with consistency since the Pak tour in 2004.

    Personally speaking, there needs to be radical thinking about the team composition. Tough decisions need to be taken, perhaps with guidance from Greg (fitness, fielding, discipline, etc). I agree that SR are crucial, hence I would choose more aggressively inclined, big- match batsmen. Any player who plays for his place should be automatically benched.

    By Blogger IssaicN, at 17:30  

  • Hey Toney, the SG supporters know the difference between a Rohit Brijnath and a Ruchir Joshi. They also can distinguish between comments about SG's cricketing woes and other gossips about SG that are not guaranteed mathematical equations.

    By Blogger Jai, at 17:41  

  • ah mate, glad to know you are alive :)
    Leave Joshi alone too, just a request. I mean, he is entitled to his opinions just as we all are...

    By Blogger Toney, at 18:31  

  • Don't worry. I am leaving him alone. Have you seen me posting much or questioning his posts? But since you tried to ignite the fire (instead of just giving your opinion. I think that jib was not necessary), I thought I should reply and show you the difference. Even Bhogle the other day wrote about Ganguly's sunset. Have you seen anyone calling Bhogle anti-SG till date? Nope.

    By Blogger Jai, at 18:54  

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