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Friday, October 07, 2005

Elbows come and go(-worma)

Ok..poor title :-)...but here, the fit one heard from
The team members and coach (Chappell) are together and would remain so though there can be different views. It is like in a family where the members are having different views. But by this, it cannot be said there is no unity in the team
I leave it to you to believe him or not. He also promotes the case for a media manager for the team. A permanent and 'active' one.

And the faulty one heard about. Here's the gist of it
Ganguly's fitness test was supervised by John Gloster, the Indian team physio, and Dr Anant Joshi, the chief of the Indian board's medical panel. "Gloster and Dr Joshi examined the injury and also studied the MRI report,
. I leave this one also upto you to believe or not, since not much related to SG is accepted these days.

Interestingly, Kaif is named as India seniors captain for Challenger. Which may indicate that he is one of the candidates in the radar for being groomed for future captaincy? Otherwise a simple 'way out' could have been to ask SRT to 'fill up' the role.

Also Satyajit Parab replaces SG in seniors team, and Yusuf Pathan gets his place in B squad.

12 Comments:

  • kaif huh? so all this talk about sehwag being the successor is washed away. just curious, why was sehwag the vc to RD whenever SG was out? is it because sehwag is out to play ICC superseries?

    By Blogger Mayur, at 10:23  

  • mayur...I think if VS was there he wud have been made the captain. He is surely one of the future candidates in the minds of selectors etc. Whether he blows his chances or keeps them alive is another thing. Kaif's appointment means that he is also in the radar. Thats all.

    By Blogger worma, at 10:26  

  • mayur, worma - You guys are thinking logically. Kaif was made the captain because someone thought it up as SG was declared unfit. You are discussing it like the BCCI actually do these things with a plan. I mean hasn't VVSL been the captain of A teams and ROI team for a while now. That has mean't nothing.

    By Blogger Gopalblog, at 10:31  

  • gopalblog...at one point of time..when VVSL was in prime touch in both forms...he was a candidate for captaincy...(sure..RD was ahead...so what..hes ahead of VS also)...and then he went down...and now is struggling to get to the top of his game as a batsman...so captaincy chances (if any) blown away....but I dont think it was outright illogical....I dont think the selectors (some of which are intelligent cricketers of their times) are that illogical....dont confuse it with the BCCI administration....the selectors are not part of it...sure they may be influenced by the bosses...but they are still not actually part of that mis-management team.

    Now VVSL is teh captain because he is in A squad...and with experinnce of captaincy etc etc...so they asked him to do the 'filler' role (as I said, they could have asked SRT to do the filler role for seniors had they not had something in mind for kaif)

    By Blogger worma, at 10:37  

  • @worma
    i was so looking forward to support vvs team and was so eager to see SG lose - now im so sad becoz i dunno whom to support ;-)

    By Blogger GK, at 12:12  

  • I think it is too early to be looking at people like Kaif. He should have been made the captain of the B side (the one containing the youngest players) as that is the generation of guys he's likely to captain. I think it's a little silly to ask him to captain a team that has Tendulkar and Kumble. I think if SG were to quit or be released, RD is the obvoius choice, but the prime candidate for vice-captain ought to be Laxman. Unlike the likes of VS, MK and YS, his sole claim to that post is not being a regular member of the side. Laxman has had the experience of captaining India A and ROI sides (as someone pointed out) and in those outings has shown himself to be an excellent strategist (the only other Indian strategist I can think of was Shastri; somehow, strategy doesn't seem to be a big factor when the Indian captain is picked) . In fact, I remember him captaining India A in a 5-game series against Australia-A. The series featured most of the players of today - Kaif, Murali Karthik, Balaji, Yuvraj (not sure about this one) for India and Lee, Clarke, Symmonds for Australia. The Australians seemed far more talented, especially in the batting department (surprisingly), but the series was kept close thanks to some imaginative captaincy from Laxman, assisted by excellent bowling from Karthik. In fact, one of the commentators was Ian Chappell, who couldn't stop raving about Laxman's captaincy. VVS's best attribute seemed to be field placings, as it took him only a few balls of watching a batsman to set a unique field for him, trapping him more often than not. His fields were definitely not the regulation fields set by most captains, but aggressive ones with innovative positions. I think RD and VVS will form a pretty good think-tank.

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 12:45  

  • gk,

    Barring some excellent play from Tendulkar or the other India seniors or any of the India B juniors, Laxman will outfox Kaif and Mongia, of this I have very little doubt.

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 12:47  

  • @alvin
    kumble is not in the team MK is captaining. SRT was the only other option - and wud u want a captain who has twice failed at it, by all accounts is/was reluctant at it and just recovering from injury ??

    By Blogger GK, at 12:47  

  • yep..gk I agree..SRT was the only other option..and as I said..that would have meant a 'filler' option....I think by asking Kaif to handle it, the selectors are obviously hinting at being open minded......it doesnt mean they are looking for him as an option right now.....it can be next in line (after RD....lets say an option along with VS...when that time comes)....I think its a good move

    and yes..VVS can indeed earn another recall in the team with good performance :-)....esp look out for the often given reason called 'experience'..since SG may not be there

    By Blogger worma, at 13:36  

  • gk, I know that SRT's captaincy was havily criticised but I see no reason for him failing again. The last time he was captain, I believe he had very little support from the BCCI, selectors, even his own team (the height of match-fixing was in SRT's tenure and the two main culprits - Azhar and Jadeja were 2 of the seniormost players). He has a lot of cricketing intelligence and the respect of his current teammates. I don't think the BCCI would go too wrong with him at the helm, though Dravid deserves to be the first choice.

    As for Kaif, he really isn't captaincy material. Just because someone is doing well as a cricketer, we immediately talk about him being the next captain. Case in point is Sehwag, who is the worst possible choice for captain. He's in the Kapil Dev mode of "yeh planning-vanning kya hai, bas khelo yaar". Surely a bumpkin like that can't keep up with the Buchanans and the Flemings of this world. I don't see anyone from the young generation of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Kaif, Harbhajan, etc as smart enough to be captains. The dropoff from the batch of Tendulkar-Kumble-Dravid-Laxman to the batch of Yuvraj-Kaif-Sehwag-Bhajji is too drastic in terms of

    I'm sure Dravid or Laxman can stay on until the genreation of Rayudu and Dhawan make their mark. The current bacthc of youngsters in the team doesn't contain one guy fit enough to be captain.

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 16:24  

  • I read in Deccan Herals that SRT was offered the captiancy and he rejected it and hence the captiancy was offered to Kaif

    By Blogger Deepak Anekal, at 01:06  

  • Dravid as test Captain and Sewag as vice captain,and Kaif as ODI captain would be the way to move forward.

    By Blogger Nearly Man, at 02:51  

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