Thursday, June 14, 2007

Viru: The Risky Exclusion

I'm a cricket follower by heart and soul. Thou these days I do not get much time to follow the game, but I do keep an eye on it. Since last two years the Indian cricket team is going through bad phase. Be it be captain controversy, Sehwag's, Tendulkar's or Dravid's issue. Issues will be always there. We can always find a problem or two when team is loosing. However the cricket administrators in India always go for temporary solutions rather than long time effective one.

Being a sportsman I know how it feels, when you are out of form. The more you try in the middle the more you get trapped. Its just like you are in trap of "ANACONDA" the more you try to get out of its grip the more you get in. Similar problem is with Batsmen. This is not an excuse thou, but if we are trying to win matches, we need match winners. We must not loose them or hurt their confidence. In Sehwag's and Irfan Pathan's case similar things happened. They are down in confidence and badly criticized by those who cannot even face one single ball speeding 100 KMPH.

We talk about team game and teams performance, then why the hell we are not taking individual's performance in team's perspective. A quick hit 45 from Sehwag is much better than a 100 ball 67 from any other guy. Sehwag's quality is his free flow hitting, he may or may not succeed on a given day, but if he does match is yours and you get better return of your money. Few years back Akash Chopra- Sehwag Opening pair was doing good for India. Akash was the perfect complement for Sehwag, why he was removed despite of team's success? The reason was he was not able to convert his 40s to 100s. Now this is a dilemma. We force our players to go for records rather than play for team. Now if the same Akash have had made two 100s in 5 games rather than continuous 40s-50s he should have stayed in the team irrespective of team's success or failure. Similarly we are not taking into the account of flashy start of Sehwag as an asset to Indian team. Instead we are looking how many 50s or 100s he is getting under his belt. If we have to make a team rather than combination of individuals, we must stop looking into personal achievements. Rather we should look into who is and where a particular player fits into team’s composition. This may be the reason why the skipper Dravid fought for Sehwag, cuz he found Sehwag fit on top. Also he is handy with the ball which gives India an extra option in field

On the last tour of England, after initial hiccups Sehwag opened up and was instrumental in team's triumph. To win a test match you need to bowl out the opponent twice. And given the penetration power of Indian bowling attack, we need time. Here the batsman like Sehwag comes into picture, who can take away the game in one or two sessions. We can only hope that the new temporary opening pair click in the unfriendly conditions. It will be definitely not a cake walk for them as it was in the neighboring Bangladesh. Last time gritty Sanjay Bangar along with Sehwag provided some Solid starts, which were influential in India’s success.

In India if you succeed in one match you are greatest Star on the earth and if you fail you are not even worthy to live on this planet. These days the way of opposing has become too violent. Players from the Sub-continent have an extra pressure each time they go out there in the middle to perform. Pressure to perform is always okay and one should be able to cope up with these, but the way people have started showing their anger is not doing any good to the favorite Indian Sports.

Lets hope the mix of fresh and experience will do some good to the team. Also lets hope the Coach Controversy will not hinder the team’s morale.



P!yush said...

Arre Babu wat i think is 3 innings of 40 each are better than 10 innings with 8 Ducks, 1 Century n one 50...

Say what???

Akhil said...

hmm... thats what I've written dude. Akash Chopra was scoring in 40s regularly and also the team was winning (Even Down Under they Won).