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Monday, January 09, 2006

Captaincy the key

In this Cricinfo article Greg Chappell praises Bob Woolmer for transforming the Pakistan side.

He also seeks to downplay the perception that this series would be a test of his skills vs Woolmer's.

It is all about the captain and the team. The captains are the ones who extract the best performances from their players. Our job is to guide them as best as we can and ensure every player plays to his potential.

Rahul Dravid and Inzamam-Ul Haq are tremendous batsmen, and have proven that the burden of captaincy will not affect their batting. However, as far on field captaincy goes, whoever does a better job could make a vital difference.

This is one area, IMO, where India might have a significant edge. Dravid's on field captaincy during India's defense against Australia in the Mumbai Test came in for widespread praise. That is possibly one area where he scores over Inzamam.

Also, the poll on the India-Pakistan test series was reset and put back on the blog earlier this morning. This was because the option for a drawn series (0-0 or 1-1), was not previously available.

Update: For those of you who have already voted, you would need to vote once again, as the poll has been reset.


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