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Monday, October 24, 2005

Team Chappell?

In his Outlook column, Rajaraman seeks to explore the Chappell method of team building. What struck me -- or at least, put numbers to a thought I had, is this bit:
Since the time he took over as coach, the selectors have picked as many as 22 players for ODIs this season. They have blooded rookies Venugopala Rao, Suresh Raina, Rudra Pratap Singh and S. Sreesanth, recalled Jai Prakash Yadav, Ajit Agarkar, Murali Kartik and Gautam Gambhir to the one-day squad and tried out V.V.S. Laxman and Anil Kumble in Sri Lanka. There is promise of more players being given opportunities as Ramesh Powar, Piyush Chawla, Shikhar Dhawan and others nurse genuine hope of being called up.

Somewhere during the course of this upcoming series, it might actually be an interesting exercise, on this blog, to qualitatively assess these 22 players -- after all, what is the point of experimentation without analysis? Let's give it a shot.

3 Comments:

  • Prema:

    The crucial thing is of course the period a newcomer is given the look-in. For example, if Sreesanth plays, and fails in Nagpur (which is a big probability owing to the nature of the wicket) should he be persisted with in the next match? GC also has to balance the team-building process with the fact that India is notoriously short of wins against SL. Every coach likes to brag of victories and I am sure GC is chafing under his collar to tell the media - "Look, we won". Once India gets a few wins under on the tally sheet I'm sure the very public dissection of his methods will lessen to a great degree.

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 12:14  

  • GC wanted to make a decision on the fringe players like Badani, Sriram, Mongia....I dont think he has had the opportunity to make a decision yet. These players have not had any outstanding performances in the recent domestic competitions to warrant a recall. On the same lines AA has been given a chance, so why not these players too.

    By Blogger Vins, at 12:46  

  • Although the exhaustive collection of news links is much appreciated, the lack of any good debates on issues is making the blog a very bland read. I know all the debates are happening in the comments sections. But would be great to hear from you, Prem.

    I know with your wife's situation and offcourse the work it might be a challenge but I am sure you wont want to starve the readers of some good analysis and thoughts of your own.

    By Blogger pg, at 18:38  

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