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Friday, November 18, 2005

Back to square one

In a short period where 8 ODIs were played, we saw first, a rejuvenated Indian team demolish Sri Lanka and thought that the worst was behind. The land oohed and aahed about Tendulkar being at his inspirational best, Dhoni and Pathan donning new roles and Rahul Dravid inspiring the nation with his captaincy. The nation also got an idea about the kind of coach that Chappel is. Then the Proteas land in Hyderbad and give us a dose of reality. We are not there yet but Yuvraj's century and the tail's support show that all's not lost either. But the defeat has also revived the Ganguly saga. The media is flooded with Ganguly titbits. Frankly, there isnt a lot new.

Anand Vasu has his say on Ganguly's imminent comeback. As usual, there are unnamed sources giving information. One such source said,
"If India do exceptionally well in the next couple of matches, and beat South Africa convincingly, then again it will be similar to the situation during the Sri Lanka series, and the selectors will find it hard to pick Sourav," the source said.

And finally, this:
The elections for the post of president, and other office bearers, takes place during the Annual general Meeting on November 29 and 30, and this is crucial. If the Jagmohan Dalmiya-backed Mahendra camp is defeated, and Sharad Pawar takes office, it will become infinitely harder for Ganguly to return to the team. "If Ganguly has to make a comeback then now is the time," the source revealed. "If Pawar comes into power it may be too late for Ganguly."
It is a pity that the comeback of a player of Ganguly's stature depends on elections, factions and board politics, rather than on performance and fitness. No wonder, the cricketing world uses BCCI as an object to embarass us Indians.

Ganguly makes the right sounds in a short interview. Once again, nothing of note except that he is ready to play under anybody and work with Chappel, whom he respects a lot.


  • One of the ways in which the "BCCI Election Syndrome" (sounds like a deadly virus) can be solved is to mandate (via the Court via the PIL) that the election of the Board President should be an election in which all registered members of all associations vote. This would mean that instead of a 29-member voting bloc, we could potentially have thousands of registered cricketers voting to pick the BCCI President and Secretary.

    Who can register and vote, you ask ? Anyone who has represented any of the associations in domestic cricket, anyone who has represented any of the clubs associated with any of the associations, in BCCI-approved competitions. I am sure the number will run into thousands.

    Apart from that, there can also be a general public registration, where we can pay a certain membership amount to register as a Cricket India member. We should touch atleast a couple millions, don't you think ?

    The thing, how will this particular cat be belled, of the BCCI election procedure being modified ?

    By Blogger theesra, at 09:28  

  • I have a feeling that the one person who will under the scanner for the next 2 ODIs will be Sehwag. If he fails, there is a high possibility of SG "sneaking-in" to the ODI squad and maybe even open with SRT. What's your take on this..

    By Blogger spintl, at 10:36  

  • I think there were a lot of positives in the first one dayer. The 'process' that GC and RD keep talking about, is working. There was a top order collapse, and no team is insulated from such a thing. But more imporantly, there was a middle order batsman who was able to stay almost the distance, and the lower order was able to help him out bit-by-bit.

    It should not be considered 'dose of reality' unless we want to start believing that thrashing a hapless Sri Lankan team at home suddenly gives this team the right to call themselves the best team after Australia. No way. It was a good start to a potentially new chapter in Indian cricket, and that's that.

    My thoughts are on my blog.

    By Blogger RPM, at 10:48  

  • Toney: that was one game, mate. SA clearly had the better of the conditions and even with that a wicket or two here and we could have won. I'm glad that the team fought it out. I expect us to win 3-2, unless there is some serious overperforming by the Africans or some serious chink in team chemistry, thanks to the selectors.

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 11:01  

  • alvin, rpm,
    The dose of reality was meant more in terms of the expecttations of the fans. Frankly, I didnt expected a top order collapse of that scale, even in bowler friendly conditions.
    As for this being one game, totally agree. I did mention that the lower order stood upto the task, along with Yuv.

    One thing, we can be sure of. The Africans wont tour unprepared. Woolmer had started it and the team think tank seems to have a few plans. So, the Indians have a fight on their hands.

    By Blogger Toney, at 11:34  

  • So do the proteas Toney... I think the Hyd ODI was an aberration and the Indian team underperformed.. What are the odds that there would be a repeat of the same tommorrow. I am sticking my neck out by saying that if the Indian raise thier game by 10% to the performance we saw at Hyd, the proteas are toast

    By Blogger SHRI, at 12:42  

  • Ganguly's future depends on those factions because he got a lot of favors from them. Basically , "One who lives by the sword(factions) dies by it".

    By Blogger Anand Balasubramanian, at 13:24  

  • Fair enough, toney. SA has typically been the best-prepared side to visit India, last year's Aussies being an exception. I think this will be a very interesting series and that would be great to watch. BTW, what are ppl using to watch these games if you're in the US. I saw a couple of the SL games on willow tv, but that is expensive. Are there cheaper options out there?

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 14:23  

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