MEEK INDIAN SURRENDER TO THE AUSSIE THUNDER
I am a staunch supporter of Indian cricket and very patriotic about India winning, but I am a greater patriot of the game of cricket. With the kind of spineless, unprofessional, uncommitted attitude that was displayed by all departments of the Indian Team as well as the selection committee, it would have been an insult to the game had India even managed to salvage a draw in this Test match at Nagpur.
Just look at the Australian Team coach and the management who have done a thorough study on each Indian player. They know exactly how each Indian batsman would react to every ball and they know exactly the limitations of each Indian bowler too, which was evident at the way Anil Kumble who took 12 wickets in the Chennai Test, was hammered all over in this Test. And we have a Captain and team management who bluff around till about one hour before the test match that Harbhajan Singh is fully fit to play the test. That only shows the immaturity of the Indian think-tank and how poorly they have assessed the potential of the opposition. It is high time that Ganguly starts performing in the ground than in the press conferences.
And what to say about the Indian Selectors performance, who were once given a very apt definition, by one of our erstwhile senior cricketer a few decades back. The tailenders of the Aussie team were holding the bat and using it with much better technique than Mr. Akash Chopra and Mr. Yuvaraj Singh, our expert candidates for the opening batsman. We had a wicket keeper, who was said to have been selected for his batting prowess, who also incidentally knows to wear the wicket-keeping gloves and feel comfortable posing to the cameras with them. Normally in a selection process or for that matter any organizational process, first the role to be played by each of the slots in the team or organization, have to be identified and then human resources fitted into the slots based on their expertise in the respective roles. But in the selection process of the Indian cricket team, the objective of the selection is totally absent, so no question of ascertainment of roles of the eleven slots. The players selected in the team are generally unaware of their role as well as expertise and try to fit in the role available to be played when they land up in the cricket ground and finally do not perform at all and the result is before your eyes in the Nagpur cricket test. Everybody, including Tendulkar himself were shouting, chanting and praying for Tendulkar to play the third test, but for what purpose. Maybe even Tendulkar did not know that which was evident from the result.
LET SOMEBODY PLEASE EDUCATE THE BCCI AND ITS SELECTORS THAT INDIAN CRICKET TEAM DOES NOT REQUIRE HEROES OR THE SO-CALLED EXPERIENCED NON-PERFORMING ASSETS, BUT JUST SIMPLE CRICKETERS LIKE DAMIEN MARTIN AND CLARKE, WHO KNOW EXACTLY THEIR ROLES IN THE TEAM AND PLAY IT TO PRECISION TO MAKE THE TEAM WIN.