|Indian Cricket: Whats happening
||[Nov. 29th, 2006|12:23 pm]
I am not sure whether it's a coincidence, the Indian Cricket team is often in dire straits before the World Cup. The problem is the selectors always get impressed whenever an youngster scores runs in a series or plays one or two good knock so that he can be given a chance forever. They should realize that it's high time that to learn some lessons from Australian Selection panel and should implement the following.
1. No Mercy to any players
Everyone knows how Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh and Micheal Bevan were shown the door so ruthlessly, despite that Ricky Ponting's Australia came out in flying colors in 2003 World cup, therefore country's win is important than who's playing in 11's. The players who will survive such a selection policy from current Indian team would be Sachin, Dravid, Dhoni and Harbhajan.
2. Roles should be clear
Players like Pathan are victims of it. He was a good bowler, but suddenly he got an all rounder tag, and now he's struggling in both. It has to be made clear that bowlers should be bowlers and batsmen should be batsmen and all rounders should enter the team as all rounders. Did Jason Gillespie who scored 201* against Bangladesh was there in Ashes squad as a batsman or as an all rounder?
3. Captain's role
The captain needs to be more aggressive, which is missing in Dravid's approach compared to Sourav, go ahead, ask bowlers to bowl bouncers, target batsmen, win them mentally and the rest is done (don't drop catches please).
Enough is enough, let's pray for India in the current series and not to forget in World cup too.