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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Outlook is bleak

G Rajaraman's summation, in the latest Outlook cover, basically nails up all the ducks in a pretty neat row, without adding new winkles to the debate.
The central points are both beyond debate: patch-up or no, there is no way Chappell and Ganguly will be able to work together with any degree of trust; and secondly, isn't it time the BCCI, which expects the team to operate to certain standards, is held accountable by, and to, the same standards?
Sure, boss, you got it bang on. Now all you, and the rest of us, need to do is figure out how to bell that particular cat. To hold the BCCI accountable requires a change, a drastic revision, from its constitution on up. Such a revision can only be done by the BCCI itself -- which has a vested interest in preserving the status quo.
I believe a guy called Joseph Heller wrote a book about this type of phenomenon: Catch 22, he called it.


  • The allegations by Ganguly on Chappell are equally serious.

    Can anyone verify who went out to toss on the day 1 of test 1? Anyone who saw it on TV could comment on this.

    The other issue of GC sleeping during the game (unless he was sleeping while Saurav scored that brilliant dazzling hundred :-) - it could have been done to irritate him ROFLOL!)

    From the email by GC it is clear that he did talk to the team members about GC;s injuries and that was incorrect. People management insists that the manager does not do that and should insist on team members to not talk behind a colleague's back (unless he was taking a peer review during the appraisal process).

    GC does seem to be poor on people management. If anyone had visited his website and looked at his coaching material you will realize that all that is bound to put people like Bhajji, Nehra, Zaheer etc to sleep. Too much of theoretical stuff there. :-)

    To sum up - the team is left with a poor captain and a bad coach - and worse, these two are at loggerheads.

    *Not even God can save this team* (Read Rajni style after translating to Tamil)

    By Blogger vshan, at 11:16  

  • "Granted that there would be pressure on Ganguly, but now that he would have nothing to lose, what if he were to score heavily in these 12 matches?"

    Even a die-hard optimistic Ganguly fan will not dream of this happenning. Do you think that Ganguly has it in him to correct his technique and temperament at this stage of his career...nah...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 11:26  

  • vsha, I do not agree on your "People Management" observation. Given a choice, our team in it's comfort zone will not train, will not practice and WILL LOOSE. Team India needs a shake up. GC is the right man for the job. People Management be damned. If Bhajji, Nehra, Zaheer etc are put to sleep, then, so be it. Team india does not need them anyway. Atleast not Zaheer...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 11:30  

  • Shatru would say:
    KHAAMOSH!!! Ullu ke pillu. Main team jalaa kar tabah-o-nestanabood kar dunga.

    Dharmendra would say:
    Haraa****de, ku**e, main team ko chodunga nahin. Maa kasam, team ka khoon pe jaungaa.

    Rajesh Khanna would say:
    Babu Moshaye, Ab to team gayi, ree....

    Meshto Mukherji would say:
    E-hain, Baag mein khilinga, khilinga ek gulaab.
    Saaki, team ko pilaa de ek pyalaa Julaab.

    Amitabh would say:
    Aye, tum kya kartaa hai, hain? Hum salaa yahan team ko khallas karne ko ayaa hai aur tum hum ko hi aankh dikha raha hai?

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 11:30  

  • vshan, SG said GC went for toss in a 'practise game'.....this wud be the one in which top three got century...and SG allegedly ran away from terrifying bowling when second new ball was taken :-)

    I also noticed that Prem earlier said this isn't possible in a game, as it invalidates it. Irrespective of whether there is such a rule or not, let me remind everyone that this was *not* a first class fixture ( remember, they agreed to play 12-13 players in each side before the start, making it a 'friendly' game of sorts).

    By Blogger worma, at 12:48  

  • ruchir:
    Shakti Kapoor: aaaaoooo band baj gaya

    Gulshan Grover: Dil garden garden ho gaya

    Padmini Kolhapure: Team to bhagwan kay liye chhod do

    Sunny Deol: Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    (since all my jat_bro does is scream)

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 14:31  

  • the keshto mukherjee dialogue is a classic.the other are great too.how about one from the (of late)less vocal dada - mithun?

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 15:46  

  • The article linked in this entry does not carry G. Rajaraman's byline, contrary to the claim made. It does, however, provide a link to Rajaraman's article at the bottom of the page.

    By Blogger Ritu, at 22:30  

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