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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Magnetic poles

One thing the recent fuss about captaincy and related issues has done, seemingly, is to polarise large chunks of the media into pro- and anti- camps. Arun Sivasankaran, in the Hindustan Times, wears his heart on his sleeve; it's pretty hard to miss his inclinations and preference in this piece.
It is just one match of a long series, and so much can happen before the series is played out, but Indian cricket seems to have hit upon the right man. Dravid is never going to let the world know how much hair he has on his chest, and one can safely assume that he will play within the rules, both the mental games as well as the real ones on the field, but he lacks nothing by way of passion. Don't go by the soft looks.
It is not usual for a bowler to be taken off after he had taken an important wicket in his last over, but that is just what Dravid did with Sehwag who had lured Sangakkara into hitting a return catch. With a right-hander coming into the middle, it made sense to deny him the opportunity to hit with the spin. In an age when captaincy by rote is the rule; here was a leader actually dictating play in the middle, knowing just when to press hard and when to wait for things to happen. Surely, the selectors are not going to bring back Sourav as captain, not after watching such an assured and mature display.

11 Comments:

  • After the public spat between chappel and ganguly, siding with Dravid for captaincy does sound natural and in tune with the team well being. Much as i woulld like to see ganguly as a batsmen shine again, he is in a situation, mostly due to himself, where his very presence doesn't bode well for the team dynamics.

    By Blogger Realms, at 11:09  

  • Let's not forget that the spat was between SG and GC, the team was not involved. SG has played with this team for many years while GC has just joined the team. If SG deserves to be in the team on merit, then he should be there. It shouldn't depend on whether GC will want him there. Both have to forget the past and work together. If GC plays foul with SG and certain players, then it will only harm Indian cricket in the long run. Lastly, don't forget under SG, we have had many such memorable wins...only to lose the next match. We have always been very inconsistent. So before the fans start celebrating, they should keep in mind that it was just the first match of a 7 match series. There's SA coming, then SL test series, then England, then Pakistan. Let's see how the team performs in the entire season before celebrating too soon.

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 11:25  

  • Well written articlet but couldn't stop himself from taking a swipe at Ganguly. Well to be fair, I wasn't concentrating on Ganguly's chest when Ganguly took his shirt off, I was too busy seeing him waive his shirt like a tricolor.

    I was proud that someone had the guts to show it back to that punk in his country.

    As for Dravid playing by rules, with all due respect, can someone remind me..Who was the player fined for 'Ball Tampering'..Oops That can't be RD, Can he ?

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 11:30  

  • "Let's see how the team performs in the entire season before celebrating too soon"

    If we waited for the whole season, it wouldn't be too soon, would it?

    ;-)

    By Blogger Bala, at 12:10  

  • If Ganguly finds his way back in the team as a player based on form and fitness, then fine. Problem is that if he is made captain, then he will be again be automatically in the team irrespective of performance and that is what some of us are afraid of.

    By Blogger Ashvin Iyengar, at 12:35  

  • I think Ashvin has got it spot on. Ganguly should be allowed a fair run to try and get into the team, unless the captain believes he will hamper team unity (just as Nayan Mongia did), while also giving due credence to the fact that he was a premier batsman for this team. However, I don't think Ganguly should be brought into the team as captain, because he doesn't look like the automatic selection that he once was, and we can't afford to not drop Ganguly when he runs out of form again.

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 13:38  

  • I have bookmarked Arun. Very well written indeed. He sure gave appropriate words to millions of cricket fans across the globe

    By Blogger J, at 14:58  

  • Dadagiri - Performance is always a solid criteria but in any team game before including any player, you always need to ensure team synergy is mind. I am not saying SG should not be included here but GC,RD and selectors must remember that getting SG in should not spoil team spirit. It is a rare practice in cricket outside subcontinent to have ex captains playing.

    By Blogger J, at 15:17  

  • Oracle Guy: That was a below the belt swipe at Dravid there. Yes, he was pulled up, but knowing him (through articles, interviews, etc.) I believe he was wronged.
    Ganguly brought about a welcome change in the image of Indian cricketers, and made them more aggressive, and the shirt-waving is just one instance of that. That was much-needed, and most welcome. The fact is though that he does face a tough time to make it back to the team. If someone states that as a fact, let's not get all childish in our response?

    By Blogger WhistleTV3, at 18:33  

  • @j
    "It is a rare practice in cricket outside subcontinent to have ex captains playing"

    i didnt think you meant to say that
    WI chanderpaul and lara
    SA smith and pollock
    ZIM taibu and streak
    ENG until recently vaughan and hussain also had atherton stewart only recently
    that leaves australia and NZ
    Obviously the subcontinent teams always have a few ex captains arounds

    By Blogger inoc, at 20:51  

  • Whatever you say, there is always this feeling that RD got captaincy via backdoor. He sneaked in and stole it during the chaos. Yes, he has been propped by a large section of the medaia for a long time because they hate SG as he is from Kolkata, from where Dalmia comes.

    It is plain truth. No media man will admit, bit folks this is the truth. this is why SG has been fined umpteenth times for minor issues, he has given out wrongly in match after match as there is a lrge section of cricketing establishment working against SG. It is a pity that we buy into the machinations of outsiders too easily to score our points. SG or RD, GC must be laughing!!

    By Blogger SS, at 21:47  

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